Book Review of “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle

Heat Wave

By Richard Castle
I fell in love with Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) the first time I saw “Castle” on Star World. He was the reason I got home from work in time to catch the episode. The cases were challenging and intriguing and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) was stunning as the NYDP detective.

For those who do not know what I’m talking about, here’s a brief background of the crime-drama series CASTLE – Richard Castle is a mystery novelist who is called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on his novel. Kate Beckett is the smart and stunning homicide detective who soon becomes Ric’s inspiration for a character- Nikki Heat. Ric obtains permission to accompany Beckett as she investigates cases.

ABC (the original network to air the series in USA) has gone beyond people’s imagination to release the novel as was depicted in the series, (as though it is a real book by a real author, right down to an about the author, author’s picture of Nathan Fillion on the jacket cover, acknowledgements, and dedication).
And it reads like an episode from the series too. It is a fast paced, gripping novel that brings almost all the scenes in the book alive – running through your head like a movie.

The story, about the murder of a real estate king – Matthew Starr, is full of twists and plots and evidences that point at various suspects that keep you hooked all along. In fact, it’s a master mix of most of the cases Ric has been on with Beckett (in the series).

The tone of the story is just apt- what I expected from a writer as charming as Richard Castle – with the right mix of humor and accuracy. The characterization is superb and believable; the information is very crisp; and the relationships and interactions are very real and engaging.

If you’ve seen the series you would not miss the striking resemblance between the on-screen characters and the ones in the book. Be it the gang of detectives, Castle’s mother, or the whole lot of characters. Having said that, had the book been a stand-alone (without the backup of the tele-series) you would’ve still loved it…maybe more!

It has a good set of drama, mystery, suspense, action, romance, and everything that a good book should.

(Psst…don’t miss the sex scene on page 104, as said in the episode.)



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