Thursday, February 28

Book Review: Heat Wave

Title: Heat Wave

Author: Richard Castle

Pages: EBook 196

Summary: A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the book. I think it's partly due to the fact I went in with lower expectations, but it was a pleasant surprise. I had my issues with the book of course, but it was a fun read.

It was what I'd expect from this type of book. But I did enjoy the characterization, as corny as they were, they were fun to read about. The mystery was interesting to read along with and the action scenes were fairly good as well. It's by no stretch a book that was overly thrilling, but it was one I enjoyed reading. It was refreshing at times - and I did find myself loosing myself in the story. I'm not a big mystery/thriller fan - especially for books like this one, but I did enjoy reading the book. My biggest issue with the book was it was very predictable, from the mystery, to the love interests, it was easy to see what would happen next. It was what I was expecting, so it didn't seem to bother me as much as it normally would, but it is one of the factors in the book that was a bit of a turn off. I also found at times the writing style changed throughout the books - I think it's likely due to the ghost writer or writers of the book - which would easily explain the slight changes in writing style in the book - as Richard Castle is fictional. But, it was something I noticed throughout.

Otherwise, it was a nice, light fun read. Corny at times, but it was enjoyable and well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the book surprised me on how much I enjoyed it. I think mystery/thriller fans would enjoy it and anyone who enjoys the show castle.

What to read next: The other Nikki Heat Books (oh and I'd say watch Castle as well).

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Mystery/Crime Challenge, New Author Challenge

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