Book Review: “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle (Nikki Heat series #1)



Title:  Heat Wave

Author:  Richard Castle

Series:  Nikki Heat #1

Synopsis (from  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. Pulitzer Prize-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.


My thoughts:  As an avid reader, I am definitely from the school of “the movie and/or the TV show is never as good as the book”.  However, in this case, I just can’t agree – ugh, so hard to admit 🙂

I absolutely love the TV series Castle (hello, who doesn’t love looking at . . . I mean watching Nathan Fillion 🙂 – but I was not too thrilled about this first novel in the Richard Castle series.   The characters of Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook just don’t seem to be characterized like they are in the TV show.  Yes, there is a little bit of spunk in the Jameson Rook character but certainly not as much fun as the Richard Castle character.  The spark between Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook in the novel just isn’t the same as the remarkable, fun, relationship between the characters on TV.

The overall mystery and plotline of the book was alright, but nothing spectacular.

I usually persevere with series even though they aren’t my favorite, but I’m not sure I can with this one.   I will simply sit back and keep enjoying Castle on TV!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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