Book reviews

Heat Wave


All you Castle fans out there, raise your hand!! Well, for those who don’t know, it is a very popular TV show revolving around murder mysteries and detectives and a writer. A team of three detectives – Kate Beckett, Esposito and Ryan along with Castle, our writer. (Sorry, I am not using their original names, as I wouldn’t remember them myself.  It’s easier this way, to relate to them). So, what’s a writer doing with them? Well, he decides to work alongside Kate to gain inspiration for characters for his new novel.

Ok, so when they kept talking about Castle’s books on the show, I definitely dint know it was for real. Thought, it’s only a character he’s playing. Until, a few days back when a friend passed on ‘Heat Wave’ to me. For those who haven’t watched the show, the book is based on Kate and her team. He names her Niki Heat. For those who haven’t read the book, it’s true – he makes up for his fantasies about/with Kate.

Just like any Castle show, the book begins with the murder of a commercial estate mogul, Mathew Starr. A look into his background reveals his state of bankruptcy. Why would someone want to kill a bankrupt guy? The arrest of a suspect makes it messy for Nikki when he lands up at her place. Just when the investigation is taking its course, they come across two more murders. They need to get to the root of it all in order to stop the killing of witnesses/suspects.

I think I put up with the book only because I am a Castle fan. The book looked  like it was written in a hurry. You can’t help but keep picturing it like you see it on TV. But it definitely did no justice to the show. C’mon, of all things, he did not even do justice to his own character in the book. Sigh!

So for the show, maybe a 11/10, and for the book,a 2/5.

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