Heat Wave: Nikki Heat (Book 1)
By Richard Castle
“A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife survives a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another murder.
Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice. When the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest, Rook turns out to be as much a handful as he is handsome.
As Nikki works to unravel the secrets of the murdered tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.”
I watch Castle every week and cannot wait for the next episode; I am hooked (although I am hooked on lots of TV series). So when I found out that the books that had been written in the TV show had been released in real life, well, I just had to read them. Matt bought me Heat Wave, as the nearest place for us to buy it, as far as we know, is in London and it is a lot easier for Matt to buy books in London than me. If you watch Castle you will know that the books that Richard Castle writes about Nikki Heat are based on Detective Kate Beckett and the 12th Precinct. But, do try to remember that it is not Beckett, Ryan and Esposito running the cases!
Heat Wave is about Detective Nikki Heat with Detectives Raley and Ochoa solving a suicide case, they have a tag-a-long in the form of a reporter, Jameson Rook. It is the first in the Nikki Heat series.
I really liked the case that runs through Heat Wave, the characters and the relationships they have. The characters felt real, I felt like I was at the crime scene with them or at home with Nikki or at the Precinct. My favourite character is probably Nikki Heat, although Jameson Rook is a very close second. This is because she is well developed as a character, while Raley and Ochoa could do with some improvement as I would really like to bond with them some more. My favourite bit was the relationship between Nikki and Jameson developing, as in the TV show there are hints of what may happen in later books, and I cannot wait to see where the books take the relationship.
The action scenes were really well written and it made me laugh quite a few times, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, or what it says about my sense of humour! Heat Wave definitely kept me guessing, I had no idea what was going to happen which was fantastic. It had me gripped from beginning to end; I read it in one day!
It is written in third person narrative, but I feel like Heat Wave needed to be in third person, otherwise you cannot follow other characters when the main character is not there.
Heat Wave is definitely for the more mature reader as there is some explicit content (not as bad as 50 shades), but any fan of crime novels would enjoy it, potentially fans of romance novels would enjoy it as a step outside of their comfort zone. I would also recommend it to anyone who watches the Castle TV series, as it like being one of the people in Castle by being able to read the book written in series 1. 5 out of 5.