Monday, 22 September 2014

Review - Raging Heat by Richard Castle

Raging Heat
Nikki Heat, book 6
by Richard Castle
Publisher: Kingswell
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-1401324810
Pages: 304
Buy Link: Amazon


You know that a new season of ABC's Castle is just around the corner when a new Nikki Heat title is released to bookstores. If you have never watched an episode of the series, then you'll probably be slightly confused about the back-story of Nikki Heat. On the series, Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery author who tags along with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to solve mysteries and help him get inspiration for his next novel. That novel happens to be titled Heat Wave and the novel was published in reality in 2009 under the name Richard Castle, which is actually a ghostwriter. Four sequels quickly followd with the sixth novel, Raging Heat, being released last week. The characters in the Nikki Heat series mimics the characters on Castle, which Nikki Heat is a version of Kate Beckett and Jameson Rook is a version of Richard Castle.

Raging Heat opens up with NYPD Nikki Heat investigating a serious of bizarre deaths, which one of the victims is found in a planetarium. All the deaths occur within a 36-hour time-span leading up to Hurricane Sandy. The crime scenes' evidence points towards Homeland Security Commissioner Keith Gilbert, whom is going to run for Senator.

Meanwhile, Nikki's boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook, returns to NY after being on a writing assignment. Once again, Rook tags along with Nikki, as she investigates the murders and of course Rook has his own theory on who the killer is and he thinks Nikki has arrested the wrong suspect.

Nikki is use to Rook's wild conspiracies, but this time he has gone a bit too far, especially when the other detectives are backing up Rook's opinion. With time running out until the Hurricane Sandy hits, Nikki must put her job and her relationship with Rook on the line to solve the case.

While I don't know who the ghostwriter is for Nikki Heat series, I do know that each and every book is better written than the last. Fans of Castle will notice the plot's similarities to several past episodes (especially the ending), which makes Raging Heat a bit more of fun to read. There are plenty of twists and turns around every chapter to keep any reader glued to the story. Overall, Raging Heat is an intense mystery that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. I highly recommend the book to other readers.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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