I’ve left this review sitting in my drafts for about a week now simply because I couldn’t separate objective me from fangirl me. Try not to judge me too much, okay?

Nikki Heat’s job performance has attracted the attention of the higher ups and she’s up for promotion to lieutenant. Yet her thoughts are with her boyfriend (although she won’t use that label), the famous journalist Jameson Rook who has disappeared without another word, and the captain of her homicide squad who is being investigated by Internal Affairs. All of this takes a backseat when a parish priest is murdered at a New York bondage club; the murder quickly becomes Heat’s most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York’s most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

This is my favorite of the three books. While the other three are funny and enjoyable, this one is intriguing and it’s evident that a lot of thought went into building up this plot. Castle’s “inspiration” for him time following Kate Beckett flows seamlessly from the show to the page. For fans of the show, reading everything from the dedication to the author’s note is like digging into the mind of the show’s main characters. Castle drops a lot of hints about how much he loves Beckett, particularly the scene where Heat reads a romance novel staring Kate Seckett to Rook.

It’s not necessary to watch the show to read the books but doing so adds another dimension to both the experience of reading the book and watching the show. Based on what’s currently happening on the show and what happened in this book, I cannot wait to read the four (and final?) book set to be released in September of this year.

Book Mentioned:

  • Castle, Richard. Heat Rises. New York: Hyperion, 2011. eBook. 305 pgs. ISBN: 9781401324438. Source: Purchased.
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