A fictional book about fictional characters written by a fictional character? How could I resist? Some of you may recognize the “author” from the cop drama “Castle”. This book is the first in Castle’s series based on his shadowing of Kate Beckett and, in this case, fiction mirrors reality. Er, fiction. In the book, NYPD Detective Nikki Heat is followed by journalist Jameson Rook as she solves a whodunit case involving murder and art theft. The only differences between this and the show are the characters names and Rook’s occupation. Oh, and the fact that Heat and Rook end up sleeping together.
I’ve been having a fairly stressful week and I wanted a break from all the dense nonfiction I’ve been reading lately. This book proved to be a great escape; I just I hadn’t figured out the culprit so quickly. Castle, or whoever actually wrote this book, tries to throw twists and turns into the plot but it is unfortunately fairly transparent.
I can also see why (the fictional) Kate Beckett was so upset that her alter ego was so sexualized. The way they end up having sex reads like fanfiction. Good fanfiction but fanfiction none the less. Even so, I will probably end up reading the next book in the series. I really like the character Nikki Heat, which should come as no surprise considering how much I like Beckett. Plus, my brain could use the mental break every now and then.
- Castle, Richard. Heat Wave. New York: Hyperion, 2009. eBook. 196 pgs. IBSN: 9781401323820. Source: Purchased.