I am admitting defeat, Heat Wave by Richard Castle

This doesn’t happen often, so make sure to listen up. I cannot and will not finish a book I started. I have tried unsuccessfully to get into this book for a week, for me, it simply can’t be done. The book is Heat Wave by Richard Castle. Castle is an hour-long crime drama on ABC Monday night, and just happens to be one of my favorite shows. For those of you that don’t know the show it centers around the shaky partnership of Detective Kate Beckett and author Richard Castle. Castle is documenting cases to use in his upcoming books so he tags along and helps solve the gritty murders in the city of New York. The chemistry is awesome, the sexual tension can be cut with a knife, and the banter is great.

When I was browsing through Borders one day and saw that ABC actually had someone (ghost write) write the book Castle was finishing in the show last season, I knew I had to read it. I was overly excited even though I knew this wasn’t the genre I typically read.

From page 1 I couldn’t get into it. I tried and after five days I have made it only to page 69. I can’t do it. I really wanted to love this book. The writing style is way different from anyone I have read before and that may be because it’s a crime novel instead of contemporary or a romance.Though I have read crime dramas in the past with no problem.  I couldn’t get into the descriptions of the city streets that seemed to go on and on in detail. I get it. It’s New York. There are lots of streets. Telling me about the width of the intersection at 57th and Broadway doesn’t help me picture it any clearer. The two main characters (Detective Nikki Heat and Rook) don’t have a whole lot of chemistry. Which I was banking on to get me through the rough scenes I encountered at every turn. There are a couple of laughable lines in the first 69 pages:

“Heat was betting the magic was in his pants and was his wallet”

“Check it out! I tripped on Uranus.”

But even these every so often couldn’t make me crack a smile and hold my attention. At this point I do not care who killed the building tycoon with the fake life. The characters are typical and cliché. The bookie and his muscle, the young trophy wife (who was a stripper in the past), the guy that does the books..and on and on….

To say I am sad I couldn’t get into this book would be an understatement. I really tried, but I now have to move on. I have something like twenty books staring at me that demand to be read. I guess I will stick to the show instead of the books. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic do a wonderful job of portraying their characters. I just wish the ghost writer would have been able to capture Richard Castle’s writing style for what I was hoping it to be.

I hope someone else had much better luck with it than I did.

2 stars to Heat Wave by Richard Castle


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