Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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If I had picked this up off the shelf, knowing nothing about the tv show, I would have still loved it just as much, and would be looking for more from this author. It has great visual writing, and the dialogue is witty and interesting - much like the show, of course. There are a lot of characters who walk through the pages of Naked Heat, but they are really easy to keep track of, and it keeps you from figuring all of it out before the end.
You won't go away disappointed, and you'll come away with a couple of interesting extras... like Victoria St Clair.
I just happened to be looking for a new mystery to read, and found "Richard Castle" and the character-becomes-author twist. While the TV show at times becomes a little convoluted, I honestly felt that if the author of the book had added one more character, I was going to need an organization chart, and me without a DVR to rewind. A gossip columnist is murdered, and off we go...on an fairly enjoyable read (3 ½ stars actually).
However, the characters are not as likeable - as fleshed out if you will - or as funny. The two "minor" detectives have even lesser roles, and the coroner who on the TV show can crack you up with a look, is along with the daughter and mother, nonexistent. The give-and-take between Castle (or Rook as the case may be) and Beckett (Heat) is flat, and there are few references to the reader's day-to-day real lives that makes you smirk, smile, or just laugh when you hear them on the show.
If there were no TV show, I probably would still give it 4 stars, not 5. Five stars to the show (until the first three of this season) which has the advantage of having excellent actors who make it seem as though they probably like each other off-camera, and without seeing of having facial expressions described, the book is simply lacking.
It's doubtful that I will spend that much to read another "Nikki Heat"/Richard Castle book. If you enjoy the TV show, this may be a disappointment. If you've never seen the show, this may be a pleasant surprise.
I enjoyed Heat Wave a lot, but Naked Heat stepped up the writing a bit for me. Maybe it was just because the characters had already been created, but the author found a better voice.
The scene starts about 3 months after HW, with the fallout from Rook's article about Nikki. There's a body, then a couple more, and some really interesting connections between them. The new characters are well formed; the dialog is funny and for the most part not too trite or clichéd, although it does have some close calls.
You will probably end up guessing who the killer is, although the connection will remain a mystery until the end. And as the saying goes, it's the journey, not the destination. Even if you've been on the ride before, it's still enjoyable. :)
Besides, if you're looking at this book you're probably a fan of the show, and how much fun is it to play "spot the tie in" to Castle?