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Jess Reviews: Driving Heat by Richard Castle

Driving Heat (Nikki Heat, #7)

Driving Heat by Richard Castle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published on 15th September 2015 by Titan Books
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Richard Castle, New York Times mega-bestselling mystery writer and star of ABC’s hit primetime show Castle is back. In the seventh novel of his popular Nikki Heat series, the NYPD’s top homicide detective has been promoted to captain just in time to face a thrilling case with a very personal twist. Captain Heat’s fiancĂ©, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jameson Rook, is deep in an investigation. Professionally for Heat, Rook’s meddling in the case compromises her new job. Privately, it becomes an early test of their engagement when Rook becomes a distraction at best, and an obstacle at worst, as their parallel lives not only cross, but collide.

My Review

This instalment in the Nikki Heat series was once again another amazingly fun read (although I really expected no less). The ways in which season 7 of Castle was interpreted and reflected upon in this book really intrigued me. I loved picking up on all the little references from the show, especially how Richard Castle still likes to play the role reversal card. Things that happen or are said by Kate become things that happen or are said by Rook and I think it’s really interesting how he does that. He almost in a way highlights how Kate is not alone in the things she worries about (losing the spark in their relationship when they get married) and how far he would go to protect her if he could by switching their places. However, it also raised a lot of questions for season 8: Kate’s new role in the precinct, the tension that will undoubtedly loom between Esposito and Ryan etc etc.

My favourite part about this book was undoubtedly the incorporation of the transcripts from Nikki’s therapy sessions and how they were strategically placed throughout the entire book. They never gave you the full picture, just enough to entice you and leave you with lingering questions about what this means for Nikki and Rook’s relationship. The transcripts practically bled into the narrative itself; once the issue was raised we saw it unfold between the two characters through the arguments, the omissions, the secrecy and Kate’s inner monologue. It still takes almost dying and being in perpetual danger for these two to put things in perspective or voice the things they’ve been meaning to say. No different from the show in that respect.

I’d also like to thank whoever ghostwrites this thing because they let Rook and Nikki get married the way Rick and Kate should have done. Flaming cars be damned. They did it.

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