I grabbed this up soon as it hit the shelf because I'm a real fan of the tv show, 'Castle'. I won't give away anything about the novels story line, but will say I was at first amused by the writing then later felt a bit let down. For a hardcover adult mystery the book comes in under 200 pages. It must be written by the tv shows script writers as the pacing, dialog, etc..is exactly what you see on tv every Monday night. And for me, that became a problem with the book. What works in a 1 hr (42 filmed mins) tv episode, falls a bit short in a book. I wanted MORE...background, dialog, details... The antics of the reporter-ride along character became somewhat annoying to me by the end of the book. If a 2nd one comes out and is larger, I might try it to see if it's improved.
Loved it! But, I'm a huge fan of the show, so I might be a little biased! And, I loved this in the way that I like brainless reads. Plus, I like the references during the show to the book. It makes me feel like I'm on the inside!
Rook and Nikki Heat have the same type of relationship and undercurrents as does Castle and Beckett on the TV show. It's got much of the same wit and sarcasm. I really enjoyed the book but it was totally forgettable. The case was fun, fast-paced and pretty standard for this type of book. There wasn't much conflict, or anything that really got my heart pumping. I actually laughed more than I frowned in concentration!
Overall, if you like the show, you'll enjoy the book. Otherwise, I don't think that anyone will find this very engaging. It's a light read that is more enjoyable due to it's underlying humor.
The was a totally fun read. I'm a huge fan of the show, so as I was reading the book I could "hear" the voices of the characters in my head while reading the dialogue. If you're looking for a serious read, this isn't it. But if you want a well constructed mystery with plenty of fun, this is a great book. I'd love to know who actually wrote the book - my guess is that it's a collaboration between James Patterson and Stephan Cannell. I wonder if we'll ever find out?
I had fun with this book as a fan of the show. If you don't watch the show, I'm not sure how much you'll enjoy it. It's a quick read. I was done in less than a day and glad that I had checked it out from the library. It's definitely a guilty pleasure rather than literature, but if that's what you're looking for you'll be satisfied! It is also very interesting to think about the book as an extension of the show. Although there is clearly a real author out there (Tom Straw has been suggested in reviews on amazon) the actor from the show is on the book jacket and the character's name is in the author's spot. I think this raises some interesting questions about how media is evolving.
This book was great. It was just like watching the TV show. As soon as it was released I had to get it and read it. I wish they would release more. Although if you can't get into the show "Castle", you may not enjoy this book, it was written like an episode of the show.