17336666Everything comes to a head here with the mystery of how and why Nikki Heat’s mother was murdered.  And fans of the Castle show will notice the parallels between the story of Bekett’s mother as well as at least two cases they solved during the show.

So we catch up with Heat and Rook investigating a health inspector baked in a pizza oven, a TV reporter strangled with TV cable, and a bio terror plot to wipe out half of New York City while simultaneously filling the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies.

And thes best thing is, even if you’ve kept up on the show the book keeps you guessing the whole ‘who dunnit’ right up until the end.  I thought that was fantastic.  It’s really hard to keep interest when you do things like this, base a book series on a TV/movie/video game.  Fans feel like they already know everything or that the books will be worse than their chosen medium, but so far the ghost writer behind the Heat series are doing a fantastic job keeping the books interesting and new.  At least for me.

I am a little surprised however that the books don’t seem to be caught up with the series yet.  I feel like the show is two seasons or more ahead of the books.  But there is one more Heat book out there I haven’t read yet, so we’ll see.

Another ‘serious note’ book coming up, one I’ve had my eye on for a while.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

12232938The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.