Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blog Tour: The Clouds Roll Away (Review)

Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

.....she lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother's mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.


What I Thought
This is the third book featuring Raleigh Harmon as a main protagonist, but my first exposure to both this series and the author Sibella Giorello.

Honestly, I'm still trying to decide if I liked the book enough to read the other pieces of the series. First let me say that Giorello is a good writer. Her characters have depth and her story lines are strong. 

Part of my "discomfort" in reading this book is probably because it's "mid-series." I think if you "grew alongside" Raleigh through book one: The Stones Cry Out or book two: The Rivers Run Dry, you would have a chance to see how Giorello grows Raleigh as a character and as a Christian.

I liked the story line - it kept me jumping with it's twists and turns. It truly had an unexpected ending. I grew frustrated with the "back story" or information about Raleigh's past - especially when decisions she makes in this novel, are definitely influenced by the "ghosts" in her career. It was almost like I had woken up from a deep sleep, and everyone else knew what had happened, but I was left trying to fill in the missing pieces in my memory.

Raleigh is a gritty character. Someone in another on-line review, labeled her the Christian version of James Patterson's Alex Cross. I'd say, instead she's more in the line of Patterson's Lindsey Boxer in the Women's Murder Club series. She is definitely a strong, female who is trying to figure out life, despite some major roadblocks and setbacks.

If you like mystery, suspense and a Christian "worldview," but don't mind a bit of grit and grime along the way, then you will probably really like this series. I definitely recommend that you start with book one. You can find more information about all of Giorello's books by visiting her blog.

About The Author
Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features for the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Giorello and her other books at her website. www.sibellagiorello.com

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It's A contest!
Win a KINDLE from Sibella Giorello!

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Giorello is celebrating the release of The Clouds Roll Away by giving away a KINDLE prize pack worth more than $150!

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com
To enter simply click on one of the icons below! Then tell your friends! Winner will be announced Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 on Giorello's blog: http://sibellagiorello.blogspot.com/


About The Clouds Roll Away - "Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello's mystery also features well-developed characters..."
—Booklist, starred review


Find out more here! 

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail. 

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