Would you put aside your family - your mom who is in a mental institution and your new fiance - in order to go undercover to determine who is fixing thoroughbred races?
Could you live alone, with only your only true contact being an agent that goes from "jerk to genuine friend on any given day?"
What happens when your own life is threatened?
Who will you truly rely on?
In the book description, it's said that book five (this novel) lets Raleigh Harmon walk "through the darkest night of her soul" as she searches for a "place where the stars shine bright."
I think that is a strong description of Raleigh and Sibella Giorello's writing style.
In book five (I've read the last three novels), Giorello continues to craft a strong novel around her central character - Raleigh Harmon - an FBI agent who is learning to live life as a Christian, even as she works through the rough edges of her life.
I said in my last review that Raleigh seems like a "good wine," who was either "aging well as the series progresses, or I'm just enjoying watching her solve crimes and continue to grow in her faith."
I think that's true with this newest novel. It's not easy to read - Sibella's life is not all unicorns and rainbows.
Instead, I think she's a character that many people will identify with. She struggles to live out her faith in the midst of trials. She wants to follow God's plan, but finds it hard to live up to the expectations which swirl around her life.
In all, I think Giorello continues to develop Raleigh as a mulch-diminsional character. This would definitely be a series I would pass along to someone looking for a "clean" alternative to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club.
On the scale of one to five, I give this novel a solid three. It's probably not a novel that I'll read more than once, but I'll definitely pass it along to others.
About The Author
Sibella Giorello grew up in the mountains of Alaska admiring the beauty and nature that surrounded her. She majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts hoping to learn more about the landscape she loved back home. From there Sibella followed a winding path, much like the motorcycle ride she took across the country, which led to her true love, journalism.
She found herself in Seattle writing for rock-n-roll magazine and earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington before heading south to the land of great stories.
In Virginia, Sibella became a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was there she also met her husband and would hear Jesus whispering her name at a tent revival.
Sibella started writing about Raleigh Harmon as a way to keep her love of story-telling alive while staying at home with her young sons. As a journalist and author, her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. The Stones Cry Out, the first Raleigh Harmon novel, won a Christy award for debut novel in 2008. Sibella now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons.
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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.