Aug 4, 2012

The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello

After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.

Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.

She’s never felt more alone.

Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancĂ© wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself.

With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancĂ© will make things better—or worse.

Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.

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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The Stars Shine Bright is book number five in the Raleigh Harmon series. It continues the exciting life of Raleigh, who at this particular point in her career has become a somewhat disheartened FBI agent. She isn't too sure about her upcoming wedding plans, her future as an FBI agent is on the line, and her mother won't even speak to her.

In one last attempt to prove herself to the FBI, Raleigh agrees to work undercover at a prestigious thoroughbred race track. She poses as the niece of an extremely wealthy women who owns several of the top contending race horses on the circuit. Raleigh is provided with a beautiful place to live, a car she almost drools over, and an incredible wardrobe of designer shoes and clothes. Instantly she was transported into a life that most girls can only dream of.

Raleigh quickly discovers that there are some rather shady dealings going on, and as the new kid at the track, she unfortunately becomes a suspect in the unexplained barn fire and also in the deaths of some irreplaceable race horses.

Using some unconventional investigative methods, and relying on contacts in the FBI who are willing to go above and beyond, Raleigh quickly makes some headway into the mysteries at the track. Torn between her feelings of obligation versus what her heart is telling her, Raleigh must do some serious soul searching before she can move on ... both professionally and romantically. 

I have read several other books in the Raleigh Harmon series, and this one is my favourite so far. For anyone who loves a great mystery with a realistic heroine who struggles just like the rest of us, I highly recommend the entire series. 

Disclosure: Ebook received through NetGalley courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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