Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Clouds Roll Away

The Clouds Roll Away
Sibella Giorello


Series or Stand Alone: Raleigh Harmon series, book two

Release Date: March 2010

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pages: 336

My Rating: 4.25/5

Source: Received for review from Phenix & Phenix Publicity

Synopsis

Raleigh Harmon's life seems as impossible to solve as the high-profile case she's pursuing.

Closing her assignment with the FBI's Seattle office, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself investigating an ugly cross burning at a celebrity's mansion and standing in the crosshairs of her boss at the Bureau. And the deeper Raleigh digs into the case, the murkier the water becomes...until she's left wondering who the real victims might be.

To make matters worse, Raleigh's personal life offers almost zero clarity. Her former confidant is suddenly remote while her former boyfriend keeps popping up wherever she goes. And then there's her mother. Raleigh's move home was supposed to improve Nadine's fragile sanity, but instead seems to be making things worse.

As the threads of the case begin crossing and double-crossing, Raleigh is forced to rely on her forensic skills, her faith, and the fervent hope that breakthrough will come, bringing with it that singular moment when the clouds roll away and everything finally makes sense.

Review:

Here’s another review that I waited WAY too long to write… and this time I’m actually pretty peeved at myself because I really enjoyed THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY. I knew beforehand that the book was considered Christian Fiction and while I’m slowly starting to introduce myself to the genre, it still shocks the crap out of me when I find one that exceeds all of my expectations.

THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY is a mystery/suspense/thriller that had me addicted to it in the first few chapters. Raleigh Harmon is a forensic geologist (how odd and cool is that?!?) who is returning home to Richmond, Virginia after finishing up a shaky case in Seattle. She returns to a new boss that wants nothing more than to sit her butt at a desk piled under mountains of paperwork, and a high-profile investigation that she wasn’t expecting to get a shot at. The case seems to be just another hate crime in the South but there is so much more than what is on the surface and it takes everything Raleigh has, including her faith, to keep her afloat.

I fully admit that I loved Raleigh. I can’t remember a lot of details about the novel but I know I enjoyed Raleigh’s personality and getting to know her. Apparently this isn’t the first book by Sibella Giorello that features Raleigh in it. I can’t figure out which installment THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY is in her series however, which is a little frustrating. But besides that, I know I want more of Raleigh Harmon and I want it now!

I’m sorry I’m so sparse on details but a lot of it is so hazy now. I do know that (1) I want more by Sibella Giorello, especially if it features Raleigh and (2) don’t let the fact that this is Christian Fiction sway anyone from picking this one up. You definitely won’t be disappointed if you like mystery/thrillers!!

5 comments:

brizmus said...

You make this sound so good, which has me wanting to read it, which is weird because from the summary it really doesn't seem like a book I would like.

misskallie2000 said...

Oh my gosh Mishel, this book was written for me. I love mystery, suspense, thriller and of course a litte romance. lol
I have added this one to my wish list and hope I can get it soon.
Thanks for the great review. I have just found Christian fiction and love it.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

mis(h)takes said...

Brenda - I really hope you get the chance to read it. It sounds like you'll really enjoy it =) Let me know when and if you do get it!

brizmus - That's awesome! I do hope you'll get the chance to pick it up

Sibella said...

Hey -- so glad you liked the book and Raleigh! Even more glad it shocked the crap out of you!!

Thanks for a wonderful review. Loved reading your writing, too.

Sibella Giorello

mis(h)takes said...

Aw, thanks for taking the time out to visit and comment Sibella, it means a lot to me.

I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on more of your work.

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