The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello
Published By: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Format: Paperback - 400 pages / Kindle - 748 KB / Nook - 878 KB
Genre: Christian Fiction / Mystery - Suspense - Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event host by Litfuse Publicity.
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 fiancé 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 fiancé 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.
My Book Review:
FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon has been suspended for bending the rules in a previous case, and finds herself being investigated by the agency's Internal Affairs department. The FBI is giving Raleigh another chance to redeem herself, she is sent to Seattle, Washington, on an undercover assignment at Emerald Meadows, a thoroughbred horse racing track, to investigate a case of fixing horse races. Raleigh finds that there is more than fixing races going on at the track, the horses are dying from mysterious illnesses, and someone is trying to stop her from solving the case.
Complicating matters even more for Raleigh are her personal issues: her mother has been involuntarily committed to a mental asylum; her fiance wants her to give up her job and move home to Virginia; and she's fighting an attraction to her co-worker, FBI Special Agent Jack Stephanson.
Can Raleigh put her trust in God and her faith, with memories of time spent with her Dad looking up at the night sky where The Stars Shine Bright to solve the case and her personal problems?
The Stars Shine Bright is an intriguing mystery novel filled with enough adventure, drama, suspense and romance to keep you guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat. Written in the first person narrative by our quirky protagonist, Raleigh Harmon, the reader goes along for the ride on her latest FBI assignment. Rich in attention to detail and vivid descriptions of the beautiful setting in Seattle; along with the sights, sounds and smell of the horse racing world, the reader is easily drawn into Raleigh's latest adventure full of suspenseful twists and turns with a bit of romance in the mix. The story is a real page turner, you can't help but feel like your transported to Seattle and becoming involved as Raleigh investigates the case, you won't be able to put the book down!
The author provides a cast of characters that are realistic, complex, multi-faceted, and easy for the readers to relate to. Raleigh is a little spit-fire, she has a quirky and engaging personality that made me laugh. Raleigh is a person that people can relate to, she has flaws and issues that she struggles with, just like we do. I was really intrigued by Raleigh's training as a forensic geologist, I found the description of her training and the interesting geological facts to be fascinating. Eighty-four year old race course owner Eleanor Anderson is a spunky lady who quotes playwright Tennessee Williams; while handsome FBI Special Agent Jack Stephanson matches wits with Raleigh while the sparks fly. The characters' stimulating dialogues, interactions and dry humor make this story an entertaining and enjoyable read.
The Stars Shine Bright is a gripping whodunit mystery novel that will keep you in suspense and entertained with its high level of intensity, drama and a bit of romance thrown into the mix.
The Stars Shine Bright is the fifth book in the Raleigh Harmon Mystery Series. While the book is part of a series, it can easily stand alone.
RATING: 4 STARS ****