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 fiance 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 fiance 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 take: There's just something about Sibella Giorello's writing. It's crisp and clear, completely engaging, and she uses words that I sometimes even have to *gasp* look up!
I read and reviewed book four in Giorello's Raleigh Harmon series, The Mountains Bow Down, last year, and I liked it a lot. But The Stars Shine Bright is on another level! I simply could not put the book down, reading well into the night to finish it.
Woven throughout the story, one theme stands out: the truth will set you free. Because of the duplicitous lifestyle required of an undercover agent, all of Raleigh's relationships are stretched, some to the breaking point. It is not until she is able to finally speak the truth that she feels freedom. With that freedom comes hope: hope for a renewed relationship with her mother, hope for a job she will find fulfillment in, and even hope for love.
The book ends on a very satisfying note (I may even have sighed happily as I read the last lines), yet it also left me clamoring for more. After tweeting Giorello to find out if there will be another Raleigh Harmon book (there will!), I went to Amazon to buy used copies of books two and three in the series because I can't wait until next year to read more about Raleigh! 5 enthusiastic stars!
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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.
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