About the Book:
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 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.
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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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My Thoughts and Review:
CAPTIVATING and WONDERFUL is the best way to describe this book!! I really didn't know what to expect as I began reading this book, as Mystery and Suspense is normally not a Genre I read. I usually steer clear from this Genre, but I have felt the need to "Branch out" lately and explore other Genre of books that I normally don't read. I am VERY glad I decided to choose this book as it really was filled with suspense and mystery which kept me intrigued and interested.
The main character, Raleigh Harmon, really makes the book inticing. Raleigh is a woman who has lots of "spunk" and really has no fear. Because she is undercover for her job, she learns how to be "sneaky yet professional". I am very impressed with the authors ability to really bring out the characters of this book and show the many wonderful traits about the characters.
The Stars Shine Bright is the fifth book in the Raleigh Harmon Series and now I want to go back and read the first 4 books! I thought that it would take me forever to finish this book which is just about 400 pages long, but it was so intriguing and well written, that it took me only a couple of days! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of my participation in the LitFuse Blog Tour Program. I was only required to give an honest review. I received no other compensation and my opinions are my own.