Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the clouds roll away

the clouds roll away
Sibella Giorello
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-1595545343
March, 2010/336 pages/$14.99

Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother's mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.

Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her website.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into this story, and I think part of the reason was the cover; it just didn't look like it was going to be a suspenseful book "starring" an FBI agent. I try not to judge a book by its cover, but the cover does frequently set the tone or setting of a book. I had not read the previous books in this series, and while that would have enhanced the story, it really wasn't difficult to understand the gist of what Raleigh Harmon had been through previously. Overall it was an interesting story, just not my favorite.

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About The Clouds Roll Away - "Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello's mystery also features well-developed characters..."
—Booklist, starred review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and LitFuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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quilly said...

You know, I didn't think to dwell on it, but the cover of the book surprised me, too. I was expecting a much different story. This one seems to take place totally in the dark -- within and without. However, once I started the story I dismissed the cover and went on. The story is compelling me to keep turning the pages.

quilly said...

Finished the book. It was a story. It had a beginning, a middle and an end, but something was missing. Maybe one DOES need to read the first two?