One of the things I like most about Sibella Giorello (besides the fact that she has a very beautiful name) is her ability to mesh relevant stories and characters with old school settings. Her subject matter and locations always fascinate me. Sibella’s talent shines in this book where she takes readers on an exploration of hate crimes, racial tensions and an FBI case that could easily be taken from today’s headline news. No wonder this title made the “top ten pick of 2010” list on Booklist.
I think this one is my favorite Raleigh Harmon book to date.
Raleigh Harmon is a character who is believable and easy to relate to. According to the author, she “found” Raleigh while writing for sanity’s sake, staying at home and mothering her two young sons. From a combination of all the things Sibella loves (geology, adventure, Richmond) came this incredible character with tons of potential.
In The Clouds Roll Away, Raleigh (an FBI agent) returns home to Richmond, Virginia after spending some time on disciplinary leave in Seattle, Washington. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her father, Raleigh attempts to make a fresh start and leave her troubled past behind. Little does she know that she will be facing all new challenges including laying low and appeasing her boss who seems to relish rubbing Raleigh’s nose in her past mistakes. Raleigh has to work harder to prove herself this time around and encounters an enormous amount of challenges to her career along the way. In addition to her professional woes, Raleigh also faces some personal issues as well, including her ex-boyfriend who seems to be interested in rekindling their romance.
Raleigh Harmon fans will be happy to know that this is an ongoing series.
The first book, The Stones Cry Out won a Christy award for best first novel. Two years later in 2009, The Rivers Run Dry continued Raleigh’s story and this year, The Clouds Roll Away give fans more of what they love – Raleigh Harmon. The next book in this series, The Mountains Bow Down will be available in 2011. And thankfully for those of us who are hooked on this series, the author doesn’t plan to stop there!
This book was provided free for review by LitFuse
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—Booklist, starred review
About Sibella: 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 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.
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