Overview of the Book:
Raleigh Harmon’s life seems as impossible to solve as the high-profile case she’s pursuing.
Closing her assignment with the FBI’s Seattle office, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself investigating an ugly cross burning at a celebrity’s mansion and standing in the crosshairs of her boss at the Bureau. And the deeper Raleigh digs into the case, the murkier the water becomes…until she’s left wondering who the real victims might be.
To make matters worse, Raleigh’s personal life offers almost zero clarity. Her former confidant is suddenly remote while her former boyfriend keeps popping up wherever she goes. And then there’s her mother. Raleigh’s move home was supposed to improve Nadine’s fragile sanity, but instead seems to be making things worse.
As the threads of the case begin crossing and double-crossing, Raleigh is forced to rely on her forensic skills, her faith, and the fervent hope that breakthrough will come, bringing with it that singular moment when the clouds roll away and everything finally makes sense.
This book was “OK.” Not great, but not horrible. I struggled getting into the plot and the characters never really “grabbed” me. But I did finish it and was glad I did. Certain scenes in the book had me turning pages to find out how they were going to play out.
I found it hard to believe that the FBI would send a solo agent on such a high profile crime like a hate crime against a celebrity. However, I did find several of the scenes were interesting and there were good action scenes as well. The author did a good job with the sub-plots of Raleigh family, though I found it interesting the Raleigh was able to hide the fact she was glock toting, door kicking FBI agent. Then again, the family dynamics were a little odd. I never quite understood all that was going on. It was apparent Raleigh was deeply affected by her father’s murder, yet there was one brief mention of her adoption.
The author did a good job of not revealing so much that you knew “who dun nit” yet just enough to keep you engaged.
This is my first novel by this author, I will probably try at least one more book by her.
You can learn more about Sibella Giorello at: http://www.sibellagiorello.com/
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