The Rivers Run Dry - The Raleigh Harmon Series #1
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When a routine case turns deadly, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon finds her career on the rocks . . . and her life at stake.
Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is good at her job, but not as good at bureau politics. As one of the few females on the team, she finds herself in a strange land when she's transferred from Richmond to drought-stricken Seattle. When a hiker suddenly goes missing and a ransom note arrives, Raleigh realizes there's no time for transitions. Vowing to find the missing college girl, she must rely on her forensic geology skills to uncover the truth, leaving no stone unturned.
Gritty and poetic, with an evocative sense of place, a quirky cast of characters, a fast-twisting plot, and a compelling, complicated heroine, this superbly crafted mystery will keep you reading compulsively as hope runs short, the clock runs down, and the rivers run dry.
Second Corinthians 1:3-4 says Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. We see this illustrated by Raleigh as she later works to get Felicia into rehab so that she can reclaim her children, and as she offers comfort to Courtneys Mom. Readers also find Raleighs mom reaching out to the homeless, further demonstrating this verse.
In The Rivers Run Dry, Giorella develops her characters so that readers are able to feel for them and understand them. The action is good and the undercurrents real. My only critique is that I feel the descriptions were often wordy. Some may like that, but I feel bogged down by wordiness.
It is a good, relaxing read for adult women, and one that will keep you there to see Who done it. But hang on for the sudden turn near the end! Linda Demorest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
. . . gifted novelist . . . more than once I found myself awed by her vivid word pictures.
Darlene Dye3 Stars Out Of 5this book has good storyJuly 7, 2011Darlene DyeQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I like mysterys and this book was a good one .But i had trouble following the story line at times.Some of the words i didnt even know thired looking up but couldnt find them .I read alot of books i usually dont have any problems
Penny Laughlin4 Stars Out Of 5August 13, 2010Penny LaughlinThis a great easy fun read. I liked the twists and turns that the story takes.
Phyllis L. Labine5 Stars Out Of 5July 30, 2009Phyllis L. LabineI really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who likes to read will enjoy it. But I feel it showed that they didn't like women who were with any police force of any kind at all. They think women can't do the job and do it right. Some can and some can't. It was a great book. Thank you for it and God bless all that read it.
ChristieParaguayAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 26, 2009ChristieParaguayAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis book was a mystery of sorts, with a very believable heroine named Raleigh Harmon. I identified with Raleigh on several points, not the least of which was as a Southern woman displaced from her cultural roots. The plot of this twister unfolded slowly enough to keep me guessing, but not so slowly that I got bored. Raleigh is an FBI agent working on a couple of criminal cases and her own personal woes, all the while adjusting to a new life far from home. I liked how real Raleigh seemed, with flaws and skeletons in the closet, and how the story told in the first person reflected Raleigh's personality and point-of-view. I also liked how the plot developed in an unpredictable way. I had some clues to the bad guys, but not too early, and not as a definite thing. This is classified as Christian fiction, but Raleigh's faith isn't an overt thing. No one's throwing a lot of religious cliches around or acting holier-than-thou, which I appreciated. I got the feeling that the main character's faith stabilized her often chaotic life, but I never had to read those words, per se. This is apparently the second novel with the same Raleigh Harmon, so hopefully there are more to come. Any of you southern belles get a chance, spend a couple rainy days with this one!
Deborah4 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2009DeborahThis was the first book I've read by this author and I will admit I was highly impressed with it. I liked Raleigh's character very much. She's very no nonsense and is a strong female lead. I really liked her name as it's unique and Southern. Her character is not very feminine, there were times when I honestly forgot she was female. Since it was in first person, the reader sees things the way Raleigh does and she doesn't really give off any hints that give away her femininity. There's not really any romantic subplots in this book, which was fine by me. I was glad the mystery was main plot of the book. The suspense build up was done very well, and the storyline felt like it was a good plot for a TV show. I also liked how Raleigh used her geology expertise to help solve the mystery. It's very nice to see a detective be smart and resourceful and not fall into the trap of being stereotyped.If there was any qualms in the book, I would have to say it is the ending. To me, it felt like it happened rather abruptly and out of the blue. All of a sudden everything was explained and all loose ends tied up without warning. It felt like sort of a let down to just have it end the way it did. I wasn't expecting that ending but at the same time it felt like a predictable bit to explain things. Other than that, I did enjoy reading this book. Even though it's Christian fiction, it's not preachy at all. The characters do attend church, but it's not in your face and it's actually almost an afterthought in the book. Overall the story has strong characters and an interesting plot that makes for a very good read. I am looking forward to going back and reading Giorello's previous book which featured Raleigh and also to any future books by her.
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