When Raleigh Harmon, geologist and special agent for the FBI, is suddenly transferred from the Richmond field office to Seattle, she finds herself in strange territory. The Pacific Northwest has a whole different pace than the South does, her new boss seems determined to prove she can't handle the work, and she's desperately trying to keep her mother's sanity from crumbling altogether. But a missing hiker, a ransom note, an underground card game, and a "friend" with deadly intentions all ensure that there's no time for an easy transition. Raleigh will need all her skills and a little help-to keep the missing girl and herself alive.
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.
Have you ever wanted to be a FBI agent or solve a crime? In The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorella, readers have an opportunity to live vicariously through agent Raleigh Harmon. Raleigh is part of the FBI Violent Crimes Unit as she searches for Courtney, the missing daughter of a wealthy couple, protects a federal witness, Felicia, and inwardly continues to deal with the unsolved murder of her own father. Using her geology degree, she gathers evidence and uses her knowledge of rock formations to try to solve the kidnapping.
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
Author and journalist Giorello, whose Christy awardwinning debut novel, The Stones Cry Out, made a splash in the evangelical Christian literary community, offers another crisply written crime story featuring Raleigh Harmon, the female geologist turned FBI agent. Agent Harmon is transferred from Richmond to Seattle, disciplined for not following orders. She arrives in Seattle with no sure footing and must quickly adapt to the unfamiliar as she begins the search for a missing wealthy young woman, with no choice but to trust her instincts. But there are distractions: her mom's sanity is iffy, her aunt has clairvoyant friends, and a whole host of fellow officers Harmon can't quite trust yet. As the search intensifies, so does the pressure, and Harmon keenly feels the strain of remaining an unemotional agent while coming into intimate contact with evil personified. With great attention to detail, gritty descriptions and fast-paced action, Giorello's tale of suspense is a sure bet. (Mar.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
. . . creative descriptions . . . authentic dialogue . . . she has that certain X factor . . .
. . . gifted novelist . . . more than once I found myself awed by her vivid word pictures.