The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello


This is one of those that I just couldn't figure out what to do with.  I'm not sure how to categorize it in my mind.  It is part crime/suspense, part romance, part drama.  It is Christian fiction, and there are quite a few moral lessons and "meant to be inspiring" moments thrown in.  But the overall feel of the novel is not Christian.  I haven't posted a review in a while, and honestly, it's because I've just been "stuck" in this book.

Raleigh Harmon is an FBI agent, apparently on close observation by her superiors.  There have been previous Raleigh Harmon novels which probably contributed to my confusion.  There were several times that previous events were referenced.  So, I spent part of my read trying to figure out what was going on.

In this installment, Raleigh is going undercover to check out foul play at a race track.  She's fighting for her job and becoming distanced from her fiance even as she falls into a mystery bigger than she had anticipated.  Despite the picture on the cover, there is very little of romance in the novel.  Raleigh is discovering a definite incompatibility with her fiance, and her case agent often flirts with her.  But, events outside of this novel are constantly referenced, leaving me slightly confused about Raleigh's relationships.

Besides the confusion I felt, I just couldn't like the style of the read.  With lots of introspection and limited interactions and dialogue, it just wasn't my type of novel.  The descriptions were good.  There was some creative, rambling prose that sometimes caught and held my interest.  But, for most of the book, I just felt as if I were slogging through.  I might have enjoyed it more with a little background from the other books, but I don't think I care enough to seek them out.

I received a free copy of this book from Amazon in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are entirely my own.