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The Clouds Roll Away, by Sibella Giorello

The Clouds Roll Away is beautifully written and captivated me from the very first page. However, despite her pretty prose, Sibella does not write fluff. This is a gritty novel full of realistic characters with real world problems.   Hate crimes, bigotry, violence, drugs, murder, senility, love, betrayal …  Sibella takes us through the underworld with FBI agent Raleigh Harmon, who struggles to hold her faith in the corrupt world she works in.

The Clouds Roll Away is book three in a series. I haven’t read the first two books and I am still very much enjoying this one, but I am aware that I am missing nuances and undercurrents I would better understand had I read the others. They’re definitely on my wishlist.

About the Book:
Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother’s mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.

About the Author:
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.

About The Clouds Roll Away – “Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello’s mystery also features well-developed characters…”
—Booklist, starred review

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    1. Linda — I have not read any of Sibella’s other books to compare this to. It is very “dark”. I tried to encompass that in the word “Gritty”. I still am not certain how Raleigh feels about her faith. She seems to be conflicted. I’m only halfway through the story, though. I forgot to factor party prep time into my reading schedule.

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