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 dins 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 confidants 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 a breakthrough will come, bringing with it that singular moment when the clouds roll away and everything finally makes sense.
I haven’t picked up a true suspense book since my Mary Higgins Clark high school days. I always found suspense books that fit under the “inspirational/Christian” heading to be too predictable or sugar coated. Sometimes a girl just wants a gritty book to scare a few years off her life. This is probably why I loved this book so much-it doesn’t hold back the reality of investigating gruesome crimes or go with the obvious storyline. The Clouds Roll Away will have you guessing “who’dunnit” right up to the end as villains become the heroes and the heroes become the villains.
Sibella has penned a story with incredible depth and insight into the characters and the social and racial stratas that still permeate the American south. The setting is small town Virginia, a place where old money hierarchies are alive and well and the first thing that speaks to a person is the colour of your skin. Sibella’s writing is evocative and draws immediate emotional responses from her readers. The words flowed over the page like art and, even though this was a thriller that was at times gory, I was taken with the beauty of her prose. This story is very fast paced and continually building tension to the breaking point.
This genre is not for everybody, but if you like thrillers and suspense and love insightful writing, then I recommend this book to you.
**Thank you to Sibella Giorelllo and Litfuse for providing a review copy**