Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello

Book Description:
After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.

Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who's fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger-and more sinister-is ruining Emerald Downs.

Yet she's never felt more alone.

Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can't turn to her family for support. They're off-limits while she's undercover, and her mother isn't speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh's fiance wants them to begin their life together-now-precisely when she's been ordered not to be herself.

With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who's behind the track's trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiance will make things better-or worse.

Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she's faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  Raleigh is going undercover but not without a lot of flack from some in the FBI.  Still, she is undercover trying to find exactly what is going on at the horse races.  Her contact is Jack Stephanson whom she has an intriguing relationship with.  There isn't much time left in the racing season so she has to work fast to find the answers that she needs for her case and her career.
I once again loved Raleigh.  She is a steady character though I hate what happened to her mother because of the last book.  I like that she is undercover and the little (not surprising) twist that Jack is her contact.  I still like him and enjoy their 'relationship'.  I enjoyed the story and Raleigh's 'Aunt' reminded me of several of my crazy family members!  I'm ready to see what's next for Raleigh
I rate this a 4/5.  Good solid read that is entertaining!
Thank you to litfuse for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. Thanks, Ashley -- so glad you enjoyed the book, AND saw your own family members in Raleigh's "aunt." Nothing like crazy family to keep life interesting. :-)

    1. Lol. The crazies definatley keep us entertained :)