Raleigh Harmon's life is changing - and it's not getting easier. With her mom firmly ensconced in a psychiatric hospital believing that Raleigh herself was out to get her, she's no longer allowed to see her. With her actions still under review from the previous book, she applies for a position in the Seattle office and is sent undercover to a local racetrack. Trying to solve the mystery of the sick horses may prove to be the easiest challenge in her life, however, as Special Agent Jack Stephanson is still antantonizing, her fiance wants her to quit and become his Southern Belle, and the mysterious black car is still on her tail. Can Raleigh sort through the pieces to save her job - and her life?
Giorello writes another Raleigh Harmon mystery that's fast-paced and intriguing. Without a single clear lead, Raleigh has problems to solve on every front, and with her personal life mixed up with the professional, you can't help but feel for her. As in her previous books, Raleigh continues to charge ahead regardless of the consequences, which is great for the people she helps and disastrous for herself. Like a woman in a horror movie, you can see that she's headed for derailment but are powerless to stop her. This connection with Harmon ups the suspense factor and will keep you speed reading through to the end.
The only part of this book that was less than fantastic was the page after the story ended. It didn't contain a title for the next Raleigh Harmon book as all the others have. The series could end here and leave the reader rather content with the direction of Harmon's life now, but as she's a fascinating character with many lessons to teach us, I hope this isn't the end. Please, keep the Raleigh books coming!
I received a free copy of The Stars Shine Bright from the BookSneeze Program in exchange for an honest review.