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 Meadows.
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.
The Stars Shine Bright is Sibella Giorello's fifth novel in The Raleigh Harmon Series. I have had the pleasure of reading all of the books in this series and I have enjoyed every one of them. The Stars Shine Bright takes place soon after the last book ended. Raleigh is undercover at a race track in Seattle, awaiting a formal investigation of her actions on the cruise ship, her fiance is in South Carolina wanting her to come home, and her mother is in a hospital for a nervous breakdown and refuses to see Raleigh. As Raleigh clings to her faith and belief in God she does her best to find out what is happening at the track illegally and who is behind it.
I truly enjoy this series and The Stars Shine Bright did not disappoint. I truly love the character Raleigh Harmon, she is a real person who deals with real situations in life. Sibella Giorello writes with authority about law enforcement, horses, horse racing, and animal rights. This latest novel delves into animal rights and the different groups that are out there. Sibella Giorello weaves such a story that I find myself drawn in right away and she keeps me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this story and this series to anyone who enjoys Christian Suspense Fiction! You will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading more by Sibella Giorello.