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Trade Paperback
336 pages
Mar 2009
Thomas Nelson

The Rivers Run Dry

by Sibella Giorello

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Have you ever wanted to be a FBI agent or solve a crime? In The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorella, readers have an opportunity to live vicariously through agent Raleigh Harmon. Raleigh is part of the FBI Violent Crimes Unit as she searches for Courtney, the missing daughter of a wealthy couple, protects a federal witness, Felicia, and inwardly continues to deal with the unsolved murder of her own father. Using her geology degree, she gathers evidence and uses her knowledge of rock formations to try to solve the kidnapping.

Second Corinthians 1:3-4 says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” We see this illustrated by Raleigh as she later works to get Felicia into rehab so that she can reclaim her children, and as she offers comfort to Courtney’s Mom. Readers also find Raleigh’s mom reaching out to the homeless, further demonstrating this verse.

In The Rivers Run Dry, Giorella develops her characters so that readers are able to feel for them and understand them. The action is good and the undercurrents real. My only critique is that I feel the descriptions were often wordy. Some may like that, but I feel “bogged down” by wordiness.

It is a good, relaxing read for adult women, and one that will keep you there to see “Who done it.” But hang on for the sudden turn near the end! – Linda Demorest,

Book Jacket:

Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is good at her job, but not as good at bureau politics. As one of the few females on the team, she finds herself in a strange land when she's transferred from Richmond to drought-stricken Seattle. When a hiker suddenly goes missing and a ransom note arrives, Raleigh realizes there's no time for transitions. Vowing to find the missing college girl, she must rely on her forensic geology skills to uncover the truth, leaving no stone unturned.

Gritty and poetic, with an evocative sense of place, a quirky cast of characters, a fast-twisting plot, and a compelling, complicated heroine, this superbly crafted mystery will keep you reading compulsively as hope runs short, the clock runs down, and the rivers run dry.