Monday, June 13, 2011

Review - The Mountains Bow Down

This is the synopsis from Amazon:

Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . .
That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, the Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.
But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.
Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-handsome Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be as arrogant as she originally thought.
And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.
Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a mystery so daunting that even the mountains might bow down before it.

My review: 4 stars

Plot: I liked the twists and turns of this story. The changes kept you on your toes expecting one thing, then getting another. However, I felt the ending was cut off and didn't resolve any of the problems between Raleigh and other people.

Characters: I really liked Jack! He was constantly cracking jokes and keeping Raleigh at ease. However, I didn't like DeMott in this one. He was rude and a little arrogant to me.

Setting: I appreciated the fact that Giorello tied in the Alaskan scenery with the case, and used to to develop the story.

Overall: I loved this new novel, but I felt the ending was lacking. I'm hoping the next one will solve those loose endings. Still, an excellent book worth taking the time to read.

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