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The Rivers Run Dry

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When a routine case turns deadly, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon finds her career on the rocks . . . and her life at stake.

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.

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Reading Group Guide

  1. Jack Stephanson seems to make everything more difficult for Raleigh, and she seems to resent him for it. But do you sense a romantic spark between them? If so, where? If Raleigh and Jack were dating, what sort of couple would they make?
     
  2. When Raleigh takes her mother to the charismatic church service, the preacher talks about the times in our lives when "the rivers run dry." Have you ever lived through spiritual drought? How did you restore your spirit? Do you have a personal "rain dance" that works? Every time?
     
  3. Aunt Charlotte once belonged to the Episcopal church but now believes in crystals and charms and New Age philosophies. Why do you think she turned away from the church? Is her response reasonable? Typical? If you've known someone who did this, what was your reaction to their change of belief?
     
  4. New places provoke new feelings, and Seattle presents a love-hate relationship for Raleigh. Can you see what she appreciates about this new place? What she seems to hate? Does her homesickness ever distort reality, or hold her back in some way?
     
  5. Alex VanAlstyne has managed to keep a profound secret from her husband. After he's learned the truth, do you think they'll remain married? What would that marriage look like? Do you know couples whose marriages have survived damaging revelations?
     
  6. As a young single mom with really bad habits, Felicia Kunkel seems torn between her family and her addictions. Raleigh wants to help her, but can she? Are there some people who can't be helped, no matter what we do? Or do we have an obligation to never give up?
     
  7. Courtney VanAlstyne has suffered. In the months and years ahead, what will her life be like? Will she recover? And how will she react to living with a physical deformity-will she ignore it or cover it up? Or perhaps do something else?
     
  8. When Raleigh goes into her closet to pray, she sends up a prayer to the "one who knew love, and how it always brought suffering." What does she mean? And do you agree with her?
     
  9. Mothers and daughters share a special relationship. What do you think of Raleigh's relationship with her mother? Are there any aspects that resemble your relationship to your mother?
     
  10. 10. At the end of the book, Raleigh and Madame "head for home." Does this mean she wants to stay in Seattle, or is she still hoping to return to Virginia?
     

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The Rivers Run Dry, Sibella Giorello

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When a routine case turns deadly, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon finds her career on the rocks . . . and her life at stake.

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.

More Information

Length 338 Pages
Series A Raleigh Harmon Novel
Publication Date March 3, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545336
ISBN-13 9781595545336
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"