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Stone and Snow: Book 2 (The Raleigh Harmon Prequel Mysteries) Kindle Edition
Secrets run deep.
Raleigh Harmon, teen geologist, has a seriously dysfunctional southern family, an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal codes, and a literally odd best friend named Drew Levinson.
After surviving a terrifying experience, Raleigh's ready to relax and enjoy the Christmas season with her new boyfriend.
But her kind and smart classmate Sloane Stillman is suddenly found dead—by suicide. Only Drew refuses to believe it. Drew says science can prove Sloane didn’t kill herself. And the harder Raleigh tries to show Drew the truth, the more she herself questions the facts, and the people she once trusted.
Christmas swirls in like a snowstorm, and Drew spirals downward, burying Raleigh under mountains of evidence about Sloane’s suicide,. It threatens to destroy everything, including Raleigh’s new relationship with her boyfriend.
Desperate to put the pieces back together, Raleigh digs for answers, trying to uncover what really happened on that cold, silent night when Sloane Stillman lost her life.
Stone and Snowis the second book in the Raleigh Harmon mystery series introducing the girl who will become a forensic geologist and FBI agent—provided she survives her high school years.
Praise for the Raleigh Harmon series:
“Read her for her wonderfully descriptive prose, her killer plots or her well-drawn characters, but read her. You’ll come away enriched in deep and plentiful ways.”—The Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
- ASIN : B017TBSGFS
- Publisher : Running Girl Productions (November 9, 2015)
- Publication date : November 9, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1529 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 264 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #972,874 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,574 in Children's Mystery & Detectives Books
- #8,927 in Children's Mystery, Detective, & Spy
- #22,412 in Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
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Whether an adult or a teen, Raleigh’s life has never been particularly easy. There always seems to be something that keeps things from moving smoothly. Be it her mother’s mental illness or best friend’s compulsions or simply navigating school and life, it seems as though Raleigh is always facing a barrage of obstacles. However, I love watching her overcome each difficulty that’s thrown her way. Even in her teen years her faith sustains her, even though I’m not sure she completely sees that. Her faith is not showy or overtly used as a means to a solution to her problems. Rather her faith is seen through her simply prayer of “Help” and her ability to persevere during the difficult times in her life. I love seeing this often unconscience reliance on God and Him steadfastly walking with her through life.
As expected, the mystery part of Stone and Snow is quite enjoyable. Even though rocks aren’t my thing, it’s quite fun to see how they reveal secrets and solve crimes. The potent combination of Drew’s physics with Raleigh’s geology is interesting to follow and fortunately kept at a level that most adults can understand. Otherwise, these two highly intelligent teens could easily make the average adult feel less than average.
While the story is interesting and the science fascinating, the characters are ever the highlight of this series. I adore Raleigh and would love just to give her a huge hug. However, the supporting cast is equally strong. Raleigh’s dad, David, is amazing! I want a series with just him. He is rapidly climbing to the top of my favorite fictional dads list. DeMott is another fantastic character. That perfect, patient, southern gentleman that most girls would swoon over. But he remains humble and down to earth in a captivating way. Sweet Drew with all her OCD tendencies combined with her quick intelligence and difficult home life makes her an easy character to love. Raleigh’s sister, though quite abrasive, it’s obvious that she’s trying to cope, but doing it without God has caused her to turn to worldly comforts to ease her pain. Teddy, the geology teacher, has a backstory that I can’t wait to discover. Raleigh’s mom with her fragile mind and paranoid tendencies is still quite easy to like her and the reader wants to see her restored. The downside to having read the adult books before this young adult series, though, is knowing what happens to some of these characters. I know those events will come, and I’m already dreading a few of them.
Stone and Snow is a fun, quick read. The mystery is entertaining and the characters are truly terrific. For those who have not read any of the Raleigh Harmon books, they can be read out of order. However, at this time, Stone and Spark is free for the kindle, so might as well start there.
Although this second episode of Raleigh's teenage life flows seamlessly from the first, it's not just more of the same. How so? Those fortunate readers who experienced "Stone & Spark" will recall Raleigh swimming upstream alone in a relentless belief that her best friend, Drew Levinson, did not run away from home. She sticks to that conviction against all odds, opinions, and pressure, and--avoiding a spoiler--is rewarded for her tenacity. For me, the "prime" enhancement to "Stone & Snow" is Sibella's prodding of the socially challenged Drew to center stage where she now becomes the maverick dissenter in the apparent suicide of a classmate. Drew has nothing to gain, no personal investment, in pursuing her line of inquiry, yet it becomes all consuming to her for reasons readers will come to appreciate and love in the raw beauty that is Drew. She pulls Raleigh along in her investigation, despite even Raleigh's wavering belief in the veracity of her theory. (The moment of truth, the point at which Raleigh finally buys into Drew's dogged insistence, is a high point of the story, in my estimation.) Yes, Raleigh contributes decisively to the eventual outcome--as her fans have come to expect--her expertise in geology perfectly complementing Drew's mastery of math and physics. But it could be argued that this is as much Drew's story as it is Raleigh's. And that can only mean double the joy for the reader. Add to this a widely variegated supporting cast--one of whom is particularly special to this reader (you'll see)--and the effect is beyond complete.
Also as fans have learned to expect, the writing is uniquely stellar. Sibella portrays Raleigh so tightly that author and character seem to merge--a phenomenon induced by the razor-like precision of Sibella's first-person narrative, I'm sure. Vivid descriptions, dialog unmatched in wit, and pathos so intense some page turns would be nearly impossible but for the drive of the storyline. Need I say highly recommended?
Oh, and if you're wondering why I put "prime" in quotation marks in the second paragraph, well, you'll just have to read the story.