🔫 Deep Down Dead 🔫
Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong.
The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.
Deep Down Dead is one of those books that takes us by the hand and leads us on a journey. And it’s a wild ride full of twists and turns, all the things that make us lean a little bit further forward and make us read that little bit faster, until our noses are pressed against the page and our hands are gripping the book so tightly even if we wanted to let go, we couldn’t.
And what better person to be with on our journey than Lori Anderson? Feisty, fierce and fearless, she’s a marvelous heroine. And something which is refreshingly original on top of all that is she is a loving mother to her sweet daughter, Dakota. And it’s this element in the book which gives it an undercurrent of warmth and tenderness. I love Lori – she’s tactical, clever and, of course, a complete kick-ass protagonist. The relationship between Lori and JT, her old mentor, sizzles with emotion. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Steph Broadribb has created outstandingly deep, detailed characters who pull you into their world and keep you there well past the last page. Unforgettable, original, lovable characters who you want to follow through thick and thin, through pages and pages of action and emotion and complete loss for words. This is not only a masterfully written debut novel, it is also a beacon heralding the start of a dazzling new series from a very talented author.
I finished reading a few hours ago and I’m still buzzing. This action-packed thriller is non-stop excitement. It’s engrossing, suspenseful and packs one massive punch. And all the while Steph Broadribb keeps the writing fresh and buzzing with intensity.
Guns, handcuffs, gators, a taser-toting bad-ass protagonist, the lovely, handsome JT and young Dakota, who is just the sweetest little girl, Deep Down Dead has it all. At times, it has us gasping, others excitedly punching the air. This book is riveting. It’s deep. It’s dark. it’s deadly. It’s dazzling.
I’m going have to stop myself because if I carry on, I’ll have written a book about how magnificent this books is!
I can’t wait to read Deep Blue Trouble – the next book in the Lori Anderson series.
Suspenseful. Fast-paced. Tense. Dark. Dazzling.
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Big thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books who sent my copy for review and for including me on the tour.
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Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.
Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel.