I am honoured to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Steph Broadribb’s explosive debut novel #DeepDownDead and share my 5 star review of this wonderfully thrilling read.
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.
My Thoughts & Review:
Deep Down Dead is a book that deserves your full and undivided attention, hell it demands it really. Turn off your mobile, unhook the landline and forget about anything else while you become immersed in this frantic action packed thrilling ride. Be warned, the pace never lets up, so don’t bank of moving anytime during this book!
Without retelling the plot and doing it an injustice, I will say that there is more to our protagonist than you might initially think. Lori Anderson is a Floridian bounty hunter, fearless and damn good at what she does. But she is also a single mother to a nine year old girl with leukaemia, and she will do whatever it takes to keep her daughter fit, healthy and cancer free. The reader then plummets down the rabbit hole with Lori on an adrenaline fuelled journey, one that has them on the edge of their seat with tension, laughing out loud at other moments or just staring at the pages is sheer amazement.
The characters in this are utterly fantastic, I’ve never met a cast of characters that I’ve become so invested in. The flowing ease with which Broadribb has crafted them means that the reader can see Lori, Dakota, JT so vividly, but also feel like they actually know these people. The dialogue and chemistry between them is clever and authentic, the atmosphere between Lori and JT practically fizzles off the page.
Lori is one of those characters that readers cannot help but become invested in, she’s hard hitting, fearless and yet vulnerable at the same time. The maternal side of her is so carefully written that I felt I could understand some of her qualms in the novel. Many people have likened her to a female Jack Reacher and I think in some senses they are right, but there’s “something” more to her…..something I can’t put my finger on but she will definitely be a character I can’t wait to catch up with in future books!
I really wouldn’t be surprised if this book ended up being turned into a film, it reads as a sensational Hollywood blockbuster. It has action from the opening pages, reads at a whirlwind pace and never lets up, just enough violence to keep it real without becoming gratuitous and without a doubt one of the best books to be published in 2017.
And Steph, please don’t leave us waiting too long for book 2…..
You can buy a copy of Deep Down Dead here.
About the Author:
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.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the #DeepDownDead Blog Tour for reviews and guest posts by the lovely Steph Broadribb.