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  • Title: Deep Dark Night
  • Author: Steph Broadribb
  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • Publication Date: 5th March 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…

Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.

And that’s just the beginning…

My Thoughts:

With every new book in the Lori Anderson series I feel a sense of great excitement when I read the opening pages and catch up with one of the greatest characters I’ve ever “met”. Lori Anderson is fierce, she’s sassy and she’s damned good at her job. Even if she has to adopt different personas to achieve results, and she does it so brilliantly!
If you’ve followed the series, then this is the fourth book in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

The plot is as always gripping and makes for an adrenaline packed read, and the move to Chicago as the setting gives this a darker, gritty feel. But if the plot wasn’t intense enough, Broadribb ensures she hooks her readers by offering perspectives of both Lori and JT, her partner. Doing this allows readers to get to know this character better, form a stronger link to him and witness his motivations and devotion to his loved ones. Somehow Broadribb always manages to craft characters that enchant, enthrall and enrage. They are all so diverse, but each is detailed and you don’t feel that anything is lacking … you get a clear idea of who everyone is and what their role in the story is, even down the the small characters.

Claustrophobia isn’t something I’ve ever really been bothered with, but this book manages to make it feel so real and intense with the apartment setting. This is a locked room mystery like no other, it tests Lori and JT to the limit and it really has you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what happens next and if Lori will succeed.

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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.

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Description:

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

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.

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