Thrilled to be sharing my review of a fabulous Deep Down Dead today!
About Deep Down Dead
Published: 5th January 2017 (Orenda Books)
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.
Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut.
I need to make 2 points right from the very start….
- Holy crap – this book is AMAZING!
- A debut….SERIOUSLY? See point above!!
Right, now I’ve got those 2 immediate statements off my chest…lets get on with the review! My goodness, does Broadribb know how to write a book that gets you around the neck from the very first pages and doesn’t let go until the end – actually, I’m not sure it did let go (and we have to wait until 2018 until book 2?!).
This book is as edgy as that cover suggests – we are thrown in at the end with Lori confirming that she will explain what has happened over the last few days – rewind to 3 days earlier. Lori Anderson is a bad-ass bounty hunter with a reputation that preceeds her. She is given a case that she desperately needs because of the financial incentive that is attached to it but she wasn’t reckoning on who the bounty would be and just how tough it would be to get that person back!
I’m not going to go into any more detail on the plot as, to get the full effect of the awesomeness of this book, it needs to unravel in its own time.The pace of this book is fantastic, I’m sure that there are points that I didn’t take a breath! Now, I’m not one of those readers who can stay awake read into the night; if I’m even a slightly bit tired reading (regardless of content) will send me to sleep – I was so desperate to know what happened next with this plot that I fell asleep a number of times, awoke to find the book still in my hand and carry on where I left off – now I love my sleep, that is HOW GOOD this book is.
Broadribb’s writing is superb, right from the start I got the feeling of it’s location and the high stakes attached to bounty hunting through the plot and the narrative. Now there are some graphic scenes, but that is to be expected given the subject and are well handled and not at all gratuitous – they are needed to give this book credibility.
I cannot recommend this book enough, for both its plot and its writer – and I look forward to hearing so much more from Lori Anderson.
About 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 http://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. Watch out for Deep Blue Trouble in 2018!