#BlogTour #Review ~ Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

THE ACTION THRILLER of 2017
‘Like Midnight Run, but much darker … really, really good’ Ian Rankin

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, 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 from one of the most exciting new voices in crime
fiction.
‘A real cracker … Steph Broadribb kicks ass, as does her ace protagonist’ Mark Billingham

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda (5 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910633550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910633557

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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. Watch out for Deep Blue Trouble in 2018!

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My Review

It’s always difficult when you read/review a book that so many people have been raving about the anticipation that it ‘should’ be good is always at the back of your mind. What if it doesn’t live up to the hype etc? This is a debut novel from a fellow bookblogger and WOW is all I can say. 

I have only just struggled to compile my favourite books of 2016 and now it’s early January and I get to read Deep, Down, Dead .. I have no doubt this one is already in my top 2017 reads!

It has a tremendous plot, Lori bounty-hunter is assigned to bring in her ex-mentor JT, wishes she could refuse but desperately needs the bond money to pay outstanding medical bills for her young daughter Dakota. The turmoil she faces as she treks across the states towards Miami is riveting. She is used to tracing and catching wanted criminals but this time she has to take  Dakota with her and tussle with her emotional involvement with JT.

I won’t even attempt to give any plot-lines .. just grab yourself a few spare hours and a copy of this because you will resent anyone interrupting this story. 

Lori is such a feisty hard-assed character yet extremely maternal. She can alternate between triggering a taser and comforting her kid in a split second. JT is a real deep guy, love the way she describes his ‘old blues’ when he looks at her. I can feel myself melting into his eyes. 

The speed of this is intense, action on every page, really enjoyed the US drawl with a clipped edge, it’s often difficult to write in an accent but Steph accomplishes it ten fold. 

There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t love and I would easily read it again next week if I had time. Absolute perfection on the page and I can’t wait to see more of Lori .. I think she is my new heroine!

I read and reviewed this voluntarily .. thanks to Orenda Books. If I could award more than 5 stars I would. 

 

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