I am over the moon to be joining the blog tour today for Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb and below is my review of her breathtaking debut. This terrific book is available to buy now, and believe me when I say it will have you reading by the seat of your pants.
Publisher: Orenda Books
5th January 2017 [Paperback]
15th October 2016 [Kindle]
Seriously, how outrageously good is Deep Down Dead?! It buzzes with an intensity that’s so feverish by the time I’d finished reading I’d forgotten how to blink.
Combine its rapid fire plot with insurmountable complications, where the odds of survival in a wicked game of endurance swing wildly out of control – and that’s not even scratching the surface.
I have colossal respect for Lori Anderson: Bounty Hunter, mom, life survivor. With her young daughter’s health troubling her, and existing medical bills + living expenses mounting up, Lori needs to take the next high paying bounty that comes along – something big that will be worth her trouble to settle her debts, for a few months at least.
When she asks Quinn for a job she wasn’t expecting to hear the name of another Bounty Hunter she who taught her everything she knows. Aah, should be easy, Quinn said. It’s just a collection and delivery, and you’ve got three whole days to do it…
The story of the pick up is told by Lori herself and the dialogue exchanges are just superb. During the perfectly rolling scenes I felt had more than five senses – I could almost feel the intensity of the temperature rising and the grit from the road sticking to my skin.
Crossing state lines into unknown territory, evading capture by the seat of her pants and facing jaw-breaking flashes of resistance that she could never have prepared for, Lori’s toughened spirit is tested beyond anyone’s limit. The reason why JT, another straight-talking Bounty Hunter, is being bought in kept me on my toes as the trust between the two of them shifts constantly and JT is like a human minefield! But Lori can’t walk away from him as she has her daughter to think about in more ways than one – and if ever there was a traumatised nine year old that needs a gold medal, a standing ovation AND an Oscar, Dakota Anderson IS that girl. What a little trouper.
Blimey, circumstances have really poked Lori with a pointy stick and have no intention of letting up until someone gets their own way. Learning who that is, what they want, and why this relatively simple job has turned into the road trip from hell is like a contagion – trouble keeps multiplying over and over!
Deep Down Dead is brilliantly observed from start to finish: the plot, its pace, the action, the villainous motives, that riveting Lori/JT backstory – everything. With so much punch and palm-sweating suspense it’s a breakneck, adrenaline-charged stunner of a read that grabs you by both arms and refuses to let go. What. A. Ride.
(Many thanks to Orenda Books for the review copy of this title. It goes without saying that I was excited to read it. Oh, and all opinions are most definitely
fangirly my own.)
(Courtesy of Amazon UK)
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.
BUY THE BOOK (I did – because it’s brilliant!)
(Courtesy of Amazon UK. Author photograph courtesy of Publisher.)
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 Crime Thriller Girl, 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.
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