Finally! I get to share my thoughts on this blog tour about probably the BEST book I have read so far in 2017! All other books have a high expectation after this.
I would like to start by saying a huge huge THANK YOU to Karen @ Orenda Books for allowing me an early copy of DEEP DOWN DEAD. I am extremely grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and my own views.
So first off, we have “the blurb” for the book:
“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.”
So, you want to know what I think?
I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive picking up DEEP DOWN DEAD. I could see that this was set in America and sometimes I find that American crime fiction tends to be over dramatized and as such I lose interest. (I know this can also be said of UK crime fiction also) But I dived in expecting not to love it…..I’m so pleased I was proved wrong!!
Lori Anderson. I applaud STEPH BROADRIBB for writing a female character that as a female, I can actually relate to! A woman who is in a violent marriage, who once separated from her husband does not become a victim, scared of her own shadow (which we read too often these days!) but a kick arse Bounty Hunter who is fierce, independent, strong and takes crap from no one. Lori is the woman and mother that we all aspire to be, but are sometimes scared to admit to.
Lori is tasked with bringing in JT. Which as the blurb describes, is Lori’s mentor. DEEP DOWN DEAD would have been terribly miserable if Lori had picked up JT, drove back to Florida and collected her bounty – no issues. Thankfully there was action, suspense, anxiety, insecurity and drama at every point.
This was hands down for me a FIVE STAR read! I don’t give out my five stars easily, but I truly feel that DEEP DOWN DEAD deserves it. From the character development, to the pace at which the story flows – everything reads and feels right. What is hard to believe is that this is a debut novel! Broadribb writes like she has been doing this for years. She has that special *something* that some authors may spend a lifetime trying to find. Broadribb just has it!
My only concern now is that I’m going to drive myself crazy waiting for the next instalment DEEP BLUE TROUBLE to be finished and released. The last chapters of DEEP DOWN DEAD give just enough to anticipate what will happen in the next book, although this can certainly be appreciated as a standalone novel.
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 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.
DEEP DOWN DEAD is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;
Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2kUNDnX
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