DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb
24th January 2019, Orenda Books
A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…
Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them.
If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.
With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…
Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.
I must firstly apologise to every other book I will read in 2019 as I don’t think I’m going to love another as much as I have DEEP DIRTY TRUTH!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until there is a court order against it… I think I’m a little bit in love with Lori Anderson! It’s very rare for me to have this kind of reaction to a female protagonist. My list of female heroes is rather short – Sarah Connor will always remain on the top stop, but Lori is a very close second. She’s a badass!
In DEEP DIRTY TRUTH I feel a progression in Lori’s character from what we saw in the first two instalments. Despite what she is tasked with by the Miami Mob, the time she has to succeed and the consequences of if she fails, Lori remains calm, collected and focus. Sometimes eerily so. It reminds me of the contrast we see in Sarah Connor between the first two Terminator movies. A woman determined to do what it takes to protect her family. It’s not about her any more. Her daughter, Dakota depends on her to be around and this is very much forefront in everything Lori does.
Alex Monroe remains one of those characters that I can’t quite decide on yet how I feel about. He has the ability of popping up when you least expect it and saving the day/offering assistance to Lori – but in the next breath can piss you off by playing both sides to his advantage, leaving Lori in the shit. Although he spends most of this book helping Lori – Alex still has his own agenda. An agenda which I’m sure is going to be explored in the next book in this series.
The introduction of Carly was a pleasant surprise! An integral character, lending herself to Lori when help is desperately needed, we start to learn more about Carlton North – this adding those extra secretive layers to the Miami Mob. It’s my wish/hope that for the next story, not only will we get more JT and Lori action (work action…not ‘that’ action.!) but that we learn more about Carly and her background and how she became the woman we meet in this book.
Short, sharp chapters keep the action moving at a steady pace without losing momentum and that ending has left the story wide open for Lori and JT’s next challenge and I CANNOT wait to read what happens next!
A HUGE thank you to Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb for gifting me a copy of DEEP DIRTY TRUTH. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!
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