Publisher: 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 leukemia. 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 her former mentor JT—the man who taught her everything she knows. 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.
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Deep Down Dead today and once again, Orenda has given me the opportunity to read an outstanding book. I loved every second of this jam packed, edge of my seat, roller coaster ride!
From the minute this book begins, so does the action and it never lets up until the final page. My blood was pumping, my heart was racing, I seriously had an adrenaline rush the entire time. Lori Anderson is a female bounty hunter who takes no prisoners, she’s a real ass kicking firecracker. She’s always plotting and planning in order to be two steps ahead of everyone and I admired her smarts and savvy. I LOVED her, she’s a fierce bad ass but she’s also a mom and it was that side of her that really endeared her to me. She loves her baby girl, Dakota and will do anything in her power to keep her safe. As tough as she is, she sure knows how to turn on the charm when it suits her and she had me under her spell.
Since the plot is so fast paced and exciting, I won’t even really get into it, but I will say that it had incessant action which made for a very engaging and exhilarating read. The setting traveled all around the Southern part of the US and was as true to life as the character of Lori. Broadribb completely nailed her mannerisms and dialogue and created a character full of depth and intrigue. If you’re a fan of high octane thrillers you won’t want to miss this electrifying debut.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for my review copy.
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 CrimeThrillerGirl.
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.
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