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.
First a word of warning before you start reading this book, make sure you read it when you aren’t going to be interrupted, it’s one of those books you just can’t bear to put down because it’s just so damn brilliant. I actually loved every page of this fast paced and innovative thriller. Deep Down Dead has to be one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in a long time, and believe me when I say I’ve read more than a few! the characterisation is second to none and I can honestly say I think this book is going to be a HUGE best seller on its release in January 2017.
I won’t go into detail regarding the plot as it’s all there in the book description, but suffice to say it’s one hell of an adrenaline fuelled read. what sets this book apart for me is the way the author has not only depicted characters who are rich in personality but they are also highly original. I absolutely loved the protagonist Lori Anderson a bounty hunter (see what I mean by original, when was the last time you picked up a book where the bounty hunter was a woman?) who certainly knows how to kick ass, she’s tough, she’s fearless but she’s also a mother who will do anything to protect her young daughter which adds an extra dimension to her character that I wasn’t expecting. As for JT he’s a man who oozes character, the relationship between the pair crackles with tension, frustration and unfinished business. Steph Broadribb has created characters that are very well rounded and an intriguing bunch, the dialogue is also authentic and fits the characters perfectly.
There is no let up in the pace, it’s non stop action from the opening chapter, sometimes violent and never dull, every chapter is filled with bucketfuls of action. As Deep Down Dead reaches its highly charged conclusion I really felt I had been on a hell of a ride thanks to Steph Broadribb’s ability to draw the reader in. The pace of Deep Down Dead is relentless, there’s no room for meaningless scenes just to pad the novel out. This book reads like an action packed Hollywood movie and it would never surprise me if it ends up on the big screen, it certainly reads like an action blockbuster. In my humble opinion Deep Down Dead is a rare and exceptional well written debut, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action packed read, with fantastic characters and settings.
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Orenda (5 Jan. 2017)