Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb Orenda Books January 24th 2019
A price on her head, and just 48 hours to expose the truth, and save her family…
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, who they want her dead. But 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 only 48 hours before North is due to appear in court, Lori sets across Florida, racing against the clock to find him, and save her family…
If you are going to discover a new author and an awesome new character what better place to start than book three in the series! Did it matter? Absolutely not. Yes, I may have missed out on background information but this made no difference what so ever to my enjoyment of Deep Dirty Truth, as it stood up perfectly as a standalone.
Deep Dirty Truth, didn’t hang around, there was minimal preamble before Broadribb hurled me straight into the action and it didn’t stop until I reached the last page.
Our main protagonist was Lori Anderson, renowned bounty hunter, who enjoyed a quiet life in Miami with her daughter and partner, JT until the mob called in a favour that Lori had to accept if she wanted to save her family. Lori was a woman I admired, she had guts and a toughness that prevailed throughout, yet always maintained an aura of femininity and vulnerability. She was resourceful and clever and her body certainly stood upto the physical extremes that she had to endure.
The bad guys were definitely bad, and you knew from the outset that they would stop at nothing to get what they wanted.
What appeared, at first to be a straight forward job for Lori you soon realised that all was not as it seemed and I loved the intricacies that Broadribb created. You never quite knew who you could trust or in fact who was working for who and where the story would take you.
Broadribb’s narrative was fast, full of drama, and the time limits imposed on Lori upped the tension, not only for the characters but also for me as the reader. I desperately wanted Lori to succeed but there were times when you really felt that she wouldn’t, that her life would come crashing down and that would be it.
I particularly liked the heat and humidity of the Miami setting and the use of the Everglades and, the peering eyes of numerous crocodiles added an extra dangerous dimension. I know that I raced through these few pages, just as they raced through the Everglades, both of us desperate to discover the outcome. The whole novel was much like this and I defy anyone not to race through as quickly as I did!
The thrills and spills of Deep Dirty Truth were addictive and compelling and, in my opinion would make a great movie or Netflix drama, my only problem would be that I arrived so late to the wonderful world of Lori Anderson.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Deep Dirty Truth to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
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.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest
releases. She is also a member of the crime-themed girl band The Splice Girls.
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, which inspired her Lori
Anderson thrillers. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and
chickens. Her debut thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good
was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts. My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018.