Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb Orenda Books March 5th 2020
A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.
An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.
When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.
And that’s just the beginning…
Deep Dark Night was very definitely deep and dark, in fact it was like sitting in the cinema as the action packed drama unfolded in its pages.
Lori Anderson faced her biggest challenge, to pay off her debt to selfish FBI agent Monroe and rebuild her life with her daughter and partner, JT. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy or plain sailing and that Broadribb would push her to the edge.
She lulled us into a false sense of security, a poker game, what could possibly go wrong before bam, no power, no lights. And this is where it Broadribb excelled, not just with the drama but with the characters Lori found herself stuck with.
The big mob boss, the retired boxer, a banker, ball player, all with their own secrets, all ready to implode.
Broadribb, used them all brilliantly as she brought out the worst examples of human nature, the selfishness, the greed, the need for power and control. Yet here was a woman small in stature, ready to take them all on, not with brute force but with intelligence, guile and sheer bloody determination.
Her cool, calm exterior betrayed her inner turmoil as she wrestled with obstacles thrown in front of her, as you cheered her on from the sidelines.
I loved the two strands Broadribb introduced, that doubled the heart rate, and increased the page turning rate of this reader.
As I have already said Broadribb’s narrative was very cinematic. She placed you right at the heart of the action, as they grabbled with the darkness, and most importantly with each other. The viciousness and selfishness was never more apparent and you wondered just who would be alive at the end of it.
This may be a slightly controversial view but Deep Dark Night reminded me of Die Hard, the movie minus Bruce Willis but with a far better character in Lori Anderson.
Will Lori be back for more of the same or will she head off in a new direction?? I cannot wait to find out.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Derp Dark Night to read and review and to Anne Cater 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 Reader Awards in two categories, was a finalist in the ITW Awards, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts. The sequels, Deep Blue Trouble and Deep Dirty Truth soon followed suit. My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym Stephanie Marland, was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018. Follow Steph on Twitter @CrimeThrillGirl and on Facebook facebook.com/CrimeThrillerGirl or visit her website: crimerthrillergirl.com