Happy New Year everyone! Sorry it’s taken me so long to post another review, things have been a little hectic. I’m very excited to bring you my review of Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb as my first review and blog tour of 2018.
Deep Blue Trouble is available to buy on paperback and ebook now here.
Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row. Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger. With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything… Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.
Deep Down Trouble is a fascinating, fast paced thriller with heart which i really enjoyed. Lori is on a mission again, but this time it’s more personal as the outcome could help save JT, a man she really cares about and the father of her child, from the electric chair. Travelling across America she must try to find Gibson ‘The Fish@ Fletcher before the official man hunt does or things do’t look good for JT.
I loved the main character Lori Anderson. I thought she was a fantastic strong, Kick ass character who definitely knows how to look after herself in some difficult situations. Lori’s relationship with her daughter and JT made her seem much more human and meant the reader got to see a softer side of her which made her much more relatable. I grew fond of her throughout the book and found that I wanted her to succeed and have a happy ending, I also like JT, despite being tough on the outside he obviously had a soft spot for both Lori and his daughter which was lovely to see. His frustration at being stuck in prison and not able to protect or help was almost palpable and was very touching. Lori and JT’s relationship added a great emotional element to the story and made the story a little different then other crime stories I have read. It helped to make me more involved as a reader and the story seem a lot more real.
The story opens really strongly, straight into the action and I felt immediately drawn into the story. The book is quite easy to read as it is fast flowing with a lot of action making it hard for the reader to put down. I also felt that I immediately related to Lori and her feelings of trying to do the best for your kid in a hard situation. It was quite poignant to read about Lori’s feeling regarding her daughter, her illness and her struggle to do the best thing for her.
The book feels quite real as the investigation unfolds at quite a realistic place and she make revelations from normal clues rather than just jumping to mad conclusions. This helped increase my enjoyment of the book as I felt more connected to the characters and more concerned for them if things went wrong.
This is the second book kin the series but it is the first book I have read by this author. I do feel it might have been beneficial to have read the books in order as I feel that i had a lot of catching up to do at the beginning of the book getting up to speed with what had happened in the first book and learning more about JT and Lori’s relationship. That said the author does spend time recapping the first book and I soon got up to speed. I will definitely be reading more from this author and will be recommending this book to anyone who likes clever. well plotted thrillers.
Huge thanks to Orenda books and Anne Cater for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
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 http://www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the
latest releases. 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. Her debut
thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in
two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts.
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