Welcome to my stop on the Deep Blue Trouble blog tour; I’m excited to be sharing my review with you today. This high-octane thriller is book two in the Lori Anderson series, it follows Deep Down Dead.
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.
Exciting. Dangerous. Electric. Those are just some of the words that spring to mind when I think about this book. Deep Blue Trouble is a stellar read; the plot moves at rapid speed and you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough! You absorb this novel, the danger and excitement of it all will thrill you to no end. I highly recommend you read this series in order, starting with Deep Down Dead, because the plot is continuous – Deep Blue Trouble starts right where Deep Down Dead finished so to get maximum enjoyment from this book, and series, start at the beginning.
Now we’ve established Deep Blue Trouble is an adrenaline-rush of a read, let’s look at bit closer at what makes it so good. Firstly, the characters, Lori is a brilliant character, indeed fearless, but also full of heart, because the driving force behind everything she does is her love for her daughter, Dakota. So not only is Lori totally bad-ass but her character has purpose and that’s what makes her so relatable – that, as a mother, she’d go to the ends of the earth for her child. Dakota doesn’t feature as much in this instalment, and I did miss her because she’s such a loveable child, and I hope to see more of her as this series continues.
One of the characters that really stood out for me in the novel, was Lori’s friend, Red. He’s a Private Investigator so he’s able to help Lori out at times, but it was his relationship with Lori, acting almost as a father figure that really endeared me to him. Deep Blue Trouble isn’t without it’s villains either, and they bring the danger! And this danger is further elevated as the clock is ticking against Lori.
As with the previous novel, there are dramatic scenes of violence (never uncomfortably graphic), and these heighten the entertainment factor of this novel. If you strip this novel down to the plot itself, you’ll see it makes so much sense, how everything is connected, so not only are you enjoying the wild ride this novel takes you on, but you are invested in what you are reading because you see the end game, you see what it’s all for.
I cannot recommend this novel, and series, enough, especially it you enjoy action-packed crime thrillers that do not let up for one moment. I’m so excited to continue this series and see what’s next for Lori, JT and Dakota.
*My thanks to Orenda Books & Anne Cater (A Random Things Tour) for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in 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 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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