Today I’m taking a step back in time again to revisit one of my favourite series in the Orenda stable, the Lori Anderson books by Steph Broadribb. Deep Blue Trouble is the second full length novel in the series and another absolutely cracking, high action thrill fest that makes you wonder how far you’d go to save someone you love. Before we take a look at what I thought, here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
A web of lies. A killer on the run. An impossible choice…Available from: Amazon UK | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books
Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but the little girl’s 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.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 of the Lori Anderson series, featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.
If you are looking for a high stakes, high action and high tension read then look no further. Lori Anderson is back in Deep Blue Trouble and is just as determined and fierce as she was when we first met her in Deep Down Dead. The case she is tasked with working is every bit as personal as her last but this time, instead of fighting to save her daughter, Dakota, Lori is fighting to protect Dakota’s future and that of her father and Lori’s former mentor and lover, James ‘JT’ Tate.
From the ending of Deep Down Dead you just knew that Lori was getting herself mixed up in something that was bigger than she could understand. The question was just how big and was the potential pay off worth it. Well, with JT facing a potential death penalty charge and his life in great danger in a prison full of people he helped capture, then I would say fans of Lori’s kick ass and red hot mentor would say absol-bloomin-lutely. Which, thankfully for them, is exactly what Lori says too.
I don’t need to say too much about the plot. Lori is a Bounty Hunter and she has been out on the trail of an escaped murder suspect who killed three police officers during his escape. Pretty high stakes stuff. Lori has caught him once before, but this time he has far more to lose and she knows it. And from the minute she says yes, this is where the action starts and the adrenaline begins pumping. You just know, thankfully, that nothing is going to be easy for poor Lori – where would be the fun in that – and that what will ensue is the kind of high action, high octane thrill ride that typified the first book in the series. The backdrop may have changed, this time visiting Southern California and Mexico, but the action is just as hard and Lori just as tough.
I really love the character of Lori. Steph Broadribb has created a formidable heroine, as smart as she is tough, with a whole bunch of skills and a kind of instinct which could as easily get her killed as catch her man. She is loyal to a fault, feels all the pain suffered by her friends as if it were her own, and is motivated by only one thing – protecting her family. How can you not respect that? As for JT? Well he’s in real trouble and fans of his, of which I know there are many, will be on the edge of their seats hoping and praying he survives the rum treatment Ms Broadribb serves upon him in this book. If you thought he was treated badly in the first one, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
There are a whole bunch of new, complicated and complex characters introduced throughout this book, some sympathetic, some less so. I really liked Red, the kind of no nonsense character that Lori needed on her side with JT indisposed. While we might not see as much of him as I’d have liked, I think if I were to have an older guy book crush, it might be him. I’m kind of picking up a Sam Elliott/Roadhouse kind of vibe from him. Hope we meet him again some day. I get the feeling that Lori’s going to need some help.
Aside from the great characters, I think the overriding success of this series comes down to one thing – its authenticity. From the language used, the colloquialisms and attitude of Lori for one thing, through to the way in which the hunt is described, even to the passive (and not so passive) aggression and tension which exists between Lori and fellow hunter McGregor, it all just feels right. You know that the experience, the research and immersion in the act of learning how to be a bounty hunter has really paid off in creating an exhilarating and excitingly original series of books. She makes you care about Lori and JT, creates a state where you appreciate the dangers that Bounty Hunters face in order to do their jobs. then makes it exciting, nerve wracking and so fast paced you won’t have time to even stop and breathe.
This is a one sitting kind of a read so think carefully about when you are going to pick it up. Once you start, just like Lori facing down her target, you won’t want to back away until you turn the very last page. A totally cracking book. Loving it.
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. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel. Watch out for Deep Blue Trouble in 2018!
The Lori Anderson Series: