A Year of Orenda – Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb

I do love the Lori Anderson series, and taking a look back over my reviews as part of the Year Of Orenda is reminding a) just how fabulous they are and b) where we are in Lori and JT’s journey before I start reading book four, Deep Dark Night. Today I look back at the third full length novel, Deep Dirty Truth. Here’s what it’s all about:

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About the Book

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

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 – and they want her dead. 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 North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

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My Thoughts

If you are looking for a fast action, gun toting, high tension thrill ride of a read, then boy do I have the book for you here. If you have read either of the first two books in the series then you may think you know what you are in for. But just take that thought, kick it up a notch, add in a heart-pumping opening segment and a high level of personal jeopardy for the people Lori loves the most, and you might have a slightly better inkling of the kind of blindingly good read you are going to get when you pick up Deep Dirty Truth. Am I on #TeamLori? Oh, hell yeah.

Deep Dirty Truth sees an event from Lori’s past come back to haunt her in the biggest way. Forced to work for the Florida Mob, this book sees Lori being forced once more to rely upon strangers, leaving a still weakened JT to take care of their daughter, Dakota. Lori is on a mission to save their lives and to take the price off her own head too, but at what cost? The job she is about to undertake will see her not only in league with the devil, but squarely on the wrong side of the law, doubling her jeopardy and putting another team of adversaries on her tail.

I don’t want to say too much more about the story than that as I think you can take anything else you need from the blurb and, of course, from reading the book yourself. What I will say is that this book opens in very dramatic fashion, with the simple act of taking her daughter to school putting our bounty hunting heroine, Lori, in grave danger. This is a high adrenaline opening for us as a reader, never mind Lori, and from here on in the pace, and the tension, rarely lets up. Shoot outs, near misses with the law, and a high stakes race across the country, as well as a dramatic tangle in a river full of gators, keeps us on the edge of our seats, wondering just how Lori is going to come good this time, or whether the odds are finally too much against her.

I do love the character of Lori. Strong, independent, but fiercely loyal to those she loves, what’s not to like right? She is very intelligent, boasting both street smarts and honed intuition, and is capable of holding her own in some very tricky situations. I love her attitude and her sass and she is one of those characters you can’t help but want to read about. And Steph Broadribb has such an engaging and exciting writing style that you will find yourself breathless, rapt, completely swept up in the story and unable to turn away, even for the essentials like food and sleep.

Now reader favourite JT does feature in this book, more than the last, but to an extent remains relegated to the sidelines as he is still far from full fighting fitness. We see the softer side to him in this book though as he looks after young Dakota, and his dedication to his family is something sure to make the JT fans swoon, but the old JT is still there so do not despair. To be honest, I kind of like Lori’s old friend Red too. Loyal and full of fight, he’s quite a character, but then I always was a sucker for an older man.

Not only do we get action in this book, we also get to see the more emotionally driven side of the story, and the way in which the author has portrayed this is very effective. It leads to occasional pauses in the action without really dropping the tension, but also helping to explain some of the finer points of the story. It really is an exciting tale, full of complicated family relationships, and emotional entanglements, not just those of Lori and JT.

Explosive, emotional and full of the usual wicked humour, this is another sure fire Lori Anderson hit. This is a series that could run and run … and I can’t get enough.

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!

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