Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

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.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Following the adventures of leading lady and bounty hunter Lori Anderson, Deep Blue Trouble is fast paced and filled with action. The story is gripping and pulls the reader along on a seat-of-your-pants ride.
Protagonist Lori Anderson is a tough, no nonsense single mother of a ten-year old daughter. Everything she does comes back to her child, and this is evident throughout the story. Every decision, action and thought process is weighed against the potential risk to Dakota. Driven by honour and a strong moral compass, Lori will do everything in the right way but will also do what it takes to achieve the right result.

Though Deep Blue Trouble is book two featuring Lori Anderson, I didn’t feel as if I had missed anything. Lori’s history, from her training as a bounty hunter to her past relationships and her daughter’s illness are well-covered by Broadribb without being over referenced.

I am a definite fan of crime thrillers and Steph Broadribb’s work is no exception. The plot races along at a breakneck pace yet never feels rushed. The bad guys aren’t stereotyped in anyway but feel genuinely threatening, and the undercurrent of fear for her family is ever present within Lori. Corrupt law enforcement and plenty of scene hopping make for a rollercoaster read.

As I followed Lori throughout her investigations I found myself feeling joy with every one of her victories, and despair at each frustration. This book brought me a true sense of “just one more chapter” and before I knew it, the book was finished. This book as a must read for fans of crime and action tales, and as a result I will be picking up the first book featuring Lori Anderson, and hoping Steph Broadribb has many more adventures for her in the future.

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