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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.
The first Lori Anderson thriller was fast and furious, Deep Blue Trouble is even faster and furious (er?) which you know, makes me expect Vin Diesel along at any moment…
The absolute beauty of the writing comes in the sheer depth the author brings to what is basically a thrill ride of the highest order. In Lori Anderson, Steph Broadribb has created a genuinely authentic, kick ass, realistically flawed heroine who I will now follow anywhere – a breath of fresh air on a hot summer’s day blowing right through the thriller genre and turning it on its head.
She gets herself both into and out of trouble, she is feisty and real, anchoring the wider story being told in brilliant ways. The wider cast are intriguing and in this instalment the pressure is on to save JT and help her daughter but to do so she has to face down some extremely hair raising challenges.
It is both riveting and occasionally edge of the seat insane, but always with one eye on character development and layers of storytelling. Addictive, fun, bang on the money from first page to last.
Not a lot else to say really!
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