Monday 28 January 2019

Deep Dirty Truth (Lori Anderson Book 3) - Steph Broadribb

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson returns in another nail-biting, high-voltage read. She’s as tough as they come, but when her family is threatened, she takes on a job that could change everything …

Single-mother bounty-hunter Lori Anderson finally has 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’ 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 48 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…

What did I think?

It's not often I read a book and actually want to BE the protagonist but oh how I wish I was even a little bit like Lori Anderson!  Lori Anderson is quite honestly my literary heroine and I could read about her exploits from dawn til dusk.  There are many words to describe bounty hunter, Lori Anderson, but sassy bad-ass springs to my mind every time I think of her.  I have read all of the series so far so I couldn't wait to dive into book 3: Deep Dirty Truth.

With her family threatened (who would even DARE to threaten Lori?), Lori has no choice but to accept an assignment from the Miami Mob.  With her daughter, Dakota, being watched over by her father, JT, Lori can concentrate on her mission although it's never far from her thoughts that Dakota and JT are trapped in the crosshairs.  I felt as if Lori takes more of a centre stage than usual in the book, with Dakota and JT having more cameo appearances, but it is so fast-paced and high-octane that there's only room for one explosive character to take the reins...and who better than Lori? (sorry JT).

I don't want to give any of the plot away but I think Deep Dirty Truth should come packaged with a defibrillator, as my heart raced and threatened to explode during Lori's escapades.  I found myself holding my breath at times but, with such a character as Lori Anderson, I had utmost confidence in Lori's abilities to pull off any feat, however impossible it may seem.

With the mob involved, you can guarantee backstabbing, double-crossing, power plays and a cast of characters who cannot be trusted.  I feared for Lori's safety, getting involved in such a volatile environment but if anyone can handle themselves, Lori can.  You can see that I am talking about Lori as a real person, which just shows the depth of character that Steph Broadribb has created.  Lori is so multi-dimensional that you can't help but think of her as a real person...and I do believe she is destined for the big screen at some point.

You could read Deep Dirty Truth as a standalone but why the heck would you do that?  You MUST pick up Deep Down Dead and Deep Blue Trouble simply because they are flawless, high-paced, action packed thrillers.  This is definitely a whole series (not just a book) that I will read over and over again to revisit Lori Anderson's crazy action-packed world.

Deep Dirty Truth is a fast-paced, high-octane and breathtaking thriller; there is quite honestly not a word out of place.  I strongly suggest you take a deep breath before you dive into Deep Dirty Truth as you may just forget to release the breath you didn't realise you were holding.  I just hope that Steph Broadribb writes as fast I read her books as I CANNOT WAIT for the next Lori Anderson instalment.  A very highly recommended read and a well-deserved 5 stars.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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