Friday 13 March 2020

BLOG TOUR: Deep Dark Night (Lori Anderson Book 4) - Steph Broadribb

Fearless Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson travels to Chicago to trap the head of a notorious crime family, in a high-stakes, nail-biting mission that sees her trapped in one of the city’s tallest buildings during a blackout…

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…

Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.

And that’s just the beginning…

What did I think?

Oh my goodness, Deep Dark Night is an absolutely thrilling rollercoaster ride; the Lori Anderson series just gets better and better!  Every time I read a book in this series I can't imagine how Steph Broadribb can better it but then she goes and does it again and again!  Deep Dark Night is the fourth book in this outstanding series featuring bounty hunter Lori Anderson and you could most certainly read it as a standalone, but I suspect anyone who does so will scoop up the earlier books to read more of Lori's story.

Lori's family has always played a big part in this series but they were well and truly split up in Deep Dark Night.  Lori's daughter, Dakota, takes a back seat in this novel when she is left in the care of Lori's friend, Red, while Lori does what she hopes is her final job for FBI Agent, Alex Monroe.  Lori's partner, JT, heads to Chicago with her as her wingman but even he can't protect Lori 24/7 when events conspire against them.

Steph Broadribb has really outdone herself this time; Deep Dark Night didn't just have me on the edge of my seat gripping my kindle with sweaty palms, I was also holding my breath as if any disturbance in the atmosphere would affect the characters.  The whole story is balanced on a knife edge and the plot is so perfectly crafted with little cliffhangers at the end of chapters that make you keep reading just one more chapter until there are none left.  

Tense, claustrophobic and filled with danger, Deep Dark Night is my favourite Lori Anderson book so far.  It has made me want to read the whole series all over again to get my Lori fix; I'm totally addicted to Lori Anderson and I'm never going to rehab!  This is one of those books that you want to rate more than 5 stars but I don't think even 100 stars would be enough to show how outstanding it is.

Prepare to be reading well into the deep dark night when you pick up this book as you will not be able to put it down.  Deep Dark Night is a magnificent instalment to an outstanding series and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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

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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 in her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. She is also a member of the crime-themed girl band The Splice Girls. Steph is an alumni of the MA Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California, which inspired her Lori Anderson thrilliers, She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Her debut thriller, Deep  Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts. My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym, Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018. 

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