Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of Deep Dark Night as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
The fourth book in the award-winning Lori Anderson series, Deep Dark Night sees daring bounty hunter and single mother Lori Anderson journey from Florida to Chicago to take down a notorious crime family. Published to coincide with International Women’s Month, it will see the full series rebranded a fresh, contemporary new look.
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, one by one. 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…
As a big #TeamLori supporter I was thrilled to be able to read an advance copy of Deep Dark Night. And I’m loving the makeover for the covers of this series which have been given a very dark-but bang on trend-overhaul to match this 4th book in the series-Lori Anderson never looked better!
I would recommend starting at the beginning of this series if you’ve never read any before as you really do need the background information to be able to follow Deep Dark Night completely. This is a stand-alone adventure for Lori and JT though as they head to Chicago with Lori helping the FBI to bring in the head of the Cabressa family using a very expensive chess set as an incentive. But things don’t quite go to plan though when they get caught up in a high stakes poker game…
Steph Broadribb has done it again with Deep, Dark Night and delivered one of Lori’s most high octane adventures so far. Told in short, sharp chapters to maintain a high level of tension, the action never stops as Lori and JT work together to trap Cabressa even though they are the ones caught up in a deception where people are running scared for their lives.
I’ve always thought this series would translate well to the big screen but this time Steph Broadribb has totally captured the visual aspect of her narrative so well that I know it would make a brilliant film. The pacing is perfect and well timed whilst the descriptive language maintains those undercurrents without giving too much away. Lori and JT are an intriguing pair and work away from their daughter (and each other!) for pretty much most of the book but they have the same goal throughout which is to make it back to their daughter in one piece!
This is a dark, heart-thumpingly good read that continues Lori’s adventures to a very high standard indeed. I loved it from start to finish!
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 crimethrillergirl.com, 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.