Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong.
The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.
Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut.
Deep Down Dead is one of those books that’s loved by everyone who has read it – just go look at it’s Amazon or GoodReads page, they’re filled with absolutely glowing reviews, so it was definitely a book I had to read. There’s a lot of love on GoodReads, too, for the fact that Lori is a bounty hunter, as if that’s a rare job in books but if you will allow me to plug another series, go read Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter and the series is worlds away from Deep Down Dead, but it’s vastly enjoyable and absolutely bat-crap crazy hilarious. Like I said, though, it’s entirely different from Deep Down Dead, but both are just as enjoyable and it’s so, so good to see women kicking butt.
It took me a while to get into Deep Down Dead, I won’t lie. A lot of that is to do with the writing. It’s not written badly, don’t get me wrong, it’s just different to the way books are normally written. The whole Southern thing threw me off and I had to re-read things a few times until I could get into the cadence of Lori’s voice, but once I did, I was away and this was a fantastic thriller. It was proper edge of your seat stuff. Especially since Lori’s daughter was along on this trip to collect JT with her, that really added an extra edge to everything, because it’s YOUR KID.
The pace on this book is so, so intense. I can see why there’s so much love for the book everywhere – even on the book cover. Honestly, the back page is covered with absolutely spot-on quotes for how good this book was. The characters really grabbed you, the plot was so intense and I just felt like the whole book left me reeling, in the best way possible. I’m stoked that this is just the first in a series, and I’m incredibly interested to see where the book goes after everything that happened. If you don’t believe me, go pick up this incredible book and see for yourself!