DEEP DARK NIGHT | Steph Broadribb
(Lori Anderson #4)
03.05.2020 | Orenda Books
Raing: 4.5/5 stars
Lori Anderson is used to a life as a bounty hunter in Florida, but in DEEP DARK NIGHT she finds herself in Chicago working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe. In order to make up a debt owed to Monroe, Lori must agree to whatever scheme he has cooked up, which means she’ll be heading into a dangerous encounter with the head of the Cabressa crime family.
Cabressa is on the hunt for a priceless chess set and the FBI just happens to have what he’s after. Lori will infiltrate a high-stakes poker game that has been arranged at a swanky penthouse suite in one of Chicago’s tallest buildings. The plan is to make it to the end for a heads up battle with Cabressa, however, a city-wide power failure throws a massive, dangerous wrench into these plans. Hostages are taken and players start to be killed off. Will Lori survive this night?
DEEP DARK NIGHT may be the fourth installment into Broadribb’s Lori Anderson series, but it was my first time meeting this badass bounty hunter. I was hesitant to join the tour for this one, since despite owning the entire series, I haven’t read the first three installments. Karen assured me that I would be just fine and that this would work as a standalone. Not only does it work on it’s own, but it also sold me on making the rest of this series a must read before the year is out!
Lori Anderson is our main protagonist, along with her partner JT. Together the duo seem to easily build off of each other, which makes sense given their romantic connection. Individually the two characters shine on their own. Lori is clearly an incredibly strong woman, both physically and mentally, which is proven time and time again throughout this book as she works to get herself out of many situations. JT is also incredibly strong, but his personality is much more level-headed and subtle compared to Lori. They each work to complement each other so well throughout this story even when they are separated.
DEEP DARK NIGHT is a story that plays out over almost exclusively the course of one night. There are quite a few chapters that build the story up to the fateful night of the poker showdown, but it is this night which takes up the bulk of the meat in this story. I love that almost an entire book encompasses one night. I felt like I was living the entire night through alternating chapters between Lori and JT. The pacing of the story is suspenseful and extremely tense. I was on the edge of my seat clinging to each chapter wanting to know what would happen next. If you want an intensely bingeable read, then this is it!
This book definitely works as a standalone, so if you’re like me and have been wanting to meet Lori Anderson, but are terrible at keeping up with series reads, then rest assured! Broadribb clearly hints at things that have happened in the past that I’m sure I would understand at a more in-depth level if I had read the previous books, that didn’t stop me from loving every moment of this book.
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