Ayo Onatade is an avid reader of crime and mystery fiction. She has been writing reviews, interviews and articles on the subject for the last 12 years; with an eclectic taste from historical to hardboiled, short stories and noir films
Bounty hunter Lori Anderson
is juggling her job alongside looking after her daughter who is seriously ill. Struggling
to make ends meet she takes on a job that for all intents and purposes should
have been a straightforward and simple task.
I mean what could go wrong?
All she has to do is pick up a fugitive and return him.
The only tiny problem is
that the fugitive is her former mentor whom she really does not want to have
anything more to do with. But as can be expected, there is more to the job than
meets the eye and soon she finds herself fighting more than just a simple
pick-up. It is dangerous and out of control. Will she survive?
Deep Down Dead is a wonderfully exciting
novel that had me tearing through the pages at speed. On the one hand I wanted
to read it as quickly as possible but on the other hand I really did not want
it to end. It is not often that this happens.
Steph Broadribb deals with
the topical issues of child exploitation and sexual abuse with an intensity and
maturity that leaves you gasping and with your heart in your mouth. Alongside
the excellent characterisation and a sense of place you have in the novel – a
series that is bound to get better and better.
Steph’s debut novel’s main
character is a well-drawn, feisty female bounty hunter who is determined but
fragile and bloody good at her job. This is no smooth ride. Deep
Down Dead gives the reader one hell of an adrenaline rush.