Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb – Book Review

Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb – Book Review


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…



#4 in the Series featuring Lori Anderson, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone ( but I will be reading the previous 3 now!)

Lori is a bounty hunter and she’s in debt to the FBI. Agent Morgan has a job for her involving the Cabressa crime family. He wants to lock up the boss finally……but at what cost?

Lori has contacted the family offering a prized gold chess set for sale, her offer is accepted but there are conditions. She must play a game of poker! This gives her a few hours to learn the game with the help of JT.

So, dressed to the nines she arrives at the game in a luxury penthouse, but then the power goes out plunging them into darkness and as tensions rise all hell breaks out.

The body count rises and so does the tension. Can Lori and JT escape the building in the pitch dark?

This really is a clever thriller and so well written, from the fierce and strong Lori, to the claustrophobic tension of trying to escape a dark building. It’s a real heart pounder of a read. Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.


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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 thrillers. 

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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