Digital Reads Reviews

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That was the sound of my heart (I am a doc, that is how my textbooks say the heart beats) when the main character, a bounty hunter, Lori was taught how to play poker by her partner JT.

Lub-dub Lub-dub

Lub-dub Lub-dub

My beats increased when Lori entered the 63rd floor to play high stakes poker with some of the richest along with a crime boss.

Lub-dub Lub-dub Lub-dub

Lub-dub Lub-dub Lub-dub

Heartbeats increased

Then there was a blackout in the middle of the game, the suite transformed into a panic room. A voice announced some truths; the players lost their color. A game of who would tell the truth ensued, and people started dying. Lori and JT had to think fast in order to stay alive. Could she ever escape? My heartbeats started racing, goosebumps covered my body. The tiny hairs behind my neck rose up. I knew the author had me where she wanted – in her cross hairs.

Lub… Lub-dub Lub… Lub-dub

Lub… Lub… Lub-dub

Lub… Lub… Lub-dub

I started getting arrhythmias when the suspense and action in the story rose in intensity, and I could barely catch my breath. The adrenaline coursed through my veins in a fevered pitch as if they could barely be contained. I had to walk to complete reading this book as I couldn’t even start to guess where the author would take me.

I had heard good things about the author Steph Broadribb, but I never knew she would give me a cardiac workout. (I don’t think my cardiologist would approve of this author, and don’t worry, Karen, I took my meds when suspense started rising)

The writing was fast like a bullet train racing to reach its destination. My first introduction to this author filled me with stupendous energy. The writing was superfluous, filled with action, raising the whole atmosphere of the story. Locked room mystery is one of my absolute favorites, and the author knew how to lock me in it.

And nah…. I wasn’t claustrophobic, I knew Steph Broadribb would save me. Or I hoped Karen would send her army to save me. She is quite resourceful.

The book was unstoppable. I found that I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. Addictive and compelling was what the story was. I was ensnared in the web of deceit and action, a strange madness in the air. Absolutely enthralling.

And yes, I did buy the earlier two books, the third is in my cart.

I received a free ARC from Anne and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Fearless Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson travels to Chicago to trap the head of a notorious crime family, in a high-stakes, nail-biting mission that sees her trapped in one of the city’s tallest buildings during a blackout…

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
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…

Publication Date: March 2020

30 Responses

    1. Oooh scary truth, lots of past and present connected. But the action was like a Hollywood movie. It would be the best to see when we are in lockdown

    1. Really, you think so!! The book was absolutely filled with action.
      I wrote it 15 min before post was due… Dictated to phone. Checked for basic typo and published it… It was harrowing

          1. Nah… Not working since Feb… Too many people dying has made me quite stressed. 700 over 24 hours are a bad figure. Will look forward to your post

          2. Aren’t you watching news? Those are the figures for Spain and Italy. And soon other places would join now. So it seems

          3. Of course. It seems like that’s all I do lately, although I’m trying to cut back a bit. It’s difficult to keep up at times because things change so quickly. I thought you were talking about 700 deaths at your hospital. Right now it looks like the U.S. has the dubious honor of the most cases. We’re now over 82,000.

          4. No no we have had 20 deaths in the country…
            No idea when this nightmare would end and not pop up again for a second spike. I keep praying that the virus mutates to a less dangerous form. Fingers crossed. Prayers on

  1. Its becoming always harder for me finding words for your more and more pulling reviews, Shalini! The thriller is beaten by you heart-beat covering. 😉 Thank you for another very nice review. Michael

      1. Always with a great pleasure, Shalini! Have to read the last weeks reviews too. Sorry, sometimes the time flows like the rain. Keep save too, and dont want to become a hero, these times. Michael

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