Endangered Species is a mystery novel based on, an all too real problem facing us now in the U.S., human trafficking ring. The story revolves around the disappearance of a young 16 year old girl from Arizona. The girl’s mother is told she has a sister from a previous marriage that is a well known retired homicide detective turned private investigator who she calls to help find her daughter. Brenda is the detective we follow as she investigates the suspects and pieces together the clues leading to a dramatic and jaw dropping ending.
I could not put this book down. I am writing this review after staying up all night reading this book because I could not put it down to go to bed. Human trafficking is an issue near to my heart as I work in a ministry that reaches out to ladies caught up in the sex industry. I applaud the author for realistically portraying how these girls end up in these situations and what happens in these situations. This may be a fictional work but it is the reality for millions of ladies worldwide every day. There’s no shying away from sex in this book but it is handled appropriately; the real thing is far worse than how it is portrayed here. They mystery story plot was excellently developed and executed. I like mysteries that let me follow along logically but still have some plot twists to them and this fulfilled that criteria. This is simply a five star phenomenal read for me!
The only minor criticism I could think to give this book is that I wish the author had used Brenda’s PTSD more in the book…people with PTSD usually struggle at least at times through their lives and I think it could have been used more in the story. The personalities of the characters were developed and memorable and I enjoyed them but I do have to say I didn’t find myself in love with any particular character. I did picture the main character, Brenda the detective, and her boyfriend as similar to the relationship on the TV series Castle in their relationship which brought it more to life for me. It may be perhaps that I was so drawn into the plot I missed the little details that show their character instead of telling it that make us fall in love with characters.
I loved this book though and I’m glad I picked it up. I wasn’t aware it involved human trafficking when I did pick it up as a mystery book. I can’t applaud the author for putting this information into a well written mystery story that can reach people who may not necessarily care to know about the topic or think it is a non-issue because it doesn’t happen here. Even among resources that educate people about human trafficking the particular angle this story takes is a unique one in that most people aren’t aware that girls will recruit other girls into the ring in order to get money and have a higher status than the girls they oversee. It is a page turning midnight oil reading book that you won’t be able to put down!
Endangered Species by Michael Altitudes is a book in a series featuring private detective Brenda Corrino. I have not read the prior book, but I did not have any trouble following along. Absolutely one of the best books I've read recently. I will definitely pick up the other book as soon as I get a chance. Brenda has now become business partners with her boyfriend Darren.This book has Brenda going to Arizona to search for her missing niece, the daughter of a sister she didn't even know she had, Faith. As Brenda is trying to find her, she questions everyone, which doesn't go over well with some. Faith and her husband have swingers lifestyle that comes to light. As the story goes on, we realize that human trafficking is going on right here in the US. This is a book that will have you wanting to read it in one sitting, regardless of how long it takes. I hope there are more books coming in this series.
Endangered Species by Michael Altieri has me almost speechless because my adrenaline is so amped up after reading this thriller/mystery. In this story, Private Investigator Brenda Corrino, receives a frantic phone call from a half-sister that she never new she had pleading for her assistance to find her missing niece, Madison. Brenda travels from her home in Connecticut to her sister's home in Arizona to investigate. She joins forces with Deputy Sheriff Cartwright to try and find her niece. The case is strange since Madison appears to have left home without her driver's license or cell phone...which no teenager would do in this day and age. I won't give the story away, but it's a troubling tale that could be from a current day news headline. It is not for children unless used as a cautionary tale for teens. I especially loved the way the author wrote the story going between the viewpoints of Brenda's investigation and Madison's experiences. This story had everything I love: twists and turns along with a little romance and erotica thrown in the mix. It definitely deserves the five stars I'm giving it, and I'd give it more if possible. I liked it so much that I plan to read another book by this author.
Brenda Corrino is asked by her sister to find her niece. Wait a minute! What sister? Brenda never knew she had a sister! Be that as it may, Brenda and her boyfriend/business partner Dr.Darren Crowe go to Arizona to help her sister. There Brenda befriends Deputy Sheriff Logan Cartwright. He explains that the same thing happened to a girl in another town five years ago. Can they find Brenda's niece? What did Madison get her young self into? Of course Faith and her husband are not squeeky clean citizens themselves, so Brenda has to consider them until they can be cleared of any wrong doing. A real good story. Nice pace, wonder characters. I would read another book by this author.
A great, gritty mystery, that touch the very sensitive subject of human trafficking and does it right.
The dual POVs work well and help the reader to get under the skin of the characters. I particularly liked Brenda Corrino: smart and strong, and very, very human.
I found the book truly interesting, and a compelling read. I certainly will keep an eye on others books by this author.
The third book in the series. They just get better and better. This was action-packed, adventurous, so believable, amazing, engrossing, riveting and so much more. Of course Brenda was her sexy, cute and tantalizing self. We meet her half sister and it really adds to the storyline. They must inherit their sexy coyness from their father.