Monday, March 17, 2014

Anybody's Daughter Book Review

I have a really good thriller/crime drama book to share with you called Anybody's Daughter written by Pamela Samuels Young.
Thirteen-year-old Brianna Walker is ecstatic. She's about to sneak off to meet her first real boyfriend—a boyfriend she met on Facebook. But Brianna is in for a horrifying surprise because her boyfriend doesn't exist. Instead, Brianna unwittingly becomes the captive of a ring of drug dealers- turned-human traffickers who prey on lonely girls from dysfunctional homes.  
But they’ve made a big mistake in targeting Brianna because she doesn’t meet either of those criteria. Brianna’s Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, is determined to find the niece who is more like a daughter to him. Rather than sit back and rely on police to bring Brianna home, Dre scours the dark corners of Los Angeles looking for her. He is stunned to learn that the trafficking of children isn’t just happening in other countries.  
It’s occurring at epidemic levels right in his own backyard. Dre is not alone in his desperate search. Loretha Johnson knows this world well. A social worker who previously lived “the life,” Loretha now dedicates her time to saving as many young girls as she can find. She turns out to be an invaluable resource for Dre, who ultimately gets a lead on The Shepherd, a mastermind in the trafficking world whose every move is fueled by ego and greed. Dre vows to bring his reign of terror to an end, even if he has to break the law to do it.  
While Brianna makes a futile effort to thwart her captors, Dre is getting closer and closer to finding her. The woman he loves, attorney Angela Evans, knows the dangers faced by sexually exploited children because she represents them in juvenile court. Angela lends her moral support and, eventually, an important clue to Brianna’s whereabouts.  
As he races against the clock, Dre ultimately comes up with a daring plan—one that puts many lives in danger, including his own. But will he find Brianna before it's too late?
This was a really all too familiar tale of what happens when young girls are foolish enough to believe what they read on Facebook from boys. I guess I have always been an old soul because even when I was young once, I never ever would have fallen for this junk. I find it very hard to believe that girls still fall for this after so much attention has been out there about this being bad for them.
I really was surprised that someone who was a good student fell for this old scheme and more so because she had a pretty good home and family that loved her. Anyway, it's just a story and the way that Pamela Young tells it is heartbreaking but probably right on the money. I actually came pretty close one time of finding this out for myself with a family member who almost "disappeared". Thankfully, we got her back and her story was different than this one, but it still hit close to home, so I know these things really do exist.
This should be a story that every teen girl and boy should be reading. Or better yet, they need to listen to a victim's story and understand it's not glamorous, it's down right dangerous. You know, scare the crap out of them! I can tell you from my experience, we were all scared half to death and it took the two young girls months to recover.
This story will keep you on the edge of your seat rooting for Brianna and the other girls. It moved me so much that I stayed up all night to finish the book, which doesn't happen often. I was glued to the book and could not put it down until I had finished it and knew the outcome. It's a gut wrenching story because just like in my real life experience, you won't know until it's all over with, how much things could have gone wrong. In the blink of an eye, lives could change and lives could be lost. It's not a story to take lightly and I hope that one day, this will be something that we no longer have to worry about.
If you love high drama, then this is definitely worth reading and you will want to hug your daughter and tell her that you love her.
Happy Reading!
Purchase your copy on Amazon.
About the Author:
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and bestselling author of the legal thrillers, Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Buying Time, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Anybody's Daughter. She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide.

In addition to writing legal thrillers and working as an in-house employment attorney for a major corporation in Southern California, Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A., an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers. The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley's School of Law. She is married and lives in the Los Angeles area.
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.