Wow. Missing Brandy is a wonderful book. Susan Russo Anderson just keeps getting better and better.
In Missing Brandy she brilliantly weaves the narrative about an abducted girl from multiple viewpoints, namely, Fina - the investigator/protagonist, Brandy – the abducted girl (either through her journals or in first person as she is chained up) and Henry, Brandy’s abductor. Nobody in this story is without fault; even Brandy has a case of teenage girl attitude. But on the flip side, nobody is beyond redemption. Early in the novel Russo-Anderson spends a lot of time building up Henry’s motivations for why he’d do something so terrible, and while the death of his son had something to do with it, there are other even more complex forces at work. But I actually at times felt SORRY for Henry. Similarly, I was often frustrated with Trisha, Brandy’s mom, even though there are few things I can imagine to be more horrific than having your child kidnapped. But in the end all the characters grew on me, except maybe – well, I don’t want to give too much away.
Finally, I love Fina Fitzgibbons. She is competent and tough, and her relationship with Denny adds an element of romance and suspense to an already suspenseful story. By the end, when Fina has been put into danger herself, you will feel Denny’s pain and panic. But this is no damsel in distress story, and Russo-Anderson has once again delivered a novel with a strong female protagonist who drives the action. Don’t miss this one!
A missing teen. A hit man with a needle. And an unstoppable PI . . . . When thirteen-year-old Brandy Liam vanishes, her mother hires Fina Fitzgibbons to find her daughter. But Fina soon learns she's dealing with a hit man who wields a deadly needle. He's killed the innocent before, and he won't hesitate to kill again. Despite mortal peril, Fina plunges into a relentless search for Brandy that includes a harrowing ride in the trunk of the killer's car. Can she stop a deranged assassin before he kills Brandy?
Missing Brandy is the second book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series and may be read as a standalone.
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About the Author
Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University, and a life member of The Art Students League of New York. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner's Dilsey, she's seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.