Today is my stop on the blog tour for Good Girl, Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry, and I am thrilled to present you a little introduction of the main character of the story along with my review.
About This Book
Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.
Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.
Meet The Main Character
When we are introduced to Kal Medi, she is just back from a mission abroad. But what’s on her mind isn’t the jet-lag, or the thought of a relaxing bubble bath. Her mother is missing. Riddled with guilt for not having taken her mother’s last phone call seriously enough to come back earlier, Kal quickly understands her vanishing is linked to Alesha Medi’s work. Like mother, like daughter, Kal takes it upon herself to discover what happened and starts an investigation that will lead her across the world.
Combine psychology and action, add plane tickets and dark secrets, politics and the worst in men, and you get yourself a strong read. While Kal’s investigation to find her mother adds the thrill of the chase and a good dose of handwork, what drew me to this story was the psychological study of what is left of our upbringing when we become adults. How much do our parents’ shape us? Are all our choices dictated by ourselves or our parents’ words? I found Kal’s search for her true self fascinating without ever becoming boring thanks to the adrenaline brought by the investigation.
We are proved once again that what happens on the highest spheres of the community is not shinier… or even legal. As the clock ticks, her mother’s hopes of being found are getting weaker, and Kal needs to use all her strengths and abilities to uncover the actions of shady well-off men ready to do anything to protect their secret world. For that, she must rely on her late father’s legacy, a knowledge of manipulation, deceit and lies. This comes so naturally to Kal that she starts to wonder what kind of person she really is.
While some of her actions as well as details in the storyline came a little too obvious or far-fetched, I could not help but feel the tension creep in as Kal got closer to her enemies, and the truth. The author masterfully manages to balance a fast-paced plot with deeper questioning and time flew so fast that I was genuinely surprised when I realized I had reached the end of the story. I am giving Good Girl, Bad Girl three and a half stars and will be looking forward to meeting Kal again in her next story!
Good Girl, Bad Girl is available on Amazon
About The Author
Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years for agencies working with: carers, vulnerable older people and those with dementia, survivors of abuse, and victims of racism and racial attacks. Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children. As well as her passion for writing, Ann enjoys gardening and is a member of her local roller blading club. Ann has previously published a series of short stories called Tales of the Unexpected (2015-2016). Her debut novel, and the first in the Kal Medi series, Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry (published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing 23rd August 2016 RRP £8.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores.
Social Media: @GirdharryAnn
Author Website: http://www.girdharry.com
Blog Tour information
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