Friday, 12 August 2016

Blog Tour and Review : Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry

The Very Pink Notebook is thrilled to be part of Ann Girdharry's new psychological suspense thriller,
Good Girl Bad Girl, blog tour this week.  With much thanks to Kate Appleton, at Authoright for involving me in the tour and for a copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.

Good Girl Bad Girl 
Published by : Create Space and Kindle Direct
Published : 23 August 2016
Copy : Paperback - Received from Authoright as part of blog tour

The Blurb

Kal is twenty-eight years old and she’s no fool, though sometimes she might pretend to be, because hiding her strengths is a great way to extract information.

An expert in psychology and skilled in reading other people and their behaviours, she first learnt her craft from her deceased father. He was a man with dark secrets.

When her journalist mother goes missing, Kal investigates. A shadow’s been stalking her family for three generations. Kal will uncover a child trafficking network and to find her mother, she must face her deepest suspicions and a dread she's been avoiding all her life…

The Very Pink Notebook Review

Good Girl Bad Girl is a disturbingly dark, psychological thriller, with a complex, multi-layered plot.  Our protagonist, Kal, returns from her latest photo-journalism assignment to find her investigative journalist mother is missing.  Kal has spent her life being trained, by her late father, in understanding human psychology and her instincts immediately warn her something is very wrong.

Although a little slow to start with once the pace picks up it rarely lets up and the complicated job of unravelling her mothers clues leads Kal, and her loyal friends, into a black underworld of child trafficking.  When I sensed where this plot was going I felt a reluctance to continue chapter after chapter, but Girdharry has crafted an acceptable balance of giving just enough information, so you know what is going on but you do not have to endure any graphic detail.  And knowing what is going on makes you really route for Kal in her quest to rescue the ones most at danger; the children.

What I really liked about this book was the way the author inserted the fascinating details about human psychology, without it ever being out of place in the plot.  Kal, at first glance may seem like a very unrealistic character but as the reader discovers she is not the child of 'average' parents and had a far from normal childhood so she is not going to be your every day citizen. 

It was great to have such a determined female lead protagonist and we discover she comes from a family of these women, but also for her main ally, best friend Marty, to also be a strong - both mentally and physically - female.

Overall this is a well written, pacey, meaty plot.  Teamed with well developed characters it is certainly worth a read, particularly if you like your novels with a more 'noir' flavour.

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Good Girl Bad Girl is out on 23 August 2016 in paperback and in ebook.  Be sure to check out what other reviewers thought of the book by following the tour :

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About The Author

Ann Girdharry

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 UK  and to order from all good bookstores.

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