Good Girl Bad Girl – Ann Girdharry
How far must Kal go to face the truth and find her missing mother?
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…
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Kal Medi is a photo journalist. She has returned from assignment to find her mother has vanished. Her mother’s home looks undisturbed, however, a threatening letter lies in plain sight. Kal is surprised by the letter (not that one exists but that her mother has left it where it could be found) it seems Kal, her mother and her grandmother before her, have been receiving threatening letters for years. This is the first of the curious plot threads that Ann Gridharry has left for us.
When she was young Kal was trained by her father to read people, their nervous ticks, their subtle “tells” and their involuntary gestures. It seems that Kal can almost see into the soul of people she is speaking with. Her father challenged her to “read” people to uncover their secrets – at a young age Kal could learn the worst of people’s vices and it steeled her for challenges to come. Her father also ensured Kal was trained in martial arts, she can defend herself better than most and is a threat to those that may challenge her. A real kick-ass heroine and a great lead character.
Good Girl Bad Girl sees Kal investigating her mother’s disappearance. Her only clue is a series of photographs that her mother hid on her computer – Kal needs to identify the people in the photo’s, track them down and then work out why her mother wanted her to look into these individuals. There is no guarantee that this will lead Kal to her mother, however it seems the only lead she has.
Her investigations will lead from London to India where a remote medical facility is aiding Indian street kids by providing badly injured children with replacement artificial limbs. The experiments that are being conducted in India are advancing medial technologies which will benefit thousands around the world. However, Kal has her suspicions over the facility and has to find a way to establish if the research is all legitimate.
I will confess that it took me a little time to get into Good Girl Bad Girl. Kal seemed a bit too good to be true initially, her ability to “read” people reminded me of Spider-man’s “spider sense” which would tingle when danger arose and it was a little overused through the book. I am being a tad churlish as Good Girl Bad Girl develops into a really strong thriller and I found that after my initial doubts over where the story may be heading I actually really enjoyed it.
There are some pretty dark topics addressed in Good Girl Bad Girl – naturally I cannot share what they are (SPOILERS) but I really liked the direction the story took. Ann Girdharry does not shy away from the nasty side of the adventures and this was a definite bonus as I never like when the story is played too safe and all the characters are bulletproof. Kal and her allies will not have everything their own way and a few twisty shocks will ramp up the excitement and keep you reading.
So the acid test…did I enjoy it? Yes.
Would I recommend it? Yes again.
And would I read more books from this author? Absolutely.
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Good Girl Bad Girl is available in paperback and digital format and you can order a copy by clicking through the following link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Girl-Bad-Psychological-Suspense-ebook/dp/B01IZD3PD2/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471992853&sr=1-4&keywords=ann+girdharry