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Good Girl Bad Girl


4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Kate at Authoright in return for an honest review as part of the blog tour


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A stalker. A pact. And a deadly secret.
How far must Kal go to face the truth and find her missing mother?
A new, dangerous, psychological suspense thriller.
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…
My Thoughts & Review:
As a freelance journalist working in dangerous and hostile environments, it takes a lot to raise the suspicions of Kal Medi.  So when her mother Alesha phones her whilst on assignment on the other side of the globe to drop everything to assist her with a project, Kal suspects nothing untoward, and assures  Alesha she will come back.  
The next call Kal receives is from Alesha’s best friend, in a panic because Alesha has disappeared.  Knowing that something is not right, Kal heads home to investigate.  Seeing nothing out of place in her mother’s home, Kal’s attention is piqued by a threatening note left in plain sight, why did her mother leave this lying?  And more importantly, what could this signify?   The notes are a common occurrence for her family, both her grandmother and mother have been recipients of these but always destroyed them whilst brushing off Kal’s curiosities.    
Kal turns detective, determined to find out what has happened to Alesha, but with no idea where to start she visits her grandmother Nannie to break the news and to find out what she knows about the letters.  
Travelling to India leads Kal to the most earth shattering discoveries.  When she realises the depths of the corruption and perversion involved, she knows she must do all she can to stop those involved.
Experienced in martial arts, expert in psychology and a skilled people watcher, Kal Medi is an interesting character.  The crafting of this character has been so cleverly done – a strong and independent woman because of her childhood.  Her unorthodox “training” with her father gave her the tools to succeed in life but also made her deeply mistrusting of people to the point she is alone.  
The supporting characters balance out Kal’s personality well, her best friend Marty and new friend LeeMing add a calm and balance to her arguments for action, more than once their collective sense prevailing to keep Kal safe.  Nannie is a wonderful character, her good days are a delight to read, the advice she gives to Kal reminds me of my own grandmother, insightful and just the right amount of verbal kick up the rear end.  

Girdharry demonstrates superb writing in this book, her attention to detail is second to none.  The reader can feel the intensity of the situations Kal finds herself in, envision the sights of India and the children, and experience the frustration Kal feels searching for Alesha.
  
Due to the disturbing nature of some aspects of this book, I would urge caution to some readers, especially younger ones.  This can be an uncomfortable read, reference to child trafficking and abuse are not subjects that everyone is comfortable reading about.  
That said, this is gripping read, fraught with tension, intrigue and danger.  Very cleverly written, the pace was slow to begin with but once it picked up, there was no holding back, “just one more chapter before bed” wasn’t even uttered….I read this in one sitting, it had me hooked.
You can buy a copy of Good Girl Bad Girl here.  
 
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 rollerblading club. 
Ann has previously published a series of short stories called Tales of the Unexpected (2015-2016). 
Her début 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.
For more information about Ann Girdharry, go to www.girdharry.com or follow her on Twitter at @GirdharryAnn

 

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Painkiller

Author: N.J. Fountain
Published: 18 February 2016
Reviewed: 24 February 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Little, Brown Book Group UK in return for an honest review

4 out of 5 Stars

 



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Hanover House

Author : Brenda Novak
Published: 01 September 2015
Reviewed: 02 September 2015

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy kindly supplied by Brenda Novak in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

 

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? 

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. 

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if one little thing goes wrong…

It’s important to note that this is a prequel to Brenda Novak’s suspense series based around Dr. Evelyn Talbot, a renowned psychiatrist in the field of psychopathology and her “baby”, Hanover House.  
Hanover House is a facility built to house some of the most depraved and interesting murderers in America, where Dr. Evelyn Talbot plans to study their speech and body language to understand them better.   

Dr. Evelyn Talbot, herself a survivor of a brutal attack, carries with her both the physical and mental scars of her troubled past.  This makes it hard for her to have a “normal” life in many aspects, making the encounters with the charming Alaskan State Trooper Sergeant Amarock difficult for them both but frustrating for the reader.  It’s not going to be all psychopaths and snowmen for Evelyn in Alaska, someone from her past is desperate to catch up and share a furture with her, albeit a short one.  I am conscious about adding too much detail, I don’t want to ruin the suspense or enjoyment for other readers, but suffice to say this is definitely a page turner!

Perhaps because this is a prequel to what sounds like an interesting series, there is a hurried feel to the story and the relationships between the characters.  The need to set the scene and introduce the reader to the main characters and plot makes this novella “jam packed” with information and the pace is constant, thankfully it was a electronic copy I had, otherwise I’d have had paper cuts turning the pages to fast!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery and Thriller (and there’s touches of Romance) genres.

I would like to thank Brenda Novak for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 1st September 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Hanover House (UK Kindle Version)
 

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