Welcome to my stop on the Good Girl Bad Girl Blog Tour! Read on for a Guest Post from the author and be sure to check out the full schedule below.
I’ve always enjoyed reading. Probably, reading was one of my main occupations at one time and I’ve kept my taste for women’s and historical fiction and speculative fiction, from that time. However, in the last few years, mystery, suspense and thriller genres have taken up more and more of my reading space.
I’ve read so many books and many of them have been good. What I’ve found though, is that powerful scenes from some of the best books have always stayed with me, and it’s those scenes and some other memories that I’m going to talk about here. To make it harder, I’ve limited myself to two books per reading era and made myself pick out the top two that stand out…
Of the books I read a very long time ago – these stand out
Dead Babies by Martin Amis
I still recall the moment when the vain male character falls over and smashes his teeth out on the corner of the glass coffee table. This book has such a cutting sense of humour. It’s such a wonderful satire on human nature. To recall a scene from a book that I read around wenty years ago, is, I think, a (miracle?) testament to the talent of the writer.
If this is a Man by Primo Levi
In one phase of my reading life, I read almost all of Primo Levi’s books. If there is one book you must read in your life it is this one, but prepare yourself, for he describes the atrocities of the Holocaust from his own experiences and in a way that you can never forget. This is one of the books that can change the deeper layers of who you are, or who you think you are.
Of the books I read a while ago – these stayed in my mind
Once by Moris Gleitzmann
I read this book about ten years ago and I can tell you it is utterly tragic yet compelling. I actually bought it for my oldest daughter but I found it so heart wrenching, and she is such a sensitive soul, that I have hidden it from her ever since.
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
Clever, wickedly hilarious and surreal. A bunch of rodents have super-abilities (Why you ask yourself? How?) Can they make a pact with their arch enemy, save themselves and save the day? Sacrifices must be made along the way. The set up sounds absurd, but I have to tell you, this book is pure genius.
Of the books I read recently – these are my favourites
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
This book was so good I didn’t want to finish reading it. I actually slowed down for the last few chapters to put off the point when it would end. The writing style is superb. The plot is fantastic. I’ve read others of Tom Rob Smith but this one tops the pile.
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
I am a fan of Karin Slaughter and I can’t deny it! This book stood out because, for once, she takes us back in time in Atlanta, Georgia. We see the police department split along white – black lines and Amanda Wagner as a young woman officer struggling to make it in a man’s world (in the others in this series Wagner is the top dog in charge of the police department). This is a great series but this one in particular is a favourite of mine for the historical context and the background to characters we see in the current day in the rest of the books.
By the way, if Good Girl Bad Girl ever gets to sit on a bookshelf beside these two authors, I’d be delighted!
Title: Good Girl, Bad Girl
Author: Ann Girdharry
Publication date: 23rd August, 2016
Publisher: Create Space and Kindle Direct
Format: Available in ebook and paperback
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.
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: www.girdharry.com
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