Title: Good Girl, Bad Girl
Author: Ann Girdharry
Social Media: @GirdharryAnn
Author Website: www.girdharry.com
Publication date: 23rd August
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.
Quick Fact File
Richard Scott is the entrepreneur owner of ScottBioTec. ScottBioTec produces artificial limbs and it’s grown from a lack-lustre enterprise to an organisation worth millions, thanks to the advances they’ve made based on research carried out on Indian street children.
At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Scott as Kal’s mother’s lover. This comes as a surprise to Kal because her mother hadn’t told her. He’s good looking, in good shape, a successful entrepreneur making millions. When Scott says he’s in love with Alesha, Kal sees that he isn’t lying but what he says doesn’t make sense to her. Why didn’t Kal’s mother tell her about Scott?
Scott is concerned about Alesha. He hires a private agency to locate her. When Kal tells him she feels she’s being followed, he wants to arrange a bodyguard for her.
It seems that Alesha has told Scott a lot about Kal. Scott knows about her early life, her school days, her triumphs and difficulties. He seems perfect – loving, concerned, perfectly dressed and not a hair out of place. Even his office is pristine. So why are the hairs standing up on the back of Kal’s neck?
Kal’s father taught her how to read people. There’s one type of person her father called a ‘master trickster’. A master trickster is the king at the poker table- the one who gives no clues away. Someone who’s so adept at concealment, he can evade detection. Is that Scott, or is Scott truly genuine? Maybe Kal’s jealousy is getting the better of her? Kal and Alesha have a favourite city in India. Is Kal simply jealous that Alesha took Scott there?
A bit more detail
I enjoyed creating the character of Scott because he’s so convincing. He seems flawless. But no one can by flawless, can they? In fact, some people might create such a convincing persona, to conceal something very deep and very dark. So that they can live an ordinary life on the surface, but who they really are is kept underground, under wraps, because it’s so deviant. But then how can you detect them? How can you out-trick them? Sometimes these people are so clever that just as you think you’ve outsmarted them, just as you think you’ve stalked them so cleverly, you turn around to find them stalking you.
Scott believes he’s the king, superior to everyone and able to out-smart those around him. He has the power and the influence of the Syndicate to back him up. Kal is smart too but has she met her match?
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.