Title: Good Girl, Bad Girl
Author: Ann Girdharry
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.
Kal has left behind her friends in London and travelled to Kolkata, India to the ScottBioTec research institute. After helping out a small boy called Ashok, Kal has been befriended by Ashok and his sister Padma. In this extract, Kal spends her first night at the research institute and she’s been watching the matron do a tour of the children’s dormitories. (Jasodra is the house mother of this dormitory).
‘Jasodra had given her a first clue earlier. Now Kal clocked her second clue. Most likely the matron didn’t know what she was checking for. Most probably she was acting on experience and a nagging sixth sense. A sixth sense which gave her a subliminal message that something was awry, only she couldn’t put her finger on what, so she fell back on efficiency and routine and went around to check, like a lioness who senses danger in the environment and feels a need to prowl the perimeter.
Kal helped Ashok pack up his crayons and she dropped her voice slightly lower. “When did the old matron leave?”
Padma seemed a lot older than her nine years, probably because she’d been looking after Ashok for most of her life. Kal hadn’t wanted to ask if they’d been abandoned by their family, though she guessed it was the case. Before they came to ScottBioTec it must have been Padma who’d kept them alive on the streets. Now Padma’s dark brown eyes flicked towards, and then away from, her brother.
“The old matron’s been gone seven weeks. Now, Ashok, hurry up and get to the bathroom or you’ll be late for lights out.”
Padma hustled her brother out of the room, then she turned to Kal, her eyes wise and knowing far beyond her nine years. A shiver of expectancy ran up Kal’s spine. Certainly she’d been right to come here. She bent down so Padma could whisper in her ear.
“When the others are asleep, come and see me,” Padma said.
And Kal recognised the firm instruction in the little girl’s voice.’
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.