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.
This extract is from near the beginning of the book. Kal has arrived back from her assignment at the refugee camp in Kenya. She has been summoned by an urgent message from her mother’s best friend, Sarah, and when Kal arrives at her mother’s apartment block, Sarah is waiting outside. The reader gets their first glimpse of David Khan and the first taste of Kal’s childhood and the fact that all was not as it would seem to be.
‘Kal tucked her jet black hair behind her ear. Being alone would have been better. Then she wouldn’t need to conceal herself under layers of bravado and front. As she paused for a moment, her fingertips detected tiny particles of grit near her temple, a leftover from her week at the refugee camp in Kenya.
“Mum’s always dashing off on assignment, there’s no need to worry,” Kal said and she walked smartly towards her mother’s apartment block, pushing down memories of her father’s smashed and broken body.
Her father, David Khan, had died when she was twelve years old, leaving her bereft, and with a head full of questions. Not ordinary questions about life and death that any child would be tormented with, no, extraordinary questions about why they had to keep so many secrets, and why did he insist on teaching her such strange things. He’d made all his tutoring a game of course, and she’d excelled as his student, but she’d always realised that the skills he possessed were abnormal. Disturbing.’
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.