I’m delighted to welcome author Ann Girdharry to Jen Med’s today in order to share a little more book love. I was lucky enough to review the first book in Ann’s Kal Medi series, Good Girl, Bad Girl, last year and loved it, so it’s my pleasure to be able to welcome Ann back to be blog in the run up to the release of book two, London Noir, next week. Before we take a look at Ann’s bookish confessions, let’s find out a little bit more about Ann and her books.
Ann Girdharry is a British crime suspense thriller author.
A trained psychotherapist, she worked for many years as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, for agencies working with carers, vulnerable older people, survivors of abuse, and victims of racial attacks.
She currently lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, is an ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD Finalist 2017.
Her second crime suspense thriller, LONDON NOIR, will be published October 2017.
You can follow Ann on her website and on social media:
The Kal Medi Series
Good Girl, Bad Girl
Kal’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, she first learnt her craft from her deceased father. He was a man with disturbing secrets.
When her journalist mother goes missing, Kal investigates.
What she uncovers involves murder, trafficking and Kal’s own worst nightmare…
Crime, suspense, thriller. A new, kick-ass heroine. Good Girl Bad Girl is the first in the Kal Medi series.
Memory loss, nightmares, the urge to kill – Sophie has it all. Is it really Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Or something more sinister? Kal is about to find out…
After a near-fatal road accident, Kal helps a young girl in trouble.
The girl’s friends are being murdered one by one. Why? And who by? Kal must kick start herself out of her downward spiral to save the young stranger. But Kal is in the grip of the London Cartel and is someone after the girl, or is the girl after someone?
Favourite book from childhood
This is an early reader book and I adored Tiptoes and felt very sorry for her (you’ll have to read the book to find out why!)
The first book you fell in love with
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I think I wanted to be George
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Oh dear – I don’t have one. Is there something wrong with me?
Weirdest book crush
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.
I am a Terry Pratchett fan. This book is surreal and enchanting. It’s a wonderful story about a cat and a bunch of genetically altered rats. They try to change the course of fate and must work together. Wonderful. Fantastical. And downright weird.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.
I even slowed down in the last few chapters because I couldn’t face the ending. This is easily my favourite thriller of all time.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
The Time-Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
This one caught my attention a few years ago and it’s still sitting on my shelf.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Time travel. An elf. Dwarves. A body guard who’s a martial arts master. A character called Doo-Dah-Day. A criminal mastermind and his cunning adversaries… This series has it all. Hugely entertaining.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series. I am a Karin Slaughter fan!
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Red Blood Yellow Skin by Linda L. T. Baer.
This is a young woman’s memoir of growing up in war-torn Vietnam – a humble story about an ordinary girl and an account of ordinary people’s survival during some twenty years of war. An incredibly powerful story. I also found this book uplifting. (If you’d like to read my full review you can find it on Goodreads or my blog.)
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
LaRose by Louise Erdrich. This is one of my favourites this year. Erdrich is an acclaimed, surprising author. She writes about the Native American experience. There is a scene in this book which will stay imprinted on my mind for a long time. (For those of you who’ve read it – the scene I’m talking about comes towards the end of the book, when Landreaux is walking up the hill towards Peter…)
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
If This is a Man by Primo Levi.
I read this book when I was in my twenties and it will be part of me forever. I feel it’s one which everyone should read.
Thanks Ann. Some really interesting choices here. I love the Will Trent series too and was a huge fan of The Famous Five as a child. Red Blood, Yellow Skin sounds fascinating. I may have to look that one up.
What do you think guys? Any recommendations for Ann to take a look at?
Hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone and that you’ll join me next week for more #booklove.