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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BLOG BLITZ: London Noir by Ann Girdharry @girdharryann @rararesources

London Noir
(Kal Medi #2)
by Ann Girdharry
Chassagnard Publishing


About the Book:

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, Kall helps Sophie, 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?

 Available on Kindle and in Paperback (free on Kindle Unlimited NOW)

About the Author:

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.

She is also author of Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Short Reads.

My Review:

As a second in a series book, I wish I had followed my normal rule of reading series in order.  I seem to be veering from this rule a lot lately and finding myself frustrated in the process.  There were definitely moments where I felt reading the first in the series, Good Girl Bad Girl, would've helped answered some questions that weren't answered in this book.  How exactly did Marty end up in the hospital?  How did Kal end up so "different" and part of the London cartel?  While I applaud the author for not wasting numerous pages reflecting on these as I typically don't like that when I read a series in order... it would've been helpful here since I broke my own rule - again, my own fault!  It didn't take away too much away from my reading of this one but I would suggest that if you want to pick this thriller up, that you start with the first book.

During the first few chapters I was a bit confused of Kal's motivation.  Why would she go out of her way to put herself in danger to help Sophie?  She barely knew her and did the good deed by taking her where she wanted to go - regardless if it wasn't the "safest" of places.  Her instant reaction to putting herself in danger numerous times for not so reasonable reasons kept me scratching my head.  Once I decided to just suspend that part of it, I became engaged in the story.  This book is action packed, suspenseful and fast paced. All things I love in a good thriller.  

The writing was easy to read though I did feel sometimes the dialogue became a bit stunted and lacked in consistency.  "I like you."  "I like you too."  However, I will say that it did read easier as the story progressed.

One thing I do love is that you can tell the author used her experience as a psychotherapist throughout the novel.  It was apparent in how Sophie was portrayed, reactions to medications and how a clinic was well represented.  I can fully appreciate everything she did with all of these things.

Overall a great thriller - I may need to get book one to get more knowledge on the background of some of the characters which I think will make things make a tad more sense with the main character, Kal, and why she did things the way that she did.  

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