Don’t Ask by Paul Carroll

The Blurb

A DNA ancestry test opens up a Pandora’s Box of secrets. 

When Elsa Watson takes a DNA ancestry test out of idle curiosity she little imagines the devastating consequences she is about to unleash. 
Two families become reluctantly entwined as inconvenient truths and long suppressed memories resurface. 
A #whodunnit with a difference, Don’t Ask visits the glam rock Seventies, Britpop, Operation Yewtree and #metoo within its alternating past and present chapter structure.

Don’t Ask explores the true meaning of family and the wisdom of raking up the past.

Thinking of taking an ancestry test?   Be careful what you wish for.  

The Author
Paul Carroll has
 been drawn to ink and the written word since launching a rock fanzine in his late teens.

 Born and bred in Leeds, Paul crossed the Pennines in the mid-70s to study English Language and English Literature at the University of Manchester.  

 Chasing a job in journalism he stumbled into the world of PR and ten years after starting his career set up his own PR consultancy, Communique PR, in Manchester.

 There he worked on many well-known brands includingBoddingtons, Heineken, Thorntons Chocolate, Chicago Town Pizza, Big D peanuts, Co-op Funerals andManchester Airport.

 These days, Paul concentrates on his writing.

 Paul’s books are full of dark humour and satirical takes.His writing has been compared to that of Ben Elton, Nick Hornby and Jonathan Coe in tackling serious contemporary issues in a highly engaging and entertaining way. 

Don’t Ask (Matador 2021) is Paul Carroll’s fourth novel, following A Matter of Life and Death (Matador, 2012), Written Off (Matador, 2016), and Trouble Brewing(Matador, 2017). 

The Review

This is a what happens when type of book. A book that says here is one small action and what exactly are the repercussions? Who is affected and how?

A glam rock rock band are living the high life in this eminently readable and believable story.

I read it and quite honestly, I nodded in recognition. There will be many women who could read this and understand so well the feelings of self blame. This is written very well.

The book flows extremely well and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for the advanced reading copy of this book to Anne Cater, the Author and publisher.


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Hi and welcome to my new blog. I’m reading and reviewing the books I read, after a long break I realised just how much I missed reviewing. I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood and I don’t imagine that changing. 
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