Karen chose to read and review Girl In The Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy
This book introduces you to Bogie McGruder and his daughter Isabella. His company R&B Investigations faces some incidents and Bogie investigates.
With The Girl in Black Pajamas, Chris Birdy has created a mystery that is thrilling and funny at the same time. The Girl in Black Pajamas comprises believable yet pretty special characters, most of them are likeable – even adorable. I had a great time reading – this is a very entertaining and fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, glad to be an invisible part of everything. This is for you if you like a slightly nerdy and thrilling mystery with humorous streaks.
Chris chose to read and review The Girl In The Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy.
The Girl in Black Pajamas is part crime thriller, part mystery, and wholly full-on adventure. It is effectively comprised of two related stories that race along their meandering paths.
The main character, holding the various strands of the story together, is Bogie, a hacker. He flies to his ‘agency’s’ headquarters in Boston to help solve the mystery of why one of their employees was shot and his IT system breached. Joining forces with a convicted felon and his team, Bogie attempts to understand what his enemy has planned before he and his friends become the next targets. Throw in a missing laptop, some suspicious cops, a hacker nemesis and a number of back stories, and the action doesn’t let up. Accompanying Bogie on his trip to Boston is his 4-year-old, genius daughter, Isabella. She aspires to learn the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart-Technique from Kill Bill 2, and keeps Bogie and his colleagues entertained with her witticisms and innocent view of the world. She inadvertently prevents the murder of her father on the flight, but will she be able to do it again?
Holding the fort at home in Florida is Bogie’s pregnant wife, Bailey, who is left to look after a troop of three: her and Bogie’s baby son, Bogie’s elder daughter, Amanda, and Bogie’s granddaughter. This is made harder by the fact that Amanda’s shopaholicism and inability to deal with her infant leads to her husband leaving her and her friends trying to entice her to make porn movies with them. But why is her husband being targeted by his ruthless police colleagues?
Overall, the book’s writing style took a while to get used to, with its frequent changes of point of view and quick jumps from one scene to the next. The action was constant and didn’t let up, jumping from fights between families to car chases to murder attempts between Boston and Florida.
I haven’t read The Girl in White Pajamas, and this may have hampered my ability to warm to the large cast and their complex back stories. But the characters, besides being plentiful, were certainly colourful and the one thing that this book could not be accused of being is boring.
Suraya chose to read and review Girl In The Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy
The Girl in Black Pyjamas
An employee of R&B Investigations is on his way to work. Outside the entrance, an assailant shoots him in the back four times and the search for a laptop begins. Cut to South Florida and a film studio shooting porn movies. Cut to a family having dinner in another location. Here we meet Bogie Gruger and his precocious daughter Isabella who calls him ‘Da-Dee’.
At four years of age she knows how to Google and we find this out because she has just told her father she Googled ‘yawn’. “Google,” she says is “very educational.” Enter Isabella’s younger brother Hankster. Bogie’s wife, Bailey, cleans up after Isabella who has taken a piece of his banana and created havoc with it – typical sibling rivalry.
We then discover Isabella loves Kill Bill2 and is a martial arts expert. Yes, the pyjamas are in fact ‘warrior’ clothes. Isabella has fine swords(man/woman/ship) skills having literally killed a ‘monster’ who was trying to abduct her when she was three years old. Yes, this kid is definitely not the ordinary Dora the Explorer kind of kid.
Back to Boston and we meet Rose, ‘the R and R&B Investigations.’ She has a transgender friend called Coco. Not sure why we needed to know about Coco and that she or (he?) was transgender. Keeping up with all the characters is something of a challenge.
Rose goes to the office and disconnects the modems because she does not want the authorities to find out their main business is computer hacking. The laptop Tommie was carrying is key and the search is on for it.
Isabella is amazingly clever for a four year old and pops in and out of the story, showing off her computer skills, her Bokken sword skills, her frame-by-frame knowledge of Kill Bill2. She sure has plenty to say in between viewings and practising her Kung Fu moves.
There are complicated relationships such as the one between Bogie and Bailey and Bogie’s former wife Olga to navigate as well.
The plot is complex but it all comes together in the end.