Blog Tour: Don’t Ask by Paul Carroll

I am really happy to be taking part in the Random Things Blog Tour today

for Don’t Ask by Paul Carroll.


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. 


This book looks at some very deep, dark, and tragic topics that filled me with a lot of sorrow for the characters. It is immensely captivating through the entwined storylines and the back and forth of the timelines as events come to light.

It shows how one small, seemingly inconspicuous action can unravel years of secrets, shame, and scandal. I enjoyed the twists and experiencing each character’s viewpoints and emotions throughout.

Elsa and Chaz particularly stand out for me, both suffering from mental health issues, and how this affected their perceptions, actions, and reality.

This is the kind of book that will stay with you for a long time. Spoiler alert – there is no happy ending, which is what I was hoping for as I read. But, I feel that by not making things better, or working things out between the families, makes it so much more real and impactful.


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 including Boddingtons, Heineken, Thorntons Chocolate, Chicago Town Pizza, Big D peanuts, Co-op Funerals and Manchester 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).

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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