New Release Book Review: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

The Sunday Girl…

About the Book:

‘Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.’

Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge.

Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’

So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever.

Things start to spiral out of her control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.

My Thoughts:

The Sunday Girl really took me by surprise. What begins as a payback for some revenge porn posted online quickly morphs into a situation that is so much more perilous than I could have envisaged. I was gripped by this novel, its open and easy to read narrative saw me devouring it within one, albeit late, night.

Told in the first person, in a sort of hindsight storytelling style, I really found The Sunday Girl incredibly absorbing. We know that something has happened to Taylor, but the what of it we are yet to uncover, and we’re also not sure on where this story is coming from. Is it a confession to the police? A cautionary tale of hindsight? Is she dead and are we reading a journal? I loved this unknown aspect of the story. The pacing is rapid, there are no blank spots in this novel, nor is it too busy. The suspense builds as the novel progresses and the fear that Taylor experiences, along with the dread of not knowing what Angus was going to come up with next, was on point from beginning to end.

Taylor Bishop was a character I had a lot of empathy for, and unlike many thrillers I’ve read in the past, she was not at all unlikeable. She was a regular young woman who had friends and was good at her job; she wasn’t sketchy or unreliable, nor was she cold blooded in her intentions towards Angus. Her plan for revenge was more about taking a stand, and later, her actions were all about survival. She’d just had the misfortune of being targeted by a master manipulator. And Angus Hollingsworth really was a piece of work. A very scary fellow who knew exactly what he was doing every step of the way as he laid down the path to Taylor’s destruction, likely right from their very first meeting. He chose Taylor, for a specific purpose, but fortunately, he did underestimate her pliability and considered her a shade more naïve than what she really was. The cat and mouse game that unfolded between these two was deadly in its intent and gripping in its execution.

I highly recommend The Sunday Girl far and wide if you are after a suspenseful read with a plausible storyline that will keep you guessing right up until the end.


Thanks is extended to Simon and Schuster Australia via NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Sunday Girl for review.

About the Author:

Pip Drysdale is a writer, actor and musician who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-off Broadway theatre, started writing songs and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she dated some interesting men and played shows across Europe. The Sunday Girl is her first novel.

The Sunday Girl
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia
Released on 23rd August 2018
Available in Paperback and eBook

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