Saturday, May 23, 2020

Review: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

Title: The Sunday Girl
Author: Pip Drysdale
Published: May 2020, Sourcesbook Landmark
Format: ARC E-copy, 288 pages
Source: Netgalley

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: This is the debut novel from Pip Drysdale and what a fun, thrilling read it was. Who doesn't love a good revenge plot? All I know is that I devoured this book, needing to know how it was going to play out and boy did it keep me on my toes!

I loved that this book took your typical revenge story and turned it upside down. It's not just girl gets dumped by boy and therefore decides to take her anger out by exacting revenge. That's where Drysdale takes this a step further by introducing a most delicious cat and mouse game between Taylor and Angus. It makes it so that you aren't sure which way things will go, keeping you completely glued to the pages.

Taylor is for the most part a likeable character and you really do find yourself feeling sorry for the situation that she finds herself in. There were plenty of times that I found myself questioning her actions, but I never once felt she was unreliable...I trusted her the whole time and wanted her to come out on top. Angus, on the other hand, was the most despicable character and his actions were just awful. I kept thinking this is what a psychopath is she not seeing this? But, this is what domestic abuse is all about...the victim doesn't ever see it, right?

I loved that Taylor was using The Art of War as her guide for exacting revenge but unfortunately Angus always seemed to be a few steps ahead of her. Drysdale manages to turn the classic cat and mouse game on it's head and you aren't quite sure who is the cat and who is the mouse.

I really enjoyed this book and loved the way it was written. It kept me engaged from start to finish and I had a hard time putting this one down. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves psychological thrillers. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this talented author!


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