Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Pip Drysdale’s The Sunday Girl
“Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped understands what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge.
Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and determined 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.”
Angus Hollingsworth seems like the perfect man at first – romantic, attentive and caring. Until he shows his true colours, and Taylor realises that the man she was so in love with is a dangerous and controlling, manipulator.
When she discovers that he has uploaded asordid sex tape of her to the internet, she decides that she needs to get her own back. What follows is a chilling tale of revenge, and a game of tit for tat that gets increasingly deadly.
I usually break down what I like and dislike about a book, but I’m not going to do that with The Sunday Girl because there wasn’t really anything that I didn’t like.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed everything about it, from the characters, to the plot, especially the ending. It is so well written. Pip Drysdale has done a great job of creating a tense, dark and suspenseful thriller.
The characters are really well written too. Angus is charming and charismatic one moment, manipulative, cunning and dangerous the next. His character is unpredictable, which adds to the tension in the story. We are never quite sure just what he is capable of, or how far he will go when it comes to controlling Taylor. He’s the perfect villain, completely impossible to trust, and capable of doing terrible things.
Taylor herself is an interesting character. She is a bit lost, and unsure of herself without Angus. Despite how he treats her, and despite discovering things such as the sex tapes, the prostitutes, and the fact that he took his ex on their holiday, she still loves him and is easily persuaded to take him back. She is a victim of his. She is constantly on edge around him, afraid of making him angry. Even when she becomes aware of how dangerous the relationship is, she finds it almost impossible to leave.
I found this book captivating, and it was so hard to put down. The relationship between Taylor and Angus was full of tension, and the story had enough twists to keep me intrigued the whole way through.
It is a perfect thriller, dark and edgy, a real edge-of-your-seat page turner, and a very impressive debut novel, recommended to anyone who loves a twisty story that can put a knot in your stomach right to the last page.
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 and she is working on a second. She currently lives in Australia.
Thanks to Anne Cater and Simon & Schuster for inviting me to join the book tour for The Sunday Girl and for providing my copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.