Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Review: The Sunday Girl - Pip Drysdale

The Sunday Girl
by Pip Drysdale
Published May 19, 2020 by Sourcebooks

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.

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5 Stars
Creepy, engaging, and impossible to put down. Pip Drysdale's The Sunday Girl is the revenge you always wish the girls in the books with the bad boyfriends would take, yet it isn't at all as simple as one would like to think. Taylor Bishop is more than hurt by the end of her relationship, her world has tilted off its axis and with it some of her sanity. Desperate to hurt him in a way that damages him as much as he has done to her she begins to take the steps to ruin him. Reputation, money, career, nothing is off the table, but Angus Hollingsworth isn't just a bad boyfriend he's far worse than Taylor even knows. Nothing is off the table as the two start a terrifying battle of wits, one that puts both of their lives into jeopardy with only one winner guaranteed.

I went into The Sunday Girl blind and I am so glad I did, there is nothing more satisfying than reading a novel with a good girl narrator who has slowly and insidiously had darkness poured into her. I had no idea the part that The Art of War would play, no clue the abuse she had taken, and absolutely no hint as to the steps both she and her ex would take to tear one another apart. This isn't just a story of a jilted lover, this is a woman whose life has been taken apart piece by piece and her ex won't let her even get a step up on him, no he has plans to take those puzzle pieces and scatter them, leaving it impossible to put back together.

Taylor seems to be brave, but it is clear she was once a meek girl with no self-confidence that landed a relationship with a man she thought far superior to herself. I really enjoyed the breaks from the warfare to see who Taylor really was and could be without the narcissistic Angus pulling her strings. It is only through some brutal psychological abuse that she drops her sweet side for a mask made of armor. The Sunday Girl isn't all domestic drama though, no things spill over into their careers, their friendships, and their romantic dalliances. No one is spared and it is hard to imagine how life could possibly move forward after the events in this novel.

The Sunday Girl held my attention from start to finish, I could not put it down. It was just twisted enough, just girl power enough, and just unique enough that I could not predict what would happen next. If you love psychological thrillers, this is the next book to pick up. For Book Club fans, there are some excellent guided questions in the back of this novel.

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