I am on another wonderful Random Things blog tour organised by Anne Carter. The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale is a thrilling new novel full of mystery and suspense…
The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …
“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.
Official blurb for The Sunday Girl
If you’re looking for a next thrilling read where you’re not sure where to turn, this book is for you. The Sunday Girl turns crime on its head where the reader ends up rooting for the criminal, in a way. Taylor is an interesting character. Is she a hero vigilante or is she just hurt and obsessive? Mind games start to play out with every page leading you deeper into this tale of revenge.
When I hear of revenge stories, I think of The Count of Monte Cristo (A. Dumas). It’s a very old revenge tale with a moral umbrella over it. What I liked about The Sunday Girl was that all morals get thrown out the window and a hell-bent fixation on revenge is the key goal. This was an interesting narrative to follow as the reader is routing for the anti-hero, who is also represented as the hero- hereby toying back and forth with the reader’s psyche. I enjoyed this style as it creates a suspenseful and climactic story you will be racing to get to the end of.
Drysdale has a unique story-telling voice; just when you think you’ve heard every crime story, Drysdale spins the victim scale right around and creates the perfect thriller story whilst also forcing a new perspective on crime novels in general. The stories I love the most are the ones that just keep on giving twist after twist, keeping the reader hanging on by a thread before another heart-pounding scene takes place.
The characters are intriguing as they’re complex and you never know what to expect. This novel is unpredictable, you won’t be able to guess what’s coming. Drysdale brings to life the characters and I enjoyed her writing style as it made me connect with them quickly. The story itself is what makes the book though. I couldn’t put it down!
If you are a fan of crime, you HAVE to read this book. As always, there’s no spoilers in this review but I hope I have convinced you to read this book! A thrilling and heart-racing story from cover to cover.
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.
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Happy reading! Lx
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