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The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale Preview Reviews

September 14, 2018

Our first ever Better Reading Preview title was The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale – a chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong, and Taylor Bishop’s pursuit to destroy the man responsible. Interested in what people had to say about this thrilling revenge novel? Take a look at our Preview reviews:

‘I was so excited to read this book but unfortunately I have to be honest and say that I didn’t really love it. This may be attributed to the fact that I had high expectations given it’s comparison to two books that I loved but I also think it was because I just couldn’t really warm to the main character. I found Taylor’s actions throughout to be very cliché and predictable and I often found myself angry at her for the way she was handling situations with other characters as opposed to really wanting to get behind her as she pulled off her revenge. Another issue I had was that I had so many unanswered questions given the plot seemed to jump around and things that I felt needed further explanation were often left open-ended. The main thing that kept me reading was the knowledge that there was surely a big twist coming up but unfortunately, when it arrived, I didn’t find it that shocking and if anything it was so late in the book that the ending was rushed right at the point of the book that could have been the most interesting. Overall I personally didn’t like this one but this sometimes happens and definitely doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it so I encourage everyone to definitely give it a chance!’ – Amanda, VIC

‘A very entertaining book with a prose that flows and a pace that kept me turning the pages. I read it in three sittings – I just needed to know how it ended. Indeed, ‘War is a grave affair of state, it is a place of life and death , a road to survival and extinction, a matter to be pondered carefully.’ – Aida, NSW

‘“Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” no truer saying, The Sunday Girl is a excellent book written by Pip Drysdale,Taylor Bishop is in a relationship with Angus Hollingsworth, Taylor gets hurt badly by Angus and she sets out to hurt and destroy him ( no spoilers ) she appears to have a good plan of revenge except it backfires on her, readers will find it hard to put this book down excellent.’ – Deborah, NSW

‘Thanks to Better Reading and Simon and Schuster, I was lucky to preview and review Pip Drysdale’s debut book “The Sunday Girl”. I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down, I just wanted to see what happens next. A story of Taylor Bishop who is on a path to destroy her horrible ex boyfriend, Angus Hollingsworth after he cheated on her, treated her violently and released a sex tape of her. Some scenes in the book may be too much for some people but I think for the story to be as good as it was it needed the full intense details of the situations Taylor got herself into. She was truly on a path of destruction and really struggled to overcome this before it all became too late. Id highly recommend “The Sunday Girl”. It has a good story line and enough twists involved to make it become a “can’t put down” novel. Well done to Pip Drysdale on her debut novel and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.’ – Kristy, VIC

‘“The Sunday Girl” hooked me in from the start and I ended up reading it in less than 24 hours. It has an interesting cast of flawed characters, some very sexy scenes, some great plot twists, and enough little baits at the end of each chapter to keep me intrigued and thinking ‘just one more chapter’. Although she makes some dubious decisions, I did empathise with the main character Taylor, and I ended up liking her and wanting the best for her. I enjoyed the clever “Art of War” references, and thought the underlying theme is an important one for women in 2018. There are no dull or slow parts, just a fast paced, modern thriller. “The Sunday Girl” would be a great holiday read – engaging, interesting and entertaining right to the very end.’ – Sarah, QLD

‘The Sunday Girl is the story of Taylor, who seeks revenge on her ex after he posts a sex tape online. Armed with a copy of The Art of War, she begins her plot to destroy him. Despite this, Taylor was strangely likeable. You could almost understandable how she came to find herself in this position and empathise with her. Utterly addictive, and filled with twists and turns I didn’t see coming (and some I did). It was easy to be sucked into Taylor and Angus’s twisted world. An impressive debut, and an author I will be keen to follow from this point forward.’ – Tanya, WA

‘The Sunday Girl is a fast paced exciting tale of a romance that appears normal but turns out to be anything but! I loathed to put the book down, it’s one of those stories that takes many twists that makes you want to see where it goes to next. Dramatic and suspense filled.’ – Lisa, QLD

‘I throughly enjoyed this book. It had the right amount of twists and turns to be enjoyable and not confusing. A really good page turner! Perfect for fans of Gone Girl.’ – Amy, VIC

‘Well, I can finally catch my breathe! I have finished ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’!. What a ride! I was on the edge of my seat, as I read Taylor’s account of a abusive relationship that was heading south, and quickly! In this day and age, where this is a highlight on domestic violence, this book is very relevant and I believe gives an insight into what a person experiences in these situations. The suspense of how Taylor would try and escape the clutches of Angus. The frustration of her loyal friend, trying to encourage her to leave a dangerous relationship. All very real and I got caught up in the fear, sadness, frustration and suspense of it all. This is a cautionary tale of a relationship that is dysfunctional and the consequences of such a relationship. I can’t say anymore as I don’t want to give anything away. But well worth the read.’ – Dayna, WA

‘Books with ‘Girl’ in the title seem all the range at the moment. ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Girl on the Train,’ ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring.’ It’s almost a genre in itself. I am drawn to reading books with ‘Girl’ in the title. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s because I am one or maybe it’s simply because these books are well written stories that keep you interested until the end. The ‘Sunday Girl’ is one of those. I read it quickly; unable to put it down even though at times my stomach was in knots. ‘Sunday Girl’ is about Taylor Bishop and her relationship with Angus Hollingsworth and is set in London. Taylor has always been, ‘the good girl. The amicable, pliable, understanding girl.’ Angus, on the other hand, has the outward appearance of someone you could take home to meet your parents, but, as we discover, he has a dark and dangerous side that Taylor must some how extricate herself from. It starts out with Taylor looking for revenge but as it goes along, the situation becomes much more complicated. Taylor’s reputation, her job and even her life could be in danger. At times I felt frustrated by Taylor’s actions, which seemed to make matters worse. Her character’s back-story goes some way to explaining her choices. I couldn’t help thinking of the current climate and #metoo movement and so wanted her to come out on top. The book is written retrospectively, from Taylor’s point of view in chronological order. Each chapter heading is a day of the week followed by a quote from, ‘The Book of War,’ hinting at what would be coming next. This is a battlefield between a girl and a boy with the end result in doubt right to the finish.’ – Deb, VIC

‘I admit, when I first started reading ‘The Sunday Girl’ by Pip Drysdale, I thought it would be just your standard chick-lit novel . Light, fluffy, predictable. This book is none of these things. It’s the story of Taylor Bishop, who has been betrayed by her boyfriend, Angus, and decides to exact her revenge upon him. However, things don’t work out quite as smoothly as Taylor had planned, and what follows is a gripping rollercoaster ride of a story. I found myself having a wide range of emotional responses to the story as it developed – groaning with annoyance at some of Taylor’s decisions, mentally cheering her on for others. At times, the emotional involvement I felt forced me to put the book down, just to allow myself time to catch my breath and process how the story twisted and turned. It was exciting, darkly humorous, and at times disturbing, and I loved it.’ – Lisa, WA

”The Sunday Girl’ by Pip Drysdale is an entertaining page-turner which will appeal to anyone seeking a dose of sassy escapism. Drysdale’s writing is wry and descriptive, and unflinchingly depicts the ways in which a toxic relationship can poison all facets of life. One of the most unsettling aspects of this novel is its realism in exploring just how quickly a few minor decisions can snowball into something potentially lifechanging. Of particular note is Drysdale’s exploration of the pervasive role of technology in shaping the tone and tenor of a relationship breakdown. This truly is a problem of the modern era and there are not many writers who have managed to convey the dangerous potential of these technologies quite as effectively as Drysdale. Although her characters sometimes seem to be painted with fairly broad brushstrokes, they are memorable, and their actions are convincing. ‘The Sunday Girl’ is a novel which will appeal to many readers, especially as its themes of love, loyalty, abuse and betrayal provide perfect discussion material for book clubs.’ – Claire, QLD

”The Sunday Girl’ is the story of Taylor Bishop; A girl who descends upon a journey of revenge against her ex boyfriend after she discovers he posted a sex tape of her online. I enjoyed this all too consuming, page turning debut chic lit thriller by Pip Drysdale. It is a captivating story of suspense, gullibility and the things we do for love. A daring portrayal, tug of war style, of morals and deception. A satisfying read, which highlights how we can be blindsided by perceptions.’ – Rebecca, TAS

‘I’ve been lucky to read more thrillers and crime fiction with a strong female lead this year, and I must say that The Sunday Girl is right up my alley. Taylor, also known as The Sunday Girl to her ex-boyfriend, discovered that a leaked sex tape of hers was in circulation online. This discovery and the desire to destroy all incriminating evidence led to even more deep secrets of the said ex-boyfriend. Written in Taylor’s voice, the story alternates between the present and past recollections of her memories with him. Has he always shown an abusive nature? Was he often a control freak? This one had a slow build-up to the best bits, but definitely gets better as it gets on. Each chapter of this book was tied back to one of Sun Tzu’s Art of War tactics, which I personally liked, and thought was a nice touch. If you love thrillers and crime fiction featuring a strong female character, you will enjoy this book like I did. Overall, a delightful debut piece by Pip Drysdale. I urge you to add this book to your #toberead pile pronto. Thoroughly readable. Definitely recommended! ❤’ – Yani, WA

‘This book is an intriguing look at a deeply intense and volatile relationship and all the consequences that come with that. It jumps straight to the point and immerses the reader into the story from the beginning. Taylor is a character that represents many women in a similar situation and the book explores the idea of each action having consequences, even if those consequences are not immediately apparent. The polarising characters of Angus and David provide an insight into the different men that are out there and that how one man treats you is not indicative of the whole gender, and explores the complexity of relationships, not everything that seems black and white is so straightforward. This book draws on your emotions and at times make you ache for the central character and the situation she is in, and yet comes together with a feeling of strength within a person and shows just how far some people have to go to protect themselves.’ – Kate, SA

‘The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale is not the kind of novel I usually read. In fact I struggled through the first couple of pages. But then I became interested in the story and found myself really enjoying it. In fact I read it in three nights. This is a story of revenge. Taylor Bishop does not like how her boyfriend Angus Hollingsworth has treated her and so decides to pay him back. Surely her plan for revenge is foolproof. If only Angus didn’t have his own plans for revenge as well. This book is funny at times, a bit racy at times and very confronting at times. Pip Drysdale has managed to create a character in Taylor Bishop that is a combination of Bridget Jones and a General at War planning the defeat of their enemy. There are enough twists and turns in this story to keep you interested until the final dramatic conclusion. The Sunday Girl will have you thinking about the characters and their stories long after you have put the book down.’ – Robyn, VIC

‘Thought this book was brilliant had alot of combinations of a lot of different books I’ve read such as I go to sleep girl on the train and a clean version of the 50 shades series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book found myself wanting to continue to read it to the end I put it down for a short period of time then found myself picking it up and I read it to the end.’ – Louise, NSW

‘Imagine the person you trusted the most betrayed you. How would you react? Pip Drysdale’s The Sunday Girl provides an answer to this very question. Taylor’s ex has betrayed her in the worst possible way. So much so, she feels compelled to exact revenge. As the story develops, like dominos, the choices Taylor makes drags her – and the reader – deeper into the twisted web that is revenge. Anything dealing with domestic violence can be confronting. This is no exception. While there is less physical violence, the emotional manipulation perpetrated by Angus reminds us that psychological abuse can be just as harmful. Not all battered spouses carry bruises. Well written and well paced, ultimately, The Sunday Girl challenges the reader to consider some challenging topics while providing an ending that leaves you questioning whether some things are best left alone.’ – Amy, QLD

‘I enjoyed The Sunday Girl more than I expected, mostly because it was fast paced and there was always something happening. Probably a little too much of the small details, but I think that made the character more real and relatable. I found myself willing the protagonist along, wanting her to so desperately make the right choices, but ughhh her indecisiveness irked me (that’s a good thing). I look forward to reading more by Pip.’ – Hanadi, NSW

‘Love, lust, sex, drugs, betrayal, revenge, not everything is what it seems to be. The new gripping novel from Pip Drysdale Sunday girl. Taylor thought she had found her true love, the one she would spend the rest of her life with until she found out her ‘Mr Prefect’ Angus was anything but. After being dumped and betrayed by the love of her life Taylor starts planning her revenge. She thought her plan was safe but things quickly get out of control and the manipulative and cunning Angus is always one step ahead. No one knew the truth about their relationship and if they did would it make things worse for Taylor It seemed no matter what Taylor does she cannot escape the grip of Angus hold over her who forces her back into his life only to betray her again. There was no way out of this not so prefect relationship or was there? Sunday girl is the compelling new novel and written in a superb manner that makes you feel like you are living every moment of lust, love, terror and revenge with Taylor. Not knowing what she will do next to try and escape the love she once thought was all she needed in her life.’ – Kylie, NSW

‘Pip Drysdale’s debut novel “The Sunday Girl” is a powerful insight into the mind and actions of a victim of domestic violence and revenge porn. Drysdale’s main character, Taylor Bishop, is broken but not beaten and seeking revenge on her abusive ex, but still confused about her feelings for him. The character evokes sympathy from the reader, and many can probably relate to the situation Taylor is in. But she also can frustrate the reader, as there are times you want to yell at her to move on and not dig deeper into the mess she is creating. As Taylor exacts her revenge on Angus Hollingsworth others get caught in the crossfire and you question whether “Is it really all worth it?”. The ending will cause debate among readers and will challenge the individual’s belief in what justice is. Considering the discussion on domestic violence today I would encourage all young women to read this book as it may help them to identify any warnings signs in their own relationship and hopefully therefore not end up on a path similar to that of Taylor Bishop.’ – Tamara, SA

‘This is a solid book by a debut writer. Its an action-packed fast-paced thriller. Angus is a convincing villan and Taylor’s way of dealing with him is inventive. The plot is plausible and well developed. It is a fun book to read however there is little character development which would assist in providing the reader more of a connection with the characters. The author set the book in the UK but you can tell that the author is not from the UK. Again, a solid debut but future books would benefit from character development and a bit more to the story rather than just a fun romp.’ – Brenda, NSW

‘Pip Drysdale takes her readers on one woman’s emotional journey into the depths of domestic violence in the twenty first century. The first-person narration allows an intimate connection to protagonist Taylor, where we cross the boundary from rationality to the criminal, furious and revengeful corner of her inner consciousness. Faced with such an invasion of privacy, there is nowhere to hide for Taylor and it is this vulnerability that Drysdale brings to the forefront in her novel. The intertextual reference to The Art of War frames the direction of Taylor’s internal struggle where her journey in love becomes a battlefield and is pushed too far. Revenge looks different from everyone’s perspective, but for a moment we get to indulge in the fantasy of payback at its most extreme. The thematic content is dark, yet the linguistic composition carries the reader along to keep it light. It is a little bit Gone Girl with the flavour of Marian Keyes and an easy, enjoyable and sinfully satisfying read.’ – Angela, VIC

‘The Sunday Girl is a story of love and revenge. If you loved The Girl on the Train, you will love this book as well. Pip Drysdale is one of those authors who make you feel that you are in the story – she takes you through all the highs and lows of the main character, Taylor Bishop, as she navigates through the love and heartbreak of her affair with her boyfriend Angus Hollingsworth. Also, the book shows the love, strength and support that only a loving friend can provide when one can’t confide in close family members. Sometimes our dear friends are the ones who can see through the facade when we are too infatuated to see faults in those we love. In this story Taylor has a couple of ‘therapy’ sessions with a client from her work and an acquaintance. They leave her confused and not sure of the right path to follow. Will she end up with the man of her dreams? Will she be haunted forever by the events that have shaped her life? An intriguing story of love, drugs, revenge, death – read it – you won’t be sorry.’ – Annette, QLD

‘This fast-paced novel can best be described as a rollercoaster ride, navigating the perils of the modern dating scene. Drysdale takes the reader through a snapshot in time with Taylor, the unsuspecting challenger to a monster hell-bent on destroying her. We meet Taylor amid a breakup with Angus who has unceremoniously shared an intimate moment between them on the internet in an act of rage. Taylor is navigating the social and emotional fall-out as best she can, whilst devising a plot for her own sweet revenge. Little does she know there is more to come. The reader immediately feels empathy for Taylor as a victim of a hideous crime as well as developing a deep dislike for Angus. Drysdale slowly unravels that there is plenty more to the story and implores readers not to choose a side too hastily. Drysdale cleverly draws the reader in with a fictional tale that could realistically happen to anybody in the modern-day digital world. Her edgy writing style and ability to relate with the younger audience makes for a gripping read that keeps you guessing right to the very end.’ – Kasey, QLD

‘Love can be intoxicating, and when that love and devotion is taken advantage of, you can be driven seek revenge. Pip Drysdale’s ‘The Sunday Girl is a tale of love gone horribly awry. Angus Hollingsworth fiancée of Taylor Bishop, is so loving that he takes advantage of her in the most degrading and public of ways., making her private life spill into her work life. What’s a girl to do? Play nice, or cleverly plan here escape and thus her revenge. A romantics with a thriller twist. If you liked the movie ‘Double Jepoardy’, you’ll enjoy this. A good weekend read.’ – Jo, WA

‘Have you ever poured your heart out to a journal? Made plans? Lists? Said how you really feel, between the pages of a private notebook. What if the main subject of your note book got to have a read, after they have broken your heart. If you are looking for a page turner, The Sunday Girl is for you. What starts off as a glamorous love affair between Taylor and Angus descends into what can only be described as a simmering, vengeful war. With excerpts of their relationship cut with quotes from Master Sun Tzus’, The Art of War, the pace at which civility unravels is frantic. This is one you won’t be able to put down until you know who wins. Master Sun said: ‘Be ready for the unexpected.” – Kirsty, WA

‘The Sunday Girl is a psychological page turner which will keep you reading till the early hours of the morning. Drysdale has acutely portrayed the break down of a modern day relationship and how easy it is to make the wrong decisions. If you enjoy books such as Gone Girl and The Last Mrs Parrish, The Sunday Girl should be next on your TBR pile. You will not be disappointed.’ – Mel, NSW

‘I love psychological thrillers and took a chance on reviewing this book with subject matter that I knew would make me uncomfortable plus it’s by an author unknown to me. One now I greatly admire and respect! I read this book in 2 sittings as it’s hard to put down, you are on the edge of your seat, you gasp out loud, you are on their rollercoaster ride and you can’t wait to see what unfolds next! The theme is very now, very today and anyone with a social media account will be mesmerised. The characters are strong, unpredictable and predictable. They do things you wouldn’t do yourself, or dare do, in the same situation. Pip’s writing is fast paced and pulsates comedy, angst, reality, sheer terror and hurt. My reaction to this book is WOW, some psychological thrillers are lengthy, drawn out with many characters, this is fast, snappy paced with several strong characters who hold their own. My favourite character is Ed, he seems to be their subconscious, just lurking in the background silently watching everything unfold and they know he’s there watching. Both main characters love and trust him. I loved The Sunday Girl and highly recommended it!’ – Penny, NSW

‘If your kids have social media and partners, you need to gift this to them. The book touches on how the young have no control over their actions of posting things and some of their actions and are very controlled in other aspects of their lives. Trust is explored and what happens when that trust is broken. I get its a revenge story but some thought needs to be given to Angus’s mother, no matter what he did, he was her son. The book is fascinating and leaves you wanting to rush through it to see their next moves, at the ends of some chapters are little reminders of whats happened previously, which is very useful. Love the touches of corporate espionage. This book is a starter kit for anyone who wanted to be a stalker. Looking forward to the movie/mini series.’ – Simon, NSW

‘“The Sunday Girl”, by Pip Drysdale, is a captivating and enticing read. Taylor, the central character, quickly draws the reader into her world, a world that incorporates both the mundane and the terrifying. The book revolves around Taylor’s decision to rekindle her relationship with her boyfriend, Angus, and the repercussions of this decision. Taylor’s narration leads the reader through the daily events of her life, systematically building the tension and holding the reader in a vice-like grip. The format of the book, with each chapter simply being headed by a day of the week, adds to the tension, highlighting the stark contrast between the events in Taylor’s world and the oblivious continuation of day-to-day life for those around her. The one element of the book that bothers me is the use of the tag line, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. While the concept of revenge is central to the book, I feel that describing Taylor as “a woman scorned” minimises some particularly disturbing elements of the book. This point, however, does not detract from the sheer thrill of reading this novel. It is a “thriller” in every sense of the word and one that I wholeheartedly recommend.’ – Alison, QLD

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