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. We’ve taken a look at all of the Preview reviews, and the verdict is in: readers absolutely love this book! Preview reviewers have described The Sunday Girl as thrilling, entertaining, and impossible to put down, with a cast of strong characters and an engaging, interesting storyline. The book received an overall star rating of four – an incredible rating for a debut novel – with many reviewers claiming to have finished the book in one sitting because it is just so ‘utterly addictive’. If this isn’t on your to-be-read list, it certainly should be! Just take a look at these reviews!
‘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
‘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 roller-coaster 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
‘“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
‘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
”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 life-changing. 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