"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."
Taylor Bishop is miserable after her breakup with her boyfriend, Angus, but that's nothing compared with how she feels when she discovers that he has posted a sex tape of her online, with her full name attached. When Taylor happens across a copy of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, she decides to channel her hurt into anger. Angus will pay for what he has done to her.
The Sunday Girl is the debut novel of writer Pip Drysdale, who lives in London where the story is based. It's a psychological thriller and should come with a trigger warning for anyone who has experienced an abusive relationship. It's not exactly a spoiler to say that Angus is not a nice guy, but he fools Taylor for long enough that she is heavily invested in the relationship, and she is at first reluctant, then finally afraid to leave him. The tension ratchets up pretty quickly as Taylor's early attempts at revenge begin to seem like a very bad idea. Without wishing to spoil the plot, The Sunday Girl also contains some useful warnings or reminders about exercising caution with the use of technology.
The Sunday Girl is quite a page-turner, which will keep you guessing until the end. If you like this one you'll probably enjoy JP Delaney's The Girl Before or The Mistake by KL Slater.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Simon and Schuster, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: September 1, 2018