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Publication date June 2019/ Publisher Simon & Schuster
The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …
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 consulted The Art of War and made a plan. Then she took the next step – one that would change her life forever.
I’m always amazed by the lengths people will go to to hold onto an abusive relationship. Their capacity for forgiveness far surpasses my own.
The Sunday Girl is written solely about the relationship between Taylor and Angus, beginning with their sudden break-up and taking us through the events before and afterward.
We know from the outset that Taylor has done something, the story opens with her considering what she could have done differently.
Each chapter is tied together with a quote from ‘The Art of War’ giving the book a pertinent theme of battle. What transpires is a tense fight to the bitter end, each party inflicting suffering on the other with increasingly diabolical outcome.
I didn’t connect very well with Taylor, her retaliation ranged from petty to absurd and her desperation to find change in Angus bordered on pathetic. I much preferred her clear headed friend Charlotte, but that’s always my take on these type of novels.
Angus was just repulsive, I thought his excuses weak and couldn’t really find a reason for Taylor to have fallen for him in the first place, especially given his cheesy pick up lines.
The Sunday Girl is rather like looking at a car crash. You know you shouldn’t but you cant help but try to see what’s happening.
At times I was holding my breath in fear for Taylor and the dangerous trap Angus had created.
I finished this read in one day, written from Taylor’s POV in both past and present tense whilst jumping between timelines, The Sunday Girl continued at a good pace and held my interest. Its horrifying to think how realistic stories like this are.
I received a copy of The Sunday Girl in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater