The Next Girl

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Pub Date 30 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 07 Nov 2022
Simon & Schuster (Australia), Simon & Schuster Australia

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Promising Young Woman meets High Fidelity in the dark and twisty new thriller from the bestselling author of The Sunday Girl, The Strangers We Know and The Paris Affair.

A bad day at work. A drunken night. A rogue Instagram follow. That’s all it takes to ruin a life …

The question is, whose life will be ruined? When Billie wakes up in a strange guy’s bed, her first thought is: what happened last night? She can't even remember meeting him. And how the hell did she get to Coney Island?

Then reality bites and the memories flood in – the reason she was in that bar, drinking to start with: today she's going to get fired. Because yesterday her law firm lost a big case: Samuel Grange v Jane Delaney. And it looked like it was her fault.

It wasn't. Yet now Samuel Grange is free to drive off into the sunset in his stupid Porsche and do it all again to another woman. And all Billie can think is: What about the next girl? And the one after that? But there is nothing she can do to stop him.

Unless ... She could expose the truth about him on her own. Then everyone would see what he was really like. And he wouldn't be able to do it again.

The problem is, the only way to protect the next girl is to become the next girl. And, well, that could be a little risky ... even deadly.

Praise for The Next Girl

‘Original. Breathtaking. Dangerous. The Next Girl is compulsory reading from an author at the top of her game.’ Loraine Peck, author of The Second Son

‘It hooked me in and left me breathless. Set aside your weekend because you won’t be able to put it down.’ Petronella McGovern, author of The Liars

‘Fierce, smart and packed with tension, The Next Girl grabbed me from the first page.’ Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of Dark Mode

'Pip Drysdale is one of the brightest new stars in the realm of first-person psychological suspense … Romantic suspense for the Netflix generation.' Canberra Times

‘A twisty, suspenseful thriller with a heroine who makes doing bad things seem right.’ Tim Ayliffe, author of The Enemy Within
Promising Young Woman meets High Fidelity in the dark and twisty new thriller from the bestselling author of The Sunday Girl, The Strangers We Know and The Paris Affair.

A bad day at work. A drunken...

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Thank you Netgalley, Simon & Schuster & Pip Drysdale for the ARC of this book.

This was one cracking book! It was gripping, suspenseful and twisty.

The chapters were short and easy to read, the way the story was told from one POV almost like a diary telling was really entertaining and overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Cannot wait to read more Pip Drysdale in the future

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After reading The Paris Affair I was keen to read more from Pip Drysdale.

The Next Girl comes out November 30 and is full of twists and turns that kept my attention and my heart racing.

Billie is a complex character who is dealing with some big struggles including being fired from her job as a paralegal in New York. In her efforts to prove her innocence she ends up on a dangerous path and unveils her addiction to some very dangerous behaviours.

I really enjoyed this book. It really did keep me on the edge of my seat. Whilst Billie made some questionable choices and there were times I was feeling anxious on her behalf she was also likeable and had a vulnerability about her that made it hard to not cheer her on.

Definitely give this book a go if you like being kept on your toes.

Thank you to #netgalley, @simonschusterau and @pipdrysdale for this advanced copy. #TheNextGirlPipDrysdale #netgalley

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I have loved Pip Drysdale's books, so when I was approved to read this one, I was so excited as I couldn't wait to get my hands on and read it.

The Next Girl is Pip Drysdale's best book yet. I loved everything about it. Billie and her being a hot mess, waking up in a stranger's bed and not knowing why. If you love thrillers, this one is definitely for you to read.

I loved the playlist from Spotify as well. I will miss Billie and her adventures.

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for allowing me to read this book for my honest review.

I give this book five stars out of 5.

The Next Girl by Pip Drysdale is out on 30 November 2022.

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I loved this clever, modern mystery which features amazing characters and a touching back story. Plenty of detail to keep you guessing and some genuinely funny descriptions and dialogue, too. Absolutely great!

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia and Netgalley for the advanced electronic copy of this book. The Next Girl was high on my hotly anticipated releases for this year, and I was so incredibly excited to be approved - and devoured this in one day. I love and continuously recommend all Pip Drysdale’s books and this one surpassed my high expectations! The best parts of this fast paced thriller are the stalker vibes, suspicious characters, murder mystery, relatable and personable main character and novel story line. Cant wait to add this to my ‘recommended and must read’ list for family and friends and will be eagerly (and impatiently) waiting for Pip’s next book!!

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Another addictive read by the author with plenty of surprises!

A bad day at work leads to a drunken night and the next day Billie wakes up in a strangers bed. She can't remember a thing. Her day only goes from bad to worse when her firm loses a big legal case because of her and Billie sets out to right some wrongs. But the only way to do that is to meet this predatory man and become the next girl, putting her own life in danger.

The authors characters are always so unique. A little damaged and always fierce, they keep you turning the pages until late into the night. I loved the backstory flowing through this and while I had a feeling about some of the supporting characters, I didn't guess the direction this one was taking in the end. Another fast moving and suspenseful novel. Highly recommend! 4.5*

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I am such a big fan of Pip Drysdale’s thrillers and I was dying to get my hands on The Next Girl. So when I did, there was no waiting, I dove straight in. If I hadn’t been so tired, I would have read it in sitting. As it was, it was 2. I was hooked from the very beginning, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it was going to finish.

Our main character Billie is a hot mess. And not just because, as the book opens, she wakes up in a strangers bed, with little recollection of how she got there or who he is. We soon find out that Billie has a lot going on that she keeps hidden from the world. But the night before, she was drowning her sorrows and her life is about to go from bad to worse.

I really don’t want to say too much about the plot as it is best to go in fairly blind. I will say that it will have you turning those pages needing more. If you have read Pips books before, you will know that things are not always as they seem, and it is pointless trying to figure things out. Just go with it and be surprised.

I loved the addition of all the musical references throughout the story, and the QR code at the end to get the playlist. The Next Girl is set in New York and it made me want to go there even more than I already do. One day.

So, in short, I loved Billie, I wanted her to win, and you have to read this book. Publishes in Australia on November 30th, I have pre ordered my physical copy for my shelf. Thank you Simon and Schuster for my advanced copy to read.

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