Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on January 23, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher

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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal certainly pulls no punches. The book delves deep into dark, uncomfortable places: infidelity, allegations of rape, and the justice system. Anatomy of a Scandal also feels eerily timely in a #MeToo world where the abuse of power has been rampant and unchecked for so long. Vaughan’s novel will no doubt strike a nerve in many of its readers, who will find themselves questioning the truth of the matter until it’s finally revealed. These characters are wealthy, privileged, seemingly without reproach; but ultimately, the truth will always come to light.

Rating: 5 stars


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