“Anatomy Of A Scandal” by Sarah Vaughan and has a planned release date of 11th January 2018 you can pre-order now. Published by Simon & Schuster UK and available as Hardback, eBook and Audio.
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (11 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471164993
- ISBN-13: 978-1471164996
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You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him.
“A strong choice for book clubs. Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Vaughan offers gripping insight into a political scandal’s hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilege…Absorbing, polished.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Skillfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are…Sinewy…engrossing, twist-filled.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.
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?
This is a story that is told from the perspective of several characters and across different timelines. The trial of a Junior minister James, for the rape of a colleague, but it is a tricky case as they had an affair that had recently ended. We are introduced to Kate the Prosecuting Barrister, Sophie who is James’s wife, and a few others, but these are the main ones.
This is at times a hard read as there are sexual references made. Also at times I thought a little slow and repetitive at times as the story progresses. But that being said, I really enjoyed the different story lines, they have been well developed and intertwined around the various characters. They give an insightful read showing how they have changed over the years, why their opinions, demeanour and outlook on life is what it is. But like most people they have skeletons in their closets, and these are now about to see the light of day, and they are going to have repercussions.
I really liked the character of Kate, by far my favourite one. She has a strong persona but underneath is vulnerable and emotional. Sophie felt like a real sap, over the years she seems to have lost her identity, then there is James, what a slime-ball of a man. Kate has a different background to the other two so I think this is why I liked her, a black sheep of sorts in the social ranks of Oxford University.
I would recommend this book to readers of Courtroom Drama, Women’s Fiction with elements of suspense. I will add that there are sexual references that may offend some readers.
I wish to express my thanks to Simon & Schuster, Atria Books and NetGalley for my eARC of this book. My thoughts are my own and are unbiased.
About the Author:
Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to be a journalist. After training at the Press Assocation, she spent eleven years at the Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent. It wasn’t until her second child was born, that she finally did what she’d always wanted to do and started writing fiction. The Art of Baking Blind is the result, and will also be published in the US (St Martin’s Press) and in nine translations. She lives near Cambridge and is working on her second novel.
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