A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.
Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.
Title: Anatomy of a Scandal
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
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Wow what a rollercoaster of a ride, I feel exhausted having raced through it. Fast paced and revelatory it reminds me of Apple Tree Yard. I must admit that as soon as I heard the sophisticated title of this book I knew it would be a winner.
Sophie is married to James who is an attractive member of Parliament, she loves him and they have two children together. When he is outed by the press for having an affair it comes as no surprise to her because she has turned a blind eye on his philandering over the years. However this time it's far more serious as he has been accused of rape! Like a good politicians wife she stands by her husband but eventually begins to wonder if there really is no smoke without fire.
I found the elitist and pompous behaviour of James and his peers at Oxford absolutely disgusting and provided an insight into what sort of person he was.
The book is beautifully written and I really felt for Sophie and even more so for Katie who is the barrister who was prosecuting James as her story is very moving.
I think what made this book so clever is that the crime itself was stuck in a grey area and boiled down to a he said, she said scenario which will make you angry and want to scream.
The book was addictive and I was annoyed to have to put it down to get on with my life as I wanted to stay in until I'd finished.
Congratulations to Sarah Vaughan for such an eloquent book about such a taboo and very topical subject I can totally see this on the tv or as a film.
Book Angel x
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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