Book Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Atria Books

Summary:  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?

The summary got me and the story kept me. This was a taut story with a he said/she said between former lovers scandal and was also the story of a marriage, friendship, class, privilege and the intersection of the court of public opinion and the actual court. I liked that we got all the sides of the story from the characters point of view. Any time a book gets me talking back to it, I'm invested and I was completely in on this one. In addition, there were some characters that we got to know in their past and present. I found I had varying sympathies for some characters depending on the time in the story and that felt just like life. I can't say that the resolutions are surprising but they were well done.

I'd definitely read another by the author. Recommended for the vacationers & staycationers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for my unbiased thoughts & opinions.

Expected publication December 2017.

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