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Review: Anatomy of a Scandal


Title: Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: 1/23/18

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

My Review: This book is a slow burn mystery that will have you wondering did he or didn’t see until the end. The issues of consent, privilege and entitlement are the central themes and this book comes at a time when society is finally taking a deeper look at these issues. The book switches between character view points and past present to tell you all sides of the story and does a good job of stringing you along so that you don’t know who to trust until near the end.

While I enjoyed the book for the most part and I found the twists intriguing it was a little to slow paced for me and I found myself skimming at times. The character development and plot were well done, as was the writing but the book just didn’t pull me in.

*I received this book from Atria Books in exchange for an honest review*


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