Simon & Schuster UK
11 Jan 2018
Source: My copy is an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley
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.
My Thoughts & Review
I couldn’t wait to read this book and it certainly lived up to expectations. Political intrigue and courtroom drama has to be one of my favourite combinations.
Relevant today to some our political scandals but also relevant to all the current news stories of historic sexual abuse that are emerging at the moment.
The very definition of the word ‘rape’ is brought into question in this intriguing court case, where one of the UK government cabinet ministers is in the dock accused of this most heinous of crimes.
All isn’t as it seems and the background facts of the case and the character of the accused is put in the spotlight.
One of the barristers has a disturbing secret to keep that if it was revealed would have serious implications and impact seriously on the case in question. There are flashbacks to Oxford where the rich and highly privileged youth belonging to such infamous clubs as The Libertines ran riot and thought they could buy anyone’s silence with wads of cash.
Caught in the middle of the scandal and furore surrounding a case that focuses on the extra curricular activities of one of the country’s high powered individuals is the faithful wife. Does she believe her husband and stand by him or should she leave while she can.
An outstanding novel and it’s been a privilege to read it.
About The Author
Sarah Vaughan is a former journalist who now lives in Cambridge with her family. This is her third novel.