Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah Vaughan

April 18, 2018

4.5 / 5 Stars

This is my first review for Thebookscoop and I thought I would start with a book that I recently took out from Exeter Library...


I had seen on social media that this book was receiving some really good reviews. I then saw that Sarah Vaughan the author was coming to Exeter to an event with another author Erin Kelly and the topic of their talk was Sex, Power and Consent in Crime Writing. So, some friends and I booked to go to the event and I set about reading the book.


It's a court room drama set around James, a junior government minister and friend of the Prime Minister -  they went to Oxford University together and have continued to be close since. James is a popular public figure and his wife Sophie believes they are happily married, until one day he comes home with a confession that will rock her world.


It doesn’t end there as the revelation leads to James being charged with a terrible crime which threatens his career and his family. The second strand of the story focuses on Kate, who is the lawyer prosecuting the case against James. Her story is really fascinating as she shows that she is determined to get James prosecuted for his crime.


The book steadily unravels the stories of all the characters and there are many twists and turns which makes you need to keep reading. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their histories which made the story all the more gripping.


I don’t want to give too much away, as I knew nothing about the book and I think this made it all the more interesting. I loved this book, I read it in 2 days and I would give it 4.5 out of 5. Sarah Vaughan was brought up in Exeter and she has had a really interesting career in journalism and politics, which I think shows in this great story that is all sadly too believable and very relevant in recent news coverage.

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