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Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan ★★★★

Blurb; 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?

My Review; Anatomy of a Scandal will be published on the 23rd of January 2018 and is a highly anticipated read! 

I awarded four stars as it personally took me a while to get into but from chapter seven onwards it started to get good. This story focuses on the upper-class oxford university graduates/students in a rape case. Each chapter is told through the different main characters the story involves and is set out well. However, the story does flick between 1992/93 while they are in university and 2016/17 which is present time, but the author has set it out plainly so the reader does not become confused. 

Anatomy of a Scandal is written well, starts off slow paced but is easy to read with plenty of reference to literature within the book, some may be familiar. There is more than one side to this story… Who do you believe? I am glad I got the chance to read this story and would highly recommend you all pre order or add to your list for next year. 

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