The Blonde Bookworm: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan -- Review

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan -- Review

Monday, January 15, 2018

Title: Anatomy of a Scandal
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Pages: 400
Publishing: January 23rd 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books 
ISBN: 1501172166 


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?


Anatomy of a Scandal was an interesting and thought provoking read. It was very different than the typical crime novel. Instead of having a lot of twists, turns and thrills, it was drawn out with beautifully detailed writing that gave the novel more of a dramatic edge. The pacing was a little slower than I was used to, but I believe this was done intentionally in order to set the stage for Kate to uncover the crimes in the courtroom. 

Speaking of the courtroom -- those scenes were by far my favorite portions of the novel. I loved the craftiness of the lawyers and how they used particular wording to bring out the truth without the suspect even knowing it. Kate was a thrilling and brilliant character, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about her with each turn of the page. 

Anatomy of a Scandal was a slow burning crime novel with loads of drama and scandal. I really enjoyed this novel and loved how it made me step out of my comfort zone. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy crime fiction novels. It is definitely one I will be recommending all year! 

Rating 3/5 


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