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Anatomy of a Scandal (2018)

by Sarah Vaughan

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"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?"--… (more)
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This is a tough one to review. Once again I just really did not connect with any of the characters. The story wasn’t that exciting to me, with the exception of a few parts. Overall, this book just didn’t do it for me - just wasn’t for me. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
A fast paced courtroom drama set among the elite world of Eton and Oxford educated men who go into politics. The novel shows their privilege and arrogance in all its grubbiness. The action moves between 2016/17 and a trial and the 1990s in Oxford. There are twists in the plot and I was surprised that the verdict came before the end of the novel and wondered where it would go next. The voices we hear mostly are Kate, the barrister, and Sophie, the wife of the high-profile politician. Each chapter is neatly dated and with the name of the character, useful for those of us who don't like getting lost. ( )
  CarolKub | Feb 3, 2021 |
It was okay. End was better than the beginning

http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2018/06/anatomy-of-a-scanal/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Got audio version and could not get into it. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
This story prominently features sexual assault and is quite detailed.
This really is timely after the Kavanaugh shenanigans.
I am not really sure how to explore this without spoilers. I felt this was paced splendidly, loved the narrators and would definitely read another book by this author.
Well done! ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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Sarah Vaughanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Feathers, SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teal, JulieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, LukeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wane, EstherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"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?"--

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