Thursday, 11 January 2018

Book Review - Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

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Title: Anatomy of a Scandal
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

This is a story that is as impossible to describe without spoilers, as it is brilliant to read. It is addictive and interesting even though it deals with in great detail a topic that is hard to read about.  

At the heart of this book there is a trial, Kate the prosecutor is positive that James is guilty of the crime and will do her best to make sure he pays for the crime, while Sophie is the wife happy to stand by James as she is sure her husband must be innocent. 

As the book progresses we see the story from multiple view points in addition to the characters times at Oxford as students, which shows the privileged background the Sophie and James are from. Once you are familiar with the time line, it makes more sense than when I first started reading and was trying to get the basics straight in my mind. 

At all times the writing is detailed and the story is told in a way that you know exactly what is happening, you can visualise everything even the more unpalatable details of the crime, and get a clear understanding about a court of law,  the way barristers argue, the definition of the crime in question, and although at times I did wonder if all the description was needed, it did add a lot to the book. 

 I found the first perhaps 100 pages or so slightly slow, but they were giving vital information and once that past I was completely hooked, where I didn't want to put the book down at all, and was utterly annoyed with myself for getting tired and having to come back to it the following day, where I finished the second half of the book in no time at all!  

There is scandal, there are uncomfortable scenes, the whole book could be regarded as a trigger for anyone that has suffered from the same crime, but I'm reluctant to name the specific as it could be regarded as a spoiler, on the other hand it could also help you through it, depending on your point of view. 

This is a huge novel in terms of what is discusses and the magnitude of the repercussions on the characters to the trial. It is addictive, it is brilliant and what a way to start off reading for 2018 than with such a fabulous book. 

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster who sent me a copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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