January 22, 2018

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
WOAH. This book was a rush. I flew through it and I can tell this is one that will stick with me for a while. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan is set in London and follows a cast of characters, Sophie, James, Kate, Holly, and Alison. After owning up to an affair, prominent government worker James gets accused of rape and must face trial for his supposed actions. Told in both present day and flashbacks, the reader soon realizes that there are more ties that bind this group together than originally thought, and that everyone is not always who they seem to be. 

This novel deals very heavily with sexual assault and rape. As this is a prominent topic in our society today, I think this book is both timely and necessary. Revealing how deeply a rape can impact an individual, how celebrity and prominence can play a role in prosecution, and how easily someone's guilt can be questioned, it speaks to the deep set issues that for many years our society has ignored that are finally coming to light. 

While this was a tough topic to swallow, I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, especially Kate. The plot was fast moving and interesting, and even though there were flashbacks it was very easy to piece together. The ending was so satisfying as well, even if it isn't what you initially expect it will be, and there are a few plot twists along the way that keep you engaged. Each character's section was the perfect length, enough to let you know what was happening and what they were thinking but not too long to get bored of them before moving on, and I really enjoyed Vaughan's detailed yet simple writing style.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan releases TOMORROW so be sure to pick up a copy!

A huge thanks to Atria and Goodreads for allowing me early access to an ecopy of this fantastic read.


DJ Sakata said...

That for the review - I have this one from netgallery but just haven't gotten to it yet, I'm gonna have to make time for it now ;)

Norrie said...

Oh, I'm super excited about this book!
It is indeed a heavy topic, but i think it's one of those that people need to know/read/talk about.

Nikki said...

I have seen so many posts about this book recently. Thank you for the review, I will need to check it out! I feel like I am missing out ;)

Terri said...

I remember a time when authors who wrote books about the negative side of life just didn't make it. I don't like that we still have to deal with issues such as these but I'm glad authors are writing more about it and just laying it out there.

Gayathri Lakshminarayanan said...

Looks like a must read. Those topics are very pertinent to what is happening in the world right now.

Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

Cia Black said...

Talk about a book, the cover alone in captivating and the review is phenomenal.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Ohh wow great review. This is the first time I heard about this book, and it most definitely looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

Heidi said...

Great review! The cover is intriguing and looks suspenseful. Glad to hear it was! :)

Tangled in Text said...

I've heard so many great things about this book. Great review!