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Publisher's Summary

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal among 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?

©2017 Sarah Vaughan (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A strong choice for book clubs. Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Vaughan offers gripping insight into a political scandal’s hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilege.... Absorbing, polished." ( Booklist)
"Skillfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are.... Sinewy...engrossing, twist-filled." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Men behaving badly

This is a timely story centered on the issue of consent vs rape. The male characters do not come across favorably. The courtroom scenes were compelling, but the flashback sequences slowed the narrative to a crawl. The best of the (4) narrators was LukeThompson, the others were adequate. Overall, disappointing due to the slow pacing.

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Listened to it without a pause

What made the experience of listening to Anatomy of a Scandal the most enjoyable?

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Sarah Vaughan
Quality of the writing and the narration.
On the edge of my seat the whole time.
Wish there were more audiobooks this spectacular

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 02-04-18

Very satisfying

Having just read "The Verdict," I was ready to be disappointed by another British courtroom drama. Not so. Well done. Well read. Not as unexpected as The Verdict, but still recommend.

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Really really good! Loved it!

This author can write! A well woven and beautifully told story. The narrators were excellent as well. Highly recommend!

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Slow start, but it amps up!

This book is a stunner. I was put off over how totally British it was in the beginning. It was slow and gentile and just bland that I almost turned it off. But all good things come to those who wait. And what starts off as a book that seems to have no direction, slowly starts to come together in a deep, well-written and effective story about choices and consequences and privilege...and how it dooms some and saves others.

The story is told from the perspective of a lawyer, a government official, his wife, and a young college woman. What seems disparate slowly, quietly but intentionally comes together at a pace that almost catches you off guard when the revelations occur. Things are hidden from the reader and revealed for the best impact. This convention works here - once the story gets rolling - there is a stunning revelation after revelation, which adds to the deepness and richness of the story, its characters and their plight.

I felt a genuine connection to the characters. I hated some and cheered for others. The main focus of the story is a court case - and even after a verdict was delivered - I wanted to know more. And Vaughan provides.

Stick with this one. It is worth it.

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A timely tale of privilege and entitlement.<br />

Replace Harvey Weinstein's lot with English politicos, and you have a well-told tale. I couldn't stop listening. The narrators made it all very real.

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fun story read wonderfully.

great narration and characters. felt a little let down at the end but otherwise a good story.

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Susan......UES

A disappointment.The first part of the book was okay. But the aftermath of the court case in relation to the wife’s reaction to her husbands’ testimony was overly naive and did not seem plausible.I would not advise the purchase of this book.

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Dreadful cliche

This story is mind numbing. The wife with a designer life that she accepted. Later, supposedly realizes people actually lie & more horribly that people change & compromise for their loved ones. Well I never!

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really fun!

yea for strong women. couldn't wait to find out the ending. great insight into marriage

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