Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan

Happy release day!

Thanks to Atria Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL – Sarah Vaughan (out today!)

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

When a thriller novel starts to gain a lot of hype leading up to release day, you always have to try and go into it without having that high expectation. Well, ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan definitely earned that hype! A he said/she said thriller meets court room drama make for an engrossing read.

James is the perfect man – handsome, charismatic, and a respected and successful member of Parliament. However, he now stands accused of rape. Sophie, James’ wife, is completely convinced that he is innocent of the allegations and is prepared to defend her family against everything. We are also introduced to Kate. She is the prosecutor for James’ case and is sure that he is guilty and wants to make sure he pays for his crime.

I love how the he said/she said thrillers always unfold. Going from character to character and hearing their sides of the story. The reader never truly knows who to believe! In this book we get to see through James’ eyes, Sophie’s, and Kate’s as the investigation and trial progress. We also get a glimpse into James and Sophie’s past when they met at Oxford and suspicious events that occurred with Holly, Sophie’s tutorial partner.

Both Kate and Sophie are very relatable and likeable characters. You felt for Sophie and the situation she was thrust in and then you can’t wait to see what new information Kate uncovers. James is the complete opposite. If you like a character to hate in a novel, then this one won’t disappoint! He definitely uses his influence, good looks, and charm to get his way.

Overall, if you want a good suspense read with some courtroom drama and a he said/she said theme, then you’ll need to have this on your TBR. With such a relevant topic for today, I’m always curious how authors will approach rape and the events following such a crime. If you want a slow burn suspense that will keep you pulled in, then this is the book for you! If you’re wanting more of an edge-of-your-seat thriller, then this might fall short.

 

Check back for the #CJSReads2018 collective thoughts!

–Jess

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