Anatomy of a Scandal
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 l ...more
Men can make fools of us all.
I LOVE a good courtroom drama.
I can't help it. My idea of the inside of a courtroom is heavily-influenced by years of watching Law & Order and, these days, watching Annalise Keating brutally taking down prosecutors and witnesses in How to Get Away With Murder. I love the (completely sensationalized) battle of wits, the dramatic "object, your honor!", the tense moment before the verdict is revealed.
And Anatomy of a Scandal has all of that and more.
There's several ...more
With everything that has been going on in the world recently, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this timely novel.
Kate Woodcroft’s work is her life. Divorced with no children, she’s practiced law for many years. She specializes in prosecuting sexual crimes and she is no stranger to difficult cases. However, today she is in a bad mood after losing a case. But then her long time clerk, Brian comes to s ...more
Another excellent and timely read folks! Anatomy of a Scandal was brilliant and will likely be well-accepted by the crowd who enjoys their ...more
Timely, with a few very intriguing twists!
When the Junior Member of England, James Whitehouse, is caught out in an affair, it looks as though he will weather the storm, both professionally and personally- until his mistress, Olivia, comes forward with an accusation of rape.
Kate, a prosecutor/barrister believes James is guilty as sin. But, his wife, Sophie, despite enduring the humiliation of his affair, doesn’t ...more
with a kaleidoscope of sexual misconduct allegations making up the backdrop of any given day’s news lately, this is certainly a timely book: james whitehouse, a happily married man of privilege and power, a ...more
Brick by brick. Story by story. Lie built upon lie.
We all leave our footprints planted in the ground of our past. Do we even recognize their familiar forms when trampled on time and again by others? Blurred attempts both intentional and not.
Kate Woodcroft pours herself a stout one to mellow out the night. Being a barrister in London assigned to difficult cases involving violence of a sexual nature has an ember that is only accelerated by that drink. ...more
An clever, scandalous, courtroom drama! I was obsessed from start to finish.
It has all the elements that make a story compelling to me. The vivid characters with the added appeal of having their POV written with emotion and details that bring them to life. The characters were intriguing and would definitely have enjoyed discussing this with someone while reading it together. The plot was perfectly thought out with an explosive twist! The ending was also very satisfying and left me feeling e ...more
Addictive writing....Secrets....Lies....and a Perfectly Satisfying last line!
Kate Woodcroft is a QC (Queen's Court) Barrister for the prosecution of sex crimes in London, and she just lost a case...not something that happens often. She likes to win and plans on doing just that with the scandalous high-profile case of a charming, handsome and manipulative politician....JM (Junior Minister) James Whitehouse.
ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL takes the reader back in time 25 years to meet some of K...more
James Whitehouse is a member of the Parliament, and until he was charged with
rape —( at the point of penetration, did James understand that Olivia Clarissa Lytton did not consent to sex?), he was a junior minister in the government. He is married to Sophie whom he has two children with.
James admits his adultery to Sophie ‘before’ the story breaks out to the public. His affair was ...more
A very slow paced book, in fact I do believe there were some incidences that could have been cut, but that is onl ...more
James Whitehouse is a a successful politician who has been married to his wife Sophie for over a decade. Both are attractive, attended Oxford and are respected members of their community. One day James is accused of rape, the victim is a young researcher that works in James's office. She also had an affair with the accused that ended abruptly two weeks before the event took place.
Your job (if you decided to take it) is ...more
James, Junior Minister of England, and his wife Sophie are caught in a fierce legal battle against Kate, a barrister who represents Olivia, in a case in which James has been charged with sexual assault. Olivia and James had an affair and James swears that what happened between them was a consensual act. For Jame’s wife Sophie? Well, her world comes crashing down before her. Kate knows that James is guilty and she is going to make him pay.
Every character in this book had something to hid ...more
At first glance Sophie appears to have it all. 2 wonderful children and a husband who works as a Junior Minister. This night, her husband is running unusually late getting home. So late in fact, they miss a dinner engagement. Her sixth-sense kicks into overdrive, and immediately knows something is seriously wrong.
He proceeds to sit her down, warning her a ...more
Let me say straight off, I have no tolerance for anyone committing adultery. So, in m ...more
This novel follows the aftermath of and investigation into a sexual assault scandal involving a high power politician and one of his employees.
I found the storyline intriguing enough to keep me curious until the end, however, this novel really dragged for me. I found the pacing slow, the characters unlikeable and the content jumped all over the place. I had a hard time staying focused and felt that there were several parts of the book that could have been omitted while not taking away ...more
So incredibly timely... Sarah Vaughan may have been prescient when she decided to write Anatomy of a Scandal, but this book sure resonates with the MeToo surge of focus on sexual assault and harassment, especially involving men abusing positions of power.
But no one should be deterred from reading this one for fear that it's an easy attempt to cash in on a hot topic or for fear that it's violent or graphically exploitative of the topic. On the contrary... Vaughan took care in writi ...more
James Whitehouse, an MP and close friend of the prime minister, is exposed in the press as having an affair with his aide. A standard political scandal but things get worse for his family, friends and the government when there is an accusation of rape.
The novel examines entitlement, unpleasant masculinity and and the atmosphere of untouchabil ...more
Part courtroom drama and part exportation of a marriage, this is a book that is intelligent and tightly plotted and was chosen as our sit in book club read for the month and I think it will make quite an interesting discussion book.
I liked the court room drama in this one and it appeared well researched and well executed. Characters were complex and entertaining. I enjoyed the format of the book each chapter tol ...more
Okay it's time to put on my big girl panties and review this book.
Firstly, I want to thank Atria books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book by sending me a review copy. They are my favourite publisher, and while I didn't enjoy this book, that still remains because I have never disliked one of the ...more
Anatomy of a Scandal is a slow-burning, intelligent legal thriller that explores a scandal amongst the privileged and the women involved. For most of us, we struggled with this one grabbing our attention from the start and had to fight the urge to crawl into a nice grass ...more
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Anatomy of a Scandal is another one of those books that is rather hard for me to review. While I did like the book, I found myself wanting to skim a few times. The writing was impeccable, and you can tell that Sarah Vaughan really knows her stuff (I can't even imagine how much research she had to put into this book ...more
Sophie is married to James who is a handsome, charming, confident politician, who she also describes as a wonderful father. Sophie's world is turned upside when the woman her husband has been having an affair with accuses him of rape. Sophie is shocked, hurt, angry, sad, humiliated and heartbroken. She believes he is capable of lying to her and having an affair, but rape? Could her husband have raped a woman? Could she be living with a rapist? James denies all charges against him. How can Sophie ...more
Anatomy of a Scandal is a gripping tale that reminds us that justice may not always be blind in the face of privilege, politics, charisma, and power and that rape has devastating and enduring emotional and psychological effects on its victims.
The story is told from differing perspectives; James, a handsome, entitled politician accused of a heinous crime; Sophie, a dependable, intelligent wife who believes in her husband's innocence; and Kate the tough, tenacious b ...more
Who's Sarah Vaughan and why has she escaped my attention?
I've seen mixed reviews of this novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was curious enough to request it. There was some sort of mix up with the approval/archiving date, so the kind people at Simon & Schuster Australia sent me the printed book. Lucky me.
The first impression was very good: great title, stunning cover (I loved its textured feel as well). I was eager ...more
The story is told from multiple points of view and also by alternating between current day and by going back into past events when key characters were in college and the events that happened then. This would be one read that I can say that with ...more
James Whitehouse seems to have it all. He grew up privileged, went to school at Eton and Oxford, and is now a junior government minister with a promising future. James has a beautiful wife, Sophie, and two sweet children, Emily and Toby - whom he dotes on. For her part, Sophie adores her husband - a tall, handsome, charismatic man who still makes her heart flutter after twelve years of marriage.
Unfortunately, a costly mistake is about to shatter James' world.
James was a 'player' in his youth, ...more
A quote from the author's afterword: "Anatomy of a Scandal involved venturing into dark places most of us would prefer not to think about." The scandal involves a successful, handsome and charismatic member of parliament, married with two young children, whose affair with a young, beautiful woman is made public, followed by an accusa ...more
James Whitehouse, handsome, urbane and wealthy and a self assured Oxford graduate, admired by both men and women, is a Junior Minister in the British cabinet and personal friend of the PM. At college they were both members of the Libertines, an elite dining club for ...more
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