Anatomy of a scandal

by Vaughan, Sarah, 1972-

Format: Print Book 2018.
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"A nuanced story line perfectly in tune with our #metoo times."-- People , Book of the Week

"One of the season's most buzzed-about thrillers."--Bookish

"A strong choice for book clubs. Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama." -- Kirkus Reviews ( starred review)

"Vaughan offers gripping insight into a political scandal's hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilege...Absorbing, polished."-- Booklist (starred review)

"Skillfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are...Sinewy...engrossing, twist-filled." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him.

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst 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?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* MP James Whitehouse, Tory rising star and close friend of the prime minister, has made good use of his charming, family-oriented image. It won't be easy for Kate Woodcroft to convict him of rape, even after the explosive scandal over Whitehouse's affair with his parliamentary researcher, Olivia Lytton. Weeks after their affair's media outing, Lytton is alleging that Whitehouse raped her in a Parliament elevator. As far as the evidence goes, the case could easily devolve into a he said/she said, but Kate knows that the most damning evidence of his guilt is buried 20 years deep. When they were students at Oxford, Kate was also raped by Whitehouse, and he growled the same phrase Lytton claims he said to her: Don't be such a prick tease. Now, unrecognizable after changing her name and appearance, Kate hides the conflict of interest, bent on convicting the golden-boy rapist. At the same time, Sophie Whitehouse, Kate's Oxford tutorial partner, struggles to repair her marriage despite her suspicion that her husband lied about the rape. Layers of manipulation generate intensity as Kate, James, and Sophie's characters evolve from innocent, entitled youth to wielders of political, judicial, and psychological power. Vaughan, a former political correspondent, offers gripping insight into a political scandal's hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilege. An absorbing, polished debut mystery.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cases don't come much higher-profile than the potential career-maker assigned to driven British barrister Kate Woodcroft, QC: prosecuting golden boy junior Home Office minister James Whitehouse, the prime minister's best friend since their boyhood at Eton, for raping the young parliamentary researcher with whom he recently ended a brief affair-in a lift at the House of Commons, no less. But the focus isn't simply the he said-she said courtroom fencing match, but deeper truths about the nature of privilege and power. Skillfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal with James's and his wife Sophie's student days at Oxford-as well the drug-fueled, swept-under-the-carpet tragedy there that has informed his relationship with the PM ever since-Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are. Such is the strength of this sinewy novel from Vaughan (The Farm at the Edge of the World) that the glossy, tabloid-ready surface proves one of the less interesting facets of the engrossing, twist-filled tale that unspools. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Upper class -- England -- Fiction.
Women lawyers -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2018.
Edition First Emily Bestler/Atria Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 392 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781501172168
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