Thank you to Simon and Schuster and the Tandem Collective for a copy of Anatomy of a Scandal to read alongside other reviewers ahead of the upcoming start of the Netflix series later this week. I’m sharing a review today.
A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight.
A prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming.
A scandal that will rock Westminster.
And the women caught at the heart of it.
This is another excellent and thought provoking read from Sarah Vaughan.
Kate is a barrister, ending her day disappointed that she couldn’t secure a conviction against a husband accused of marital rape. Suddenly she is handed a high profile case, the alleged rape of a researcher at the House of Commons, by an MP, in a lift.
Sophie is the wife of the MP, discovers that her husband has been having an affair, and a few days later, reels from the further shock of him being charged with rape.
James is the MP, a very close confidant of the Prime Minister, childhood and university friends, and members of a posh social group at Oxford University.
The book features flashbacks to life at Oxford University for a number of undergraduates interspersed with the courtroom drama as Kate prosecutes James. Kate is convinced that James is guilty because she knows more about James than his wife does.
I enjoyed how the story evolved, as we discovered more secrets and I found myself hoping the jury would make what I thought was the right decision. An excellent read for fans of courtroom drama. I’m looking forward to seeing if the Netflix series will stay true to the book – will you be watching the series?