From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal, soon to be a major Netflix series…
Reputation: it takes a lifetime to build and just one moment to destroy.
‘Sarah Vaughan has done it again. Superb’ Shari Lapena
Emma Webster is a respectable MP.
Emma Webster is a devoted mother.
Emma Webster is innocent of the murder of a tabloid journalist.
Emma Webster is a liar.
#Reputation: The story you tell about yourself. And the lies others choose to believe…
Your favourite authors love Reputation:
‘A terrifically entertaining legal drama and an unsettling cautionary tale for any woman considering entering politics’ Louise Candlish
‘Perceptive, elegant, thrilling and addictive’ Chris Whitaker
‘Tense. Gripping. And bang up to date. This is a rollercoaster of a book’ Imran Mahmood
‘Wonderfully written, tense, taut and timely. I loved it!’ Claire Douglas
‘A stylish, challenging thriller. Do yourself a favour and read this book’ Fiona Cummins
‘Sarah Vaughan has distilled the zeitgeist into a pulse-racing thriller. Gripping all the way’ Erin Kelly
‘I read Reputation in one sitting, which is my highest possible praise’ Bella Mackie
‘Sarah Vaughan has another smash hit on her hands. Reputation is nuanced, complex, and thought-provoking, while still being a gripping, fast-paced read’ Louise O’Neill
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A previous career as a news and political journalist means Sarah Vaughan certainly knows her way around a zeitgeisty thriller. Her previous one, Anatomy of a Scandal, about a disgraced MP accused of sexual assault, is now a Sienna Miller-starring Netflix series, while Reputation, Vaughan’s fifth novel, has been optioned by the same team. It is also set in the brutal world of UK politics and unpicks the misogynist abuse and trolling suffered by Emma Webster. The Labour backbencher, revenge porn campaigner and single mother of a troubled teen has to keep a bottle of water on her desk at all times in case of an acid attack. Things go from bad to infinitely worse for Emma after a journalist dies in her house and she is put on trial for murder. Terrifying, tense and truthful—and serves up huge questions around the continued abuse suffered by women in politics.
British writer Vaughan (Anatomy of a Scandal) considers the corrosive impact of social media on the lives of girls and women in this timely, twisty story. Divorced English parliament member Emma Webster divides her time between the house she shares in London with fellow politicos and her home in Portsmouth, where she lives with her 14-year-old daughter, Flora. After she does an interview with a London paper complete with a photo shoot that makes her look "more like an Oscar-nominated actress than a Labour politician," she's swarmed by trolls on social media. Meanwhile, Flora endures an equally intense online campaign directed against her by her former best friend, until she finally snaps, with consequences that lead to trouble for both her and her mother. But there's a more pressing problem: the dead body found at the foot of the stairs in Emma's London home. Just who the person was, and what Emma did or didn't have to do with its appearance, are the questions Vaughan explores with nail-biting suspense. While the focus is more on hot topics than character development, Vaughan delivers plenty of insights into how a person's reputation can slip, and the ways violence can spring out of the pressures of being in the spotlight. This is as thoughtful as it is surprising. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Assoc.
Didn’t like it at all
Badly plotted and tedious. None of the characters are sympathetic, or rounded, and, as common these days, probably written with main eye on TV dramatisation. Some pretty basic errors re workings of Parliament. Very annoying punctuation too which made it irritating to read - colons and semi-colons everywhere, in all the wrong places! Really didn’t like it!