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'Timely and compelling' Shari Lapena, Books of the Year, Sunday Times Crime Club
'People are calling this the new Apple Tree Yard, but I’d beg to differ… I’d argue its infinitely better' The Pool
‘Well-written, pacy and full of twists and turns’ Independent
'Gripping. A savage indictment of class, privilege and toxic masculinity in Britain ... Almost impossible to put down' Louise O’Neill
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.
Praise for Anatomy of a Scandal:
'Deftly plotted... with an eerie relevance to the current debate surrounding the attitudes to and experiences of women in Westminster, Hollywood and beyond' Laura Barnett
‘The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard … sensational’ Clare Mackintosh
'A compulsive read with completely layered characters. Superb' John Boyne
'I love it when a book lives up the hype – and this one does. It is quite shockingly good' Sun
'This clever plot raises many issues of the moment' Marcel Berlins, The Times
'Once the trial of MP James Whitehouse starts, you could not have prised the book from hands for love or money' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
'An absolute masterpiece – prepare to be very impressed' heat
'A lot of reviews claim that a novel has them ‘hooked from the start’ – but with this story, it’s painfully true' Grazia
'One of the best books you’ll read this year' Closer
‘Sarah Vaughan drip feeds revelations while exploring thepower and privilege of political elite’ Good Housekeeping
‘Think last year’s drama Liar with a dash of Apple Tree Yard’ Sunday Mirror: Notebook
‘A timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believe’ Stylist
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This pacy psychological thriller takes us into the shadowy and scandalised corridors of Westminster when MP James Whitehouse, a close friend of the British Prime Minister, is accused of rape. As the story drills into James’s past with his loyal wife Sophie, the secrets haunting prosecuting barrister Kate are also revealed. Each superbly drawn character becomes increasingly unreliable, which sets up an impactful and unpredictable finale. Within the courtroom drama, Sarah Vaughan presents sensitive and intelligent examinations of guilt, trust, and ambition.
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.