ARC Book Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
ashley | Doesn’t everyone love a scandal? I certainly loved receiving an ARC of Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. I don’t read much about Britain’s privileged elite, but it seemed somewhat timely in terms of content and definitely caught my interest.
This was written from varying perspectives and over different timelines; events of the past are littered throughout the present and we’re taken back to those early days to fill in the gaps and create the overall picture that begins to form as you make your way through the book. I enjoy this format of writing and I enjoy trying to outsmart the book by overturning the secrets of the past before they’re fully revealed.
The book is a courtroom drama that revolves around a woman accusing her authoritative coworker of rape and the chapters switch between the accused, his wife, a woman from their past and the woman defending the accuser. It’s definitely heavy subject matter, especially these days with the current news headlines, but it’s something I feel strongly about and am interested in reading about, as messed up as that may seem.
I thought Vaughan did a really good job expressing the complicated emotions and thoughts and pain experienced by the very different women involved in this case from very different angles. The reader really gets a good sense of what is going on in their head and hearts, which I think is really important for a lot of people to experience and understand.
There’s a pretty solid twist in the book, but I felt like things came to a bit of a standstill after this and kind of ran in circles for a few chapters before finally coming together in the end. I felt that the end of the book was a bit weaker and was pretty repetitive, which sort of derailed the momentum of the book for me. But I did enjoy how it ended and the direction that the book took, it was far more realistic than vindicating.
The story itself is far too familiar right now and it was interesting to get to jump right into the mess of it and have an inside look at the way these cases can go, as opposed to just reading headlines. The subject matter was handled delicately, but wasn’t glossed over or sugar coated. Vaughan did a good job of giving a voice to victims and showing how something like this happening, even if it happened many years ago, can deeply affect the course of someone’s life. Both the victim and the accused.
january 23, 2018