You’re calling it sexual harassment. He says he was just fooling around.

The Affair meets Luckiest Girl Alive. Sophie thinks she's married a handsome, charismatic British politician, when he's actually starting to look like an ex-frat boy getting away with multiple accounts of rape. Will he get off scott-free?

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The Author
Sarah Vaughnan was a former Guardian journalist, news reporter, and political correspondent. Her debut novel, The Art of Baking Blind, was published by Hodder & Stoughton, St. Martin's Press in seven other languages. The Farm at the Edge of the World was published in June 2016 and will be published in Germany and France. Anatomy of a Scandal will be published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, US and Canada, and translated into 14 languages.

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?

James Whitehouse is keeping secrets, and Sophie is slowly starting to realize who he really is after years of "knowing him" in college and in marriage. But Kate has known his true behavior long before now...
The Author
Sarah Vaughnan was a former Guardian journalist, news reporter, and political correspondent. Her debut novel, The Art of Baking Blind, was published by Hodder & Stoughton, St. Martin’s Press in seven other languages. The Farm at the Edge of the World was published in June 2016 and will be published in Germany and France. Anatomy of a Scandal will be published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, US and Canada, and translated into 14 languages.
Early Feedback
ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a compelling and cautionary story about how we can never truly know someone else. Brilliant, shocking, and gripping, once I started, I couldn't stop reading.”
~ Claire Fuller, bestselling author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS ~

Why Yes?
Compelling page turner, brilliantly written, well thought out and complex plot, well-developed characters

Why Now?
  1. Story that can easily be ripped from the headlines
  2. Recent legislation about consent/women's rights
  3. Brock Turner case
  4. Current news is all about perception-We want to believe charismatic leaders tell the truth

It's Like...
The Affair meets Luckiest Girl Alive

Perfect For…
Perfect for fans of drama, scandal, and mystery who have feminist tendencies.

Heavy or Light?
Light with heavy emotion.