Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

'People are calling this the new Apple Tree Yard, but I’d beg to differ – fast, pacy and with enough twists and turns to keep you gripped right to the end, 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
'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 Yardsensational’ Clare Mackintosh

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face 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.

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

‘Sarah Vaughan drip feeds revelations while exploring the power and privilege of political elite’ Good Housekeeping
‘Think last year’s drama Liar with a dash of Apple Tree YardSunday Mirror: Notebook
‘A timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believeStylist
Expertly plotted courtroom drama … Gripping and beautifully writtenSunday Post
'Told from multiple viewpoints, with meticulously researched courtroom detail, characters so well defined they walk off the page and a cracking twist, this compelling courtroom drama lives up to the pre-publication buzz'  – woman & home
 ‘An eerily timely and much-hyped page-turner about Sophie – wife of James, a Westminster figure accused of a terrible crime – and Kate, the barrister prosecuting him. Deep, dark and full of drama’ – RED
There are scandals and secrets aplenty in this electrifying read. Fans of ITV’s Liar will love this’ - Prima
 'The elegant plot twists and turns, but it’s the gender and sexual politics that make this thriller such a compelling read. Exploring notions of consent, public personas, insidious abuse and predators’ reliance on shame, Vaughan has tapped right into the zeitgeist' – Emerald Street
 'This taut, dark read about privilege, politics and power is one of 2018’s big-hitters… Part courtroom drama, part domestic noir, it’s not to be missed' – Fabulous
'Addictive, absorbing and utterly brilliant, it ought to top the best-seller lists this year' Sunday Mirror
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471164996 | 
  • January 2018
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About the Author

Sarah Vaughan
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Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan is a former journalist who now lives in Cambridge with her family. This is her third novel.