Vaughan’s storytelling is not only masterful, but its themes will linger in the mind, long after it’s been put down.
— Press Assocation
The much discussed ‘marriage thriller’ is still going strong if Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal – the first of this year’s hyped psychological thrillers – is anything to go by...but Vaughan’s take on the classic formula is both meatier and timelier than previous incarnations...Reminiscent of Elizabeth Day’s...The Party...[and] Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard...it’s well written, pacy, and full of twists and turns.
— The Indendent
Allegations of sexual scandal in Westminster could hardly be more timely...and this engrossing tale feels completely authentic....Written by a former political journalist, it’s full of brilliantly realised characters and crackling dialogue. If there’s any justice it will top bestseller lists.
— The Sunday Mirror
January sees a load of gripping books hit the shelves and this taut, dark read is one of 2018’s big hitters...Part courtroom drama, part domestic noir, it’s not to be missed.
— The Sun, Fabulous magazine
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 its pre-publication buzz.
— Woman and 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.
A sex pest in Westminster is the timely premise for Anatomy of a Scandal...Vaughan drip-feeds revelations while exploring the power and privilege of the political elite.
— Good Housekeeping
There are scandals and secrets aplenty in this electrifying read.
Sarah Vaughan takes us into the dark recesses of what goes on in the corridors of power when a privileged man feels it is his right to take what he wants from a woman. This skilfully written story is set to be the blockbuster of the year, rivalling Apple Tree Yard in twists and tension. I couldn’t put it down.
— My Weekly
Vaughan weaves together a juicy courtroom drama set among the British elite....This exceptional novel marks the perfect nerve-wracking start to the new year in books.
— Entertainment Weekly (US)
One of those rare novels that rides a zeitgeist with perfect timing...sensational, slickly-written, whip-smart. Deftly depicting the dark underbelly of privilege and power at work in our political system, Vaughan’s gripping novel will have you hooked from the first page. If you loved Apple Tree Yard and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, make this your must-read not just for this month, but this year.
A strong choice for book clubs...savvy, propulsive courtroom drama.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review.)
Vaughan offers gripping insight into a political scandal’s hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilege...Absorbing, polished.
— Booklist (starred review.)
Skilfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are...Sinewy, engrossing, twist-filled.
— Publishers weekly (starred review.)
Standout among the packed playing field of cerebral whodunnits this thriller season is Anatomy of a Scandal. It’s a brilliant read that is both quintessentially British (it evokes the terse skill of PD James) and on-point with a plot that tackles sexual predation, victim shaming and coercive control. 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
A timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believe.
— Stylist magazine (10 must reads.)
Brilliant. A plot that is so deftly constructed you’ll feel as if you’re on a rollercoaster with a blindfold. It’s an absolute masterpiece - prepare to be very impressed.
A lot of reviews claim that a novel had them “hooked from the start” - but with this story, it’s painfully true....The thorny issue of consent is tackled sensitively, while exploring the consequences of the case on both women and the past demons it exposes.
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
Gripping. A savage indictment of class, privilege and toxic masculinity in Britain ... Almost impossible to put down
— Louise O'Neill
One of the best books you’ll read this year.
Impressive...This clever plot raises many issues of the moment.
— The Times
Once the trial starts, you could not have prised the book from my hands for love or money.
— Sunday Express.
Themes of harassment and privilege are at the heart of this gripping tale of dark goings-on at Westminster...page-turning...deft...timely.
— The Observer