Monday, January 1, 2018

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan + BookishFirst!

"My wig slumps on my desk where I have tossed it like flattened road kill. Out of court, I am careless with this crucial part of my wardrobe, showing it the opposite of what it should command: respect. It's handmade from horsehair and worth nearly six hundred pounds, but I want it to age and to accrue the gravitas I sometimes fear I lack. I want the hairline to yellow with years or perspiration, the tight, cream curls to relax or to grey with dust. It's been nineteen years since I was called to the Bar, but my wig is still that of a conscientious new girl - not a barrister who has inherited it from her, or more usually, his father. That's the sort of wig I want: one dulled with the patina of tradition, entitlement, and age."

(Beginning of Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Quotes may be subject to change based on final copy of the book when it's published.)

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Publisher: Atria/ Emily Bestler Books
Date published: 1/23/2018

Genre: Contemporary, fiction
Pages: 400

Anatomy of a Scandal has it all. Vaughan has managed to start off my 2018 with a book that has already left such a big impression on me. This is the second book I've read this month with the theme of rape, and I'm thankful that Vaughan handles the topic with grace and a straight-to-the-facts personality that shows us how deeply this can affect someone one it happens to them.

James is a politician who has been accused of rape. His wife wants to believe he's innocent, but as time goes on the less she's convinced. Kate is the lawyer who has been hired to try to pin James with a guilty verdict, and she's more than one hundred perfect convinced that he is guilty.

A courtroom is the perfect setting for this book, as it blends well with the topic at hand. We get multiple perspectives of different people, and see how looking past past crimes can come back to haunt people if they're not taught a lesson when it happens the first time.

With more women and men speaking up about their past run-ins with sexual harassment or rape in the news today, Vaughan has managed to come up with a book that's both timeless and trendy that packs a real lesson to all of us.

5/5 read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to start their 2018 with a book that they're unable to put down. I gobbled it up in two days tops. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.


  1. Great post.I will definitely read this book.Thanks for this review.

  2. Awesome review! I'll check it out as soon as I get out of all these studying stuff. Hopefully it's as good as your review...

  3. This is a very sad but timely topic. Women are empowering themselves and its about time.

  4. What a great review. I think it is very timely. I will have to add it to my reading list, thanks.

  5. This book sounds interesting. I like reading about crimes.

  6. I have to add this book to my reading list. Thanks for an awesome review. I like crime dramas.

  7. My kind of book I am interested with to buy. Your reviews really convince me that I need to have this book now!

  8. I am just starting this one so glad to see you gave it 5 stars!!!

  9. Nice in-depth review without spoilers. I'll check the book out. =)

  10. This description seems interesting. I think it can be a good gift for an interested teenager.

  11. But why does the cover look similar to the aesthetics of the show Scandal?! LOL I love that show!