I remember last year, I saw Anatomy of a Scandal everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It was always on the top of my TBR list but as life gets in the way, sometimes the list gets reshuffled. However, when we signed up to our library here in Australia – obviously one of the first things we did – when it was sitting there on the ‘Recently Arrived’ shelves, my choice was simple.
Anatomy of a Scandal is part courtroom drama, part portrait of a marriage and part exploration of memory. Written from multiple points of view, it tells the story of an accusation of rape, the court case that follows and the past that it digs up. To say that this read is addictive is an understatement; I completed raced through it, wanting to know what happened next, as the plot unfurled. Sarah Vaughan is gifted in her ability to weave an intense and yet subtle narrative, dropping clues and then bursting open reveals. A timely topic in the wake of MeToo that plants provocative seeds of thought but still delivers a cracking read. *****