Book of the Month (Jan 2019): Anatomy Of A Scandal

I set a goal to read at least 1 book a month. I’ll admit I set this same goal last year and I think in the end it came down to 4 books for the entire year.

This year I am really going to accomplish this goal. I really do like to read so I am not sure why last year was such a fail. It’s all good though, this year I’m marking it in my planner on days that I must read so I can hold myself accountable.

I am also going to be more active on Goodreads so that other books can be recommended to me by the ratings of books that I finish. I also plan to join a bookclub on Goodreads. Seeeee I have a plan.

To kick this off in January, I chose a book recommended by another blogger, PageTurnersNook.

Title: Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Literary fiction

To avoid talking in circles, I’m going to give you the book description provided by Goodreads:

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?

I knowwwww the suspense is crazy.

So now for my review:

From beginning to end this book had me asking: What is going on? The events and the way the story unfolds will make you turn or swipe the pages faster than your eyes are able to read.

The more I kept reading, the more I wondered if this was a true story. The delivery of everything made it seems so real. This story showed just what happens in the world today of those who live privileged lives and have high status jobs that at times can exempt them from crimes and other bad behavior. It also shows just how easily others are willing to cover up for those same people and not once hesistate on what they are doing is wrong.

Ask yourself, what would you do if you thought you knew the truth and learned to live with that wrong only to find out that maybe you don’t have the entire story?

I enjoyed reading this book and it definitely checked the boxes on mystery and suspense.

Have any suggestions of a mystery or suspense book? Do share : )


Current Book List 

  • An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • Suspect – Michael Robotham


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Book of the Month (Jan 2019):        Anatomy Of A Scandal