Published by Emily Bestler Books on January 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
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An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.
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?
This centers around a married couple, who are at the center of a scandal that has rocked their little British community. They were once college sweethearts, later to find themselves married with children, living the dream. Only, they were about to have a rude awakening.
Sophie Whitehouse has lived happily with her handsome and successful husband, and her two adoring children for years now. Their home is gorgeous, their children want for nothing, and they are well loved. Kate believes she has everything she could ask for. Her world start to crumble on the night her husband tells her of his affair. It is soon in the papers, and then he is charged with a horrible crime against the woman he had the affair with. Then the trial takes place. I will give Sophie a lot of credit, she did stand by him, she did her best to protect her children from the scandal that was going on around them. Don’t know if I would have been able to be so understanding and supportive. But from the outside, James said all the right things. He was handsome, caring, successful and climbing his way up the ladder in the Palace of Westminister. His children loved him dearly, and so did those who knew him. But this was also a man who knew how to get what he wanted. Some would call it determination, and other’s would call it arrogance.
The slower pace worked very well with everything going on. Especially with the alternating POV’s between the past and the present being from Sophie, James and from Kate, who I will get to in just a minute. The courtroom setting was definitely intense and intimidating and the trial progressed, it revealed a lot about those involved in the case. Kate, is the Queen Court Prosecutor, the criminal barrister for sexual crimes, she does her job extremely well and gives it her undivided attention. So, it was no surprise when she was given the high profile case of James Whitehouse. As the story goes along, it becomes clear that Kate is willing to put her own job at stake to get a conviction. Why is this case so different for her? It begged the question, was there something more to this specific case that rattled her? Or was she just that sure he was guilty?
The courtroom scenes were filled with drama and suspense, and it certainly kept me wanting to know more of what happened, was he guilty? What was Sophie going to do? What about the victim when this was all over with. With so many question, I had to keep turning the pages to find out, I found the ending to be a fairly satisfying one. A few little twists here and there were revealed along the way. It was all really well done. Anatomy of a Scandal was a slow burning thriller filled with deeply buried secrets and deceptions.
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