Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel (Paperback)

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“A nuanced story line perfectly in tune with our #metoo times.” —People, Book of the Week

“One of the season’s most buzzed-about thrillers.” —Bookish

Some people’s secrets are darker than others.

Sophie Whitehouse has a lovely home, two adorable children, and a handsome, successful husband. In other words, she has the “perfect” life. But everything changes the night her husband James comes home and confesses an indiscretion. Suddenly, her neat, ordered world is turned upside down. Did she ever really know the man she married?

And, as it turns out, James’s revelation is just the tip of the iceberg. He stands accused of a terrible crime. But, the truth is even more shocking than anyone ever could have thought. Is James the guilty perpetrator or an innocent victim of a toxic agenda?

In this riveting story of love, revenge, and deception, no one’s motives are pure, but some people’s secrets are much darker than others.

About the Author

Sarah Vaughan studied English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. She spent eleven years at The Guardian as a news reporter and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction. Her first thriller, Anatomy of a Scandal, was an instant international bestseller, translated into twenty-two languages, and has just been filmed for Netflix as a six-part series starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend. Her bestselling novel, Little Disasters, has also been optioned for television. Reputation is her fifth novel. Find out more at

Praise For…

"Vaughan weaves together a juicy courtroom drama set among the British elite and told from the perspectives of three characters . . . Exceptional."
— Entertainment Weekly

"A psychological thriller practically made for the #MeToo era . . . ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a win on every side: it has a gripping plot, but it's also an intelligent, kaleidoscopic look at the conversations surrounding sexual harassment going on today."
— Refinery 29

“Sarah Vaughan is sensational.” 
— Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of I LET YOU GO

"I cared about both women—couldn't put it down . . . really, really, really, really good."
— Marian Keyes, Internationally bestselling author of THE BREAK

"Anatomy of a Scandal completely skewers the zeitgeist; cool, sharp and beautifully written."
— Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of I FOUND YOU

"The world has gone mad for this book. I’m so excited. What an outstanding premise."
— Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of GHOSTED

"ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a compelling and cautionary story about how we can never truly know someone else; how even after twelve years of marriage, a wife might not know everything about her husband. Brilliant, shocking, and gripping, once I started, I couldn't stop reading."
— Claire Fuller, award-winning author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS and SWIMMING LESSONS

“Shocking. Compelling. Completely brilliant.”
— Eve Chase, bestselling author of BLACK RABBIT HALL

"Compelling and timely."
— Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

“I was hooked right from the start. So beautifully written, clever and compelling. I was gripped right up to the final page.” 
— Claire Douglas, bestselling author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing

“I enjoyed ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL immensely – a very elegant dissection of a very messy affair. Loved it.” 
— Louise Candlish, author of THE SWIMMING POOL

"ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a stunningly compelling read--utterly gripping from the first page, beautifully written and expertly plotted. Vaughan brilliantly captures the cloistered world of Britain's elite, which is packed with suspicion, lies, and terrible betrayals. This book is a must-read for 2018--it's impossible to put down and will stay with you long afterwards."
— Sarah J. Harris, author of THE COLOR OF BEE LARKHAM'S MURDER

"A gripping dissection of deceit and desire . . . The definition of a page-turner."
— Elizabeth Day, award-winning author of THE PARTY

"ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is superb. Bitingly truthful, intelligent, gripping. All round class act."
— Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT SHE KNEW

"Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal is just that — a gradual unearthing of long-held secrets and betrayals, followed by a front-row seat for the lives that unravel as a result. Suspenseful and shocking, centered around an important moral issue that makes it especially intense, Anatomy of a Scandal is a nuanced, highly addictive read that resonates long after the final word."
— Kimberly Belle, New York Times bestselling author of THE MARRIAGE LIE

"Deftly plotted and superbly well researched, with an eerie relevance to the current debate surrounding the attitudes to and experiences of women in Westminster, Hollywood, and beyond. An intelligent, absorbing page-turner that avoids all knee-jerk assumptions and easy answers."
— Laura Barnett, internationally bestselling author of THE VERSIONS OF US

"Sarah Vaughan writes about the heartbreaking consequences of sexual abuse and the abuse of power with real compassion as she takes us on a journey from modern day Westminster to 1990s Oxford University and back again."
— Karin Salvaloggio, critically-acclaimed author of SILENT RAIN

"You won't want to miss . . . Anatomy of a Scandal."
— USA Today

"This exhilarating novel, which switches between Sophie's, Kate's, and James' points of view, will have readers thinking about justice and truth and whether you can ever really, fully know someone."
— Real Simple "Best Books of 2018"

"It's that rare thing--a book that wholly merits the buzz it's been getting . . . a thoughtful if heartbreaking and, at times, hard-to-read exploration of the complexities of the emotions surrounding sexual violence."
— Book Riot

"An eerily well-timed novel, Anatomy of a Scandal is an incisive examination of a rape accusation from the perspective of two different women."
— Bustle

"For fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Big Little Lies."
— Book Riot

"A close observation of character and people, their personal stories, and ultimately, their scandals."
— Mystery Scene Magazine

"Fascinating and suspenseful."
— Bluestocking Reviews

"This is an extraordinarily written tale about power, prestige, and the skeletons in the closet. Highly recommended!"
— "Dee"va with a Blog

"This exhilarating novel . . . will have readers thinking about justice and truth and whether you can ever really, fully know someone."
— Real Simple

"Moving between the present and the past, this is a timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believe."
— Stylist

"Sarah Vaughan drip feeds revelations while exploring the power and privilege of political elite."
— Good Housekeeping

"When does consensual sex cross the line into rape? This is the question at the heart of this breathtaking novel . . . Lovely prose with a raw and poignant tone made this a one-sitting read!"
— Goodreads, 5 Stars

"Un-put-down-able. This has the intrigue and suspense of GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN, but is extra chilling because it lacks the extremism that makes those situations pure fiction. The events of this book - the political scandal, the affair, the criminal trial, the personal repercussions of every decision - could happen just as they're laid out, and that makes this book just that much more chilling."
— Goodreads, 5 Stars

"This is an outstanding book, wonderfully written and a sensitive portrayal of an all too topical issue. Deserves every one of its five stars and should be huge when it's published."
— Goodreads, 5 Stars

"Through a series of flashbacks and present-day accounts, Sarah Vaughan spins a chilling tale of appearance versus reality, lies versus the truth, and where we all fall in between."
— Goodreads, 5 Stars

"You don't know what the word 'gripping' means until you've read ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL. Wow." 
— Goodreads, 5 Stars

"This engrossing, masterfully crafted thriller is a story of money, abuse of power, revenge, and the pursuit of justice. This story feels like it has been ripped from the headlines." 

— Goodreads, 5 Stars
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982167608
ISBN-10: 1982167602
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English