Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan | ARC Review

anatomy of a scandal

Pages: 392
Publication: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release date: January 23, 2018
How I got the copy: Simon & Schuster Canada
Rating: 1/5

I’d been putting this book off for probably over a year and I should have just left it unread. I didn’t enjoy this one bit and I’m surprised I even finished it. Anatomy of a Scandal is about a scandal within Britain’s elite and the women within it. Typical… right? It’s also just so slow-paced and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all.

I’m so tired of female characters in mystery/suspense novels not believing in themselves. Why are these female characters so timid and why do they have such low self-esteem? Sometime with no thoughts of their own and just milling around until their husbands bark orders or suggest who they are. In Anatomy of a Scandal it was too much for me and I couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t enjoy reading it and I didn’t like that the women were weak and allowed people to treat them like shit. And mostly, because they didn’t want to be perceived a certain way by their peers, friends and family.

There’s a situation in this book that I didn’t believe one bit regarding Kate, the lawyer. I believe that a strong, determined women that knows about laws and fights to prosecute people every single day would have fought harder and wouldn’t have risked her career. That’s all I’ll say about this in order to keep this spoiler free.

This is a legal mystery and I had no idea going into it. It doesn’t say anywhere either. Not knowing this definitely had an impact on my overall enjoyment of this. Mostly, because I was in the mood for a good mystery or thriller. One that would keep me on the edge of my seat and have me gripping the book all the way to the end. But instead I got a slow-paced book that doesn’t thrill very much at all.

Usually I love reading from multiple points-of-views but I dreaded reading this multiple POV. I didn’t find anything really different or original. And it’s not like I’m looking for something that’s never been done before so with the story also being very slow, boring and the fact that I had zero investment in any of it reading from multiple POV’s didn’t help.

To say the least, reading this just dragged and this book didn’t click for me. Nasty, over the top, husbands with the main character staying with her husband and STILL loving him after all the news and evidence presented to her is delusional! It doesn’t make sense! It’s 2019, come on… let’s get this moving. Don’t stay with trash. You deserve better. PERIOD.

No lie, I probably ended up skimming a lot of the end to finish this one. I didn’t have the patience to read every single word of this book anymore. Anatomy of a Scandal has a decent rating on Goodreads so this one just wasn’t for me but it could just as well be for you. Who knows until you try it.

Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape, abuse.


*A copy of this book was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*