Books from the Backlog #212

Posted May 5, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 22 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #212Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Published by Atria Books on January 23, 2018
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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Some people’s secrets are darker than others.

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?

Why did I add Anatomy of a Scandal to my bookshelf?

You are probably not surprised that this is another book hanging out on my past due NetGalley shelf. It looks like this book has been made into a Netflix show which might be a sign that it is time to dust the virtual dust off of this one and give it a try. I don’t know why I didn’t read it when I first downloaded it because it sounds like something that I would probably like. I am hoping that I can tackle this one sometime in May.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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About Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan studied English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. She spent eleven years at The Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent, and political correspondent. Sarah lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

22 responses to “Books from the Backlog #212

  1. I just watched Anatomy of A Scandal on Netflix and it sounds just like this. I wonder if the limited series if based on the book? I liked the show quite a bit.

  2. I thought this was adapted when I saw the title. So, with that, it’s a good time to get that review out there. You know every time they adapt a book, everyone runs out and reads it.

    • That was exactly what I was thinking. I am trying to knock out all of those past due books in a way that makes sense.

  3. I knew this book sounded familiar so I must have seen a mention of the Netflix show. This sounds good but this is the kind of book I tend to save for the perfect mood which doesn’t always occur. I hope you enjoy it!