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Anatomy of a ScandalAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started off lost in the prickly, weedy dark craggy coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Anatomy of a Scandal with only one of us staying in this coulee and the rest of us leaving to find a grassy spot to take a nap.

Anatomy of a Scandal is a slow-burning, intelligent legal thriller that explores a scandal amongst the privileged and the women involved. For most of us, we struggled with this one grabbing our attention from the start and had to fight the urge to crawl into a nice grassy spot and have a nap. As we started to doze off Sarah Vaughan caught our attention with a very clever twist however the legal procedure weighed the story down for us and we gave in and drifted off in our grassy spot.

For most of us, we needed a faster more action-packed thriller to keep our attention and to keep us engaged enough to really appreciate this story. We recommend to readers who like legal thrillers.

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sarah Vaughan for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Lindsay’s Review

This novel follows the aftermath of and investigation into a sexual assault scandal involving a high power politician and one of his employees.

I found the storyline intriguing enough to keep me curious until the end, however, this novel really dragged for me. I found the pacing slow, the characters unlikeable and the content jumped all over the place. I had a hard time staying focused and felt that there were several parts of the book that could have been omitted while not taking away from the story (in fact, it may add to it).

Perhaps it was just a timing thing after finishing a few really great reads, but this one just didn’t work for me. There are many glowing reviews out there so I strongly suggest reading those before making a decision on this book.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sarah Vaughan for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!


8 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. Christine says:

    Well, blah! Off the list it goes as you gals tend to like stuff I do.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I passed on this one too, Christine! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lindsay says:

    Was fun reading this with you even though we didn’t love it as much as we hoped. xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad that you had fun reading this one Lindsay even though you all didn’t love it as much as you had hoped too! I might pass on this one! 🙂


  3. abbywd says:

    Great post! I felt the same way. I had hoped for a faster paced book. Other might enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Abby! I missed out on reading this one with the rest of the Traveling Sisters……looks like maybe it was okay that I did.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Susanne says:

    Drat! Sorry this was such a disappointment for both of you! I wish we had all liked it better. On to the next I say!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Looks like maybe this one was a good one to miss? lol


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