Timely Crime Fiction

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ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a timely piece of crime fiction discussing the ever present issue of rape going unreported and the repercussions for those who do report. Vaughan constructs a story that easily could have been ripped from an episode of Law and Order: SVU or today’s headlines. Approaching 400 pages, this novel is on the longer side for the genre and could certainly stand to be paired down in some areas. Despite the length, the pages are eloquently written, which allows the reader to effortlessly become absorbed in the plot. My biggest issue is with the way this book has been marketed to the public. It is not a story filled with thrills and suspense, as the marketing campaign would have you believe. In fact, the plot to the novel can be a bit predictable in places. ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a slow-burn, character study focusing on how the events of the past can impact one’s future. This novel is perfect for fans of courtroom drama television looking for a story that will keep you engaged and wanting to know more about those at the center of the storyline.