Something to hold onto is one’s: Reputation by Sarah Vaughan

This book has summer read in its DNA. It is a novel by the author of Anatomy of a Scandal, a book that was made into a Netflix mini-series with Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery.

Here is an equally absorbing story that kept me always wanting to read just a little more. Readers are drawn into the world of a female MP and those around her. Emma is divorced and mother to teen Flora who is struggling. Emma is not really aware of this however as Flora tries to protect her. Emma’s ex has married Caroline to whom Flora does sometimes confide her worries, leaving Emma to learn of them second hand.

Emma has taken on causes important to women including the issue of revenge porn. Events cascade and as readers learn at the beginning of the novel. Emma becomes involved in a murder investigation. The victim is found in her home.

This book is so aptly named as the reputations of the characters are all on the line. There are the victim of revenge porn, the ways in which Flora’s reputation is ruined by friends and, of course, Emma’s own reputation for which she is fighting.

This is a fast and good read. There are some important issues here but they are delivered within the context of the story. I very much enjoyed waiting to see how matters would resolve themselves.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Atria for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 05 July 2022

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