Emma Webster’s star is on the rise. She’s an ambitious member of English Parliament fighting for women’s causes including protection from online abuse. She’s divorced and is trying to make time for her 14-year-old daughter Flora. After she is featured in a major newspaper article, which included a photo that made her look more like a femme fatale than a politician, the media trolls start to come out and she is besieged by threatening messages. Her daughter is also struggling, trying to deal with bullying at school. When a dead body is found at the foot of Emma’s stairs, Emma has to explain what truly happened. And she needs to stop lying.
Reputation is an engaging and timely mystery thriller that kept me glued. A portion of the book is set in the courtroom, which was well done. Author Sarah Vaughan addresses some important topics and keeps the suspense going as Emma finds herself going from the victim to the accused. It shows how quickly someone’s reputation can rise and fall and how women in high places are judged very differently. (If you have not heard of the author before, her book Anatomy of a Scandal was adapted for the popular Netflix series of the same name.)
Many thanks to Atria/Emily Bestler Books for the opportunity to read Reputation in advance of its U.S. publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
U.S. Publication Date: July 5, 2022.
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