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Pub Date 05 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 19 Jul 2022
Atria Books, Atria/Emily Bestler Books


“Astonishingly timely and clever, it’s also utterly gripping.” —Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sarah Vaughan has done it again. Superb.” —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author

The bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—now a hit Netflix series—returns with a new psychological thriller about a politician whose less-than-perfect personal life is thrust into the spotlight when a body is discovered in her home.

As a politician, Emma has sacrificed a great deal for her career—including her marriage and her relationship with her daughter, Flora.

A former teacher, the glare of the spotlight is unnerving for Emma, particularly when it leads to countless insults, threats, and trolling as she tries to work in the public eye. As a woman, she knows her reputation is worth its weight in gold but as a politician, she discovers it only takes one slip-up to destroy it completely.

Fourteen-year-old Flora is learning the same hard lessons at school as she encounters heartless bullying. When another teenager takes her own life, Emma lobbies for a new law to protect women and girls from the effects of online abuse. Now, Emma and Flora find their personal lives uncomfortably intersected…but then the unthinkable happens.

A man is found dead in Emma’s home. A man she had every reason to be afraid of and to want gone. Fighting to protect her reputation, and determined to protect her family at all costs, Emma is pushed to the limits as the worst happens and her life is torn apart.

Another breathless and twisty novel from an absolute “master of suspense” (CrimeReads), Reputation brilliantly illustrates that it isn’t who you are that matters…it’s who people think you are.
“Astonishingly timely and clever, it’s also utterly gripping.” —Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sarah Vaughan has done it again. Superb.” —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling...

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With all the buzz surrounding the big release of Anatomy of a Scandal, on Netflix, lets not forget the main reason why we have this fabulous mini series to binge watch........ Sarah Vaughan.

I mean, in truth, does she really need an introduction, It's Sarah Vaughan!!!

So, after reading Anatomy of a Scandal and also binge watching the series, I knew I would continue to read everything this amazing author ever publishes. This led me straight to "Reputation" . Even the title sounds incredible let alone the killer cover!

I am all about this book and you need to be too.

I instantly gravitate and admire a bad ass main character. Emma is literally the poster child for success but when a body is found in her apartment she is about to lose everything and we all know, reputation is everything.

Although at times the build up had me overly stressed out, I understand now why the author lead us in such direction, the ending proved to be one of the best endings I have ever read and was worth the wait.

So, my question now is, what are you waiting for? Head on over to your favorite online book store and pre-order Reputation! Due out July 5, 2022 I pinky promise, you do not want to miss this one!

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I love books featuring smart, ambitious women and this one hit the mark as someone who was an MP in England while also a single mother. She would do anything to protect her job and her daughter and it's emotionally gripping what happens to her in the second half of the book when her reputation is damaged. Is she innocent? What really happened that night? Read to find out!

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What an amazing and relevant book! Fantastically written, with superb character development! A story that is very relevant and important today, written in a honest, realistic, and engrossing way! Fast paced, unputdownable, and intense! I’ve not yet read Vaughn’s first book, but will have to soon, as she definitely knows how to write an amazing thrill ride! A twisted tale, full of twisty turns, thrills, chills, and shocks! Cannot recommend enough!

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Emma has excelled to make her passion for social causes and helping people become a reality. As an elected MP, she has the opportunity to make a difference by enacting laws that will benefit those less empowered.

However, Emma’s life begins spiraling out of control after a seemingly isolated incident involving an attendee at an open meeting for the public. Then a man is found at the bottom of her stairs and an investigation begins.

She knew the drawbacks to losing autonomy when she ran for office, but didn’t expect the escalating vitriol from hidden readers of online platforms. As a public figure, she’s battered with the opinions of others and her reputation and self-assurance falter.

I think this is a first for me to read about a female politician and I found Emma’s perspective enormously intriguing. She’s an empathetic character and I appreciated her confidence. It was difficult to witness her self worth take repeated hits.

From the beginning, this is a taut complicated story immersed in social issues. Bullying both at the adolescent and adult level are centered around the mystery.

I highly recommend this If you like:

~Intelligent and unapologetically strong women characters.

~Current issues include gender inequality, cyber-bullying, ethical boundaries (and lack of) by the media, among others.

This was my second by the author having enjoyed Anatomy of a Scandal previously. I loved this one even more! I was riveted even though it wasn’t easily read.

Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah Vaughan, and Atria & Emily Bestler Books for my electronic copy in advance of July 5, 2022 publication.

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