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Summary

From the best-selling author of Anatomy of a Scandal, soon to be a major Netflix series....

Reputation: it takes a lifetime to build and just one moment to destroy.

Emma Webster is a respectable MP.

Emma Webster is a devoted mother.

Emma Webster is innocent of the murder of a tabloid journalist.

Emma Webster is a liar.

#Reputation: The story you tell about yourself. And the lies others choose to believe.... 

©2021 Sarah Vaughan (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

"Told from multiple points of view, this raw and painfully real portrayal of insecurities, guilt, shame and postnatal anxiety is complex, nuanced and moving." (Guardian)

"People are calling this the new Apple Tree Yard, but I’d beg to differ.... I’d argue its infinitely better" (The Pool)

‘Well-written, pacy and full of twists and turns." (Independent)

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This one felt like hard work - not enough mystery

I enjoyed "Anatomy of a Scandal" but I did find it a little dry so I suppose it was not a huge surprise that I have given up on "Reputation".

Hands up, I am not a political person so this probably was a huge factor in my not engaging but beyond that I just found it heavy going, like homework at times.

The themes of internet revenge by exes and contrasting tight laws on very innocent images of those under the age of consent was very interesting but after a while it seemed too worth and rather like hard work.

Tabloid journalism also a bit of a turn off for me - all a bit gritty and not the escapism I was looking for. Just felt all a bit too up against the coal face for me who enjoys meaty mysteries with a bit of glam escapism and if possibly a glossy, luxe destination thriller as an antidote for the all encompassing drabness of recent times.

I loved the narration by Julie Teal, who put me in mind of the gorgeous dulcet toned Samantha Bond.

I thought the writing was excellent too.

Do I feel terribly shallow returning this title?
Yes, I do as I feel it was a quality listen, just all a bit hard work for me and too little mystery or plot twists although the stalking sequences were very gripping.

Also court cases not my bag either, so I just abandoned ship as life too short to plough though something less exciting than real life.

If you like politics, realism and meaty topics this is for you, if you just want escapism - imagining you are on a sunlounger on a Caribbean beach with a cocktail - feeling blissfully relaxed yet intrigued by fiendishly clever murder mysteries featuring beautiful people preferably in fabulous locations this might be a bit hard going!

Great writing, great narration - just felt like too much hard work - plus all the refences to hearts going pitter pat and racing and thudding and skipping a beat actually made me feel very anxious and uncomfortable especially as a bed time read.

I actually feel relieved I will not have to finish it and feeling like a weight is lifted.
Phew that is a good, good feeling!!!
Sorry Sarah Vaughan -
Just not for me!

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Political drama with pace and intelligent protagonists- I loved this novel

Part thriller, part courtroom drama, part feminist polemic, Sarah Vaughan’s Reputation should be cemented by this well-written, fast-paced novel. For nine years I lived in Kennington and my local pub was in Cleaver Square, and the setting is not the only aspect of the story that resonated; eerily, I was assaulted on the doorstep of my upper ground floor flat much like protagonist in the novel. We’re talking the late 1980s in my case, but dispiritingly for Labour MP Emma, little has changed. Set in 2021-2, it’s very topical, and griping from start to finish. The twists are believably reflections of the characters portrayed, and the pace fast and unrelenting. Julie Teal is the perfect narrator, and If politics and a cast of interesting characters sounds like your cup of tea, I highly recommend this.

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Really good story

Well narrated and well written but somewhat messy after enjoying Anatomy of a Scandal so much that it is safe in my archive for another day. I think that perhaps it was just too long and with so much angst (understandable in the circumstances) that I really felt for all concerned. However, the story became disjointed during the trial sequences that inspire the last third of this novel and I found myself both confused and irritated. Exactly where was this going and just how many characters had played their part in this 'accidental death or murder'. So much so that I just wanted to get to the end so that I knew - and believe me, it became really messy. Too many strands, too many coincidences and too much subterfuge for my liking. But perhaps it will suit you better - and Sarah really does write well.

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Not a patch on Anatomy of a Scandal, the narration was excellent though it kept me listening until the end.

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overall a good tale

but the court case was just too long, the 1st twist about "meet me at my place" was obvious, but I never saw the other twist coming

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A good solid thriller

I listened to this a month ago and can remember little about it except I enjoyed it!

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Brilliant book and very well narrated.

This is such a good novel; it highlights so many issues experienced today not only in the world of politics but in the justice system and difficulties for women in both those institution’s. Never dry or boring, the story is one I couldn’t stop listening to and it is brilliantly narrated. My only concern is that having finished this story, can I find another as good?!

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Not for me!

I love politics, current affairs and independent women. Despite all these things being present here, this book is not for me. I just find it a bit dull and long winded. The narration is very good though.

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A book for our times

Really excellent book brilliantly read . You can feel the visceral anguish of a woman hounded by the press and social media .