On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Sarah Vaughan, Reputation. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
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…
I’m a huge fan of Sarah Vaughan’s writing. Her latest novel, Reputation, explores the darker side of politics and what it is like for a woman to be in the public eye. She explores some tough themes in her latest book, which include trolling on social media and what you would do to protect someone you love. What it also highlights well is how someone’s reputation can take a lifetime to build and days to destroy, which is why the title of the novel is so perfect. It’s a novel which feels very current.
There are some very powerful scenes in Sarah’s book. We are introduced to MP Emma Webster who has recently appeared in a Guardian article, which has prompted some individuals online, to send her nasty and threatening messages on social media. What Sarah Vaughan highlights here is how scary it must be for people who are in the public eye. Particularly, on social media, people feel they can say anything about that person, without consequences. This is something, I feel, isn’t talked about enough and there needs to be something done to tackle and stop it. It is abhorrent that people can hide behind a computer screen, and think they can get away with anything they put on the web.
Sarah Vaughan also explores the relationship between Emma and her daughter which becomes an important part of this book. We see just how having a mother in the public eye affects her daughter and how scared she is about her mother becoming a target for trolls online and potentially, more dangerous people. The emotion comes across very strongly and Sarah Vaughan delves into Emma’s daughter’s feelings and fears.
I thought it was really interesting the direction in which Sarah Vaughan took this novel and it wasn’t the way in which I expected it to go. We know from the opening page that Emma Webster has done something terrible. I liked how Sarah gradually revealed what happened prior to this event taking place. The tension continued to tick up a notch and I had to know what was going to happen and how Emma would tackle the challenges that come up against her. It was very cleverly wrapped up and it has left me thinking what is happening in the character’s lives.
Since I read Anatomy of a Scandal, I knew then that Sarah Vaughan would become a must-read author for me. Reputation is a highly addictive and a very clever book. I highly recommend it!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication day: 3rd March 2022
Print length: 480 pages
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