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〸 Easy reader ☈ Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about (English Edition)  ⏝ Kindle By Sarah Vaughan ⏳ 〸 Easy reader ☈ Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about (English Edition) ⏝ Kindle By Sarah Vaughan ⏳ Sophie has never thought of her husband as a liar She knows he dissembles, yes Thats part of his joba willingness to be economical with the truth A prerequisite, even for a government minister But she has never imagined he would lie to her Or rather, that he might have a life she knows nothing about a secret that could detonate beneath her lovingly maintained world and blow it apart forever Watching him that Friday, as he leaves to take the children to school, she feels a stab of love so fierce she pauses on the stairs just to drink in the tableau of the three of them together They are framed in the doorway, James turning to call goodbye, left arm raised in that politicians wave she used to mock but which now seems second nature, right hand cradling Finns head Their sonfringe falling in his eyes, socks bagging round his anklesscuffs at the tiles, reluctant, as ever, to go His elder sister, Emily, ducks through the doorway age nine, determined not to be late Well, bye, then, her husband calls, and the autumn sun catches the top of his still boyish crop, illuminating him with a halo, highlighting his six foot three frame Bye, Mum, her daughter shouts, as she runs down the steps Bye, Mummy Finn, thrown by the change to his routine his father taking them to school for oncejuts out his bottom lip and flushes red Come on, little man James steers him through the door competent, authoritative even, and she almost resents the fact that she still finds this attractive, commanding Then he smiles down at his boy and his entire face softens Finn is his weak spot You know youll enjoy it when you get there He slips his arm over his sons shoulders and guides him down their neat, West London garden, with its sculpted bay trees standing like sentinels and its path fringed with lavender, away from her and out down the street My family, she thinks, watching the perfect looking trio goher girl racing ahead to embrace the day, all skinny legs and swishing ponytail, her boy slipping his hand into his fathers and looking up at him with that unashamed adoration that comes with being six The similarity between man and boyfor Finn is a miniaturized version of his fatheronly magnifies her love I have a beautiful boy and a beautiful man, she thinks, as she watches Jamess broad shouldersa one time rowers shouldersand waits, in hope than expectation, for him to look back and smile at her, for she has never managed to grow immune to his charisma Of course he doesnt and she watches as they slip out of sight The most precious people in her world That world crumbles at 8 43 p.m James is late She should have known he would be It is an alternate Friday one in which he is holding a constituency meeting, deep in the Surrey countryside, in a brightly lit village hall When he had first been elected, they had stayed there every weekend decamping to a cold, damp cottage that had never quite felt like home, despite their extensive renovations One election on, and it was a relief to give up the pretense that Thurlsdon was where they wanted to spend half their week Lovely in the summer months, yes, but bleak in winter, when she would stare out at the bare trees fringing their hamlet garden and try to placate their urban children, who wanted the bustle and distraction of their real, North Kensington home They venture there once a month now, and James schleps down for a meeting in the intervening fortnight Two hours on a Friday afternoon he promised to leave by six He has a driver now that he is junior minister and should have been back by seven thirtytraffic permitting They are supposed to be going to friends for a kitchen supper Well, she says friends Matt Frisk is another junior ministeraggressively ambitious in a way that doesnt sit well with their set, where success is understood as inevitable but naked ambition considered vulgar But he and Ellie are near neighbors and she couldnt easily put them off again Sophie had said they would be there by eight fifteen It was ten past now, so where was he The October evening crept against the sash windows black softened by the glow of the street lamps, autumn stealing in She loves this time of year It reminds her of fresh starts, running through the leaves in Christ Church Meadows as a fresher, giddy at the thought of new worlds opening up to her Since having children, it has been a time to nest to cosset with log fires, roast chestnuts, take brisk, crisp walks, and make game casseroles But now, the autumn night was taut with apprehension Footsteps tottered down the pavement and a womans laugh rang out, flirtatious A deeper voice murmured Not Jamess The footsteps rose and fell, died away She pressed redial His mobile rang then clicked to voicemail She jabbed the sleek face of her phonerattled at her loss of customary self control Dread tightened her stomach and for a moment she was back in the chill lodge of her Oxford college, the wind whistling through the quad, as she waited for the pay phone to ring The look of sympathy from a college porter The chill fearso intense in that last week of her first summer termthat something still terrible was about to happen Age nineteen and willing him to call, even then Eight fourteen She tried again, hating herself for doing it His phone clicked straight through to voicemail She plucked at a piece of imaginary lint, rearranged her friendship bracelets, and glanced critically at her nailsneatly filed, unvarnished, unlike Ellies gleaming gelled slicks Footsteps on the stairs A childs voice Is Daddy back No, go back to bed Her tone came out harsher than she intended Emily stared, one eyebrow raised Just climb back into bed, sweetheart, she added, her voice softening as she chased her daughter up the stairs, heart quickening as she turned the corner and bundled her under the covers You should be settling down, now He wont be long Can he come and say goodnight when he gets in Emily pouted, impossibly pretty Well, were going out, but if youre still awake I will be Her daughters determinationthe set of her jaw, the implacable self beliefmarked her out as her fathers daughter Then Im sure hell come up Sophie gave her a quick peck on the forehead, to curb further arguments, and tucked the duvet around her I dont want you out of bed again, though Understand Cristinas babysitting just like normal Ill send Daddy up when he gets back Eight seventeen She forced herself not to ring his number She has never been the sort of wife who behaves like a stalker, but there was something about this complete silence that chilled her It just wasnt like him She imagined him stuck on the M25, working his way through his papers in the back of his car He would call, text, send an email, not leave her waitingthe au pair hanging around the kitchen, keen for them to disappear so that she can curl up on the sofa and have the house to herself Sophies carefully touched up face becoming a little less perfect the flowers bought for the Frisks wilting in their wrapping on the table in the hall Eight twenty one She would call the Frisks at half past But that deadline came and still she didnt ring Eight thirty five, thirty six, thirty seven Aware that it was bad form to do so, at eight forty she sent Ellie Frisk a brief, apologetic text explaining that something had cropped up in the constituency and they were terribly sorry but they wouldnt be able to make it, after all The Times had a piece on the Islamic State by Will Stanhope but the words of her old college contemporary washed over her It might as well be a story about dinosaur astronauts, read to Finn, to the extent to which it engaged her Every part of her was attuned to one thing And there it is The sound of his key in the door A scrape and then a hiss as the heavy oak eases open The sound of his footsteps slower than normal, not his usual brisk, assertive tread Then the thud of his red box being put down, the weight of responsibility abandoned for a whileas glorious a sound, on a Friday night, as the slosh of dry white wine being poured from a bottle The jangle of keys on the hall table And then silence again James She comes into the hall His beautiful face is grey, his smile taut and not reaching his eyes, where his light crows feet seemed deeper than usual Youd better cancel the Frisks I have done He shrugs off his coat and hangs it up carefully, averting his face She pauses then slips her arms around his waisthis honed waist that deepens to form a V, like the trunk of a sapling that burgeons outwardsbut he reaches back and gently eases them away James The cold in the pit of her stomach flares Is Cristina here Yes Well, send her to her room, will you We need to talk in private Right Her heart flutters as she hears her voice come out clipped He gives her another tight smile, and a note of impatience creeps into his voice, as if she is a disobliging child, or perhaps, a tardy civil servant Can you do it now, please, Sophie She stares back at him, not recognizing his moodso different to what she had expected He massages his forehead with firm, long fingers, and his green eyes close briefly, the lashesdisarmingly longkissing his cheeks Then, his eyes flash open, and the look he gives her is the one Finn gives when he is trying to preempt a telling off and plead forgiveness Its the look James gave her twenty three years ago before confessing to the crisis that had threatened to overwhelm him, that had caused them to split up, that still sometimes causes her to shiver, and that she fears is about to rear its head again Im sorry, Soph So sorry And it is as if he is carrying not just the weight of his jobundersecretary of state for countering extremismbut responsibility for the entire government Ive fucked up big time Her name was Olivia Lyttonthough Sophie had always just thought of her as Jamess parliamentary researcherfive foot ten, twenty eight, blonde, well connected, confident, ambitious I expect shell be dubbed the blonde bombshell She tries for acerbic, but her voice just comes out as shrill The affair had been going on for five months, and he had broken it off a week ago, just after the party conference It meant nothing, James says, head in hands, no pretense that he is anything other than penitent He leans back, wrinkling his nose as he trots out another clich It was just sex, and I was flattered She swallows, rage pushing against her chest, barely contain able Well, thats OK then His eyes darken as he takes in her pain There was nothing wrong with that part of us You know that He can usually read her so clearly a skill honed over two decades, one of the things that binds them so closely I just made a foolish mistake She waits, poised on the sofa opposite, for her anger to subside sufficiently for her to speak civilly, or for him to bridge the distance between them To reach out a tentative hand, or at least offer a smile But he is rooted there head bowed, elbows on knees, fingers touching as if in prayer At first, she despises this show of sanctimonya Blairite trope, the penitent politicianand then she softens as his shoulders shake, just the once, not with a sob but with a sigh For a moment, she sees her mother as her charming, rakish father confessed to yet another indiscretion Ginnys dry resignation, and then the quickly suppressed flash of pain in her marine blue eyes Perhaps this is what all husbands do Sorrow surges, then anger It shouldnt be like this Their marriage is different Founded on love and trust and a sex life that she does her very best to maintain She has made compromises in her life, and God knows, she took a huge leap of faith when they got back together But the one certainty was that their relationship is solid Her vision begins to blur, her gaze filming with tears He looks up and catches her eyeand she wishes he hadnt Theres something else, he says Of course he wouldnt confess to an affair without a reason Is she pregnant The wordsugly but necessarydiscolor the space between them No, of course not She feels herself relax a little No half sibling for Emily and Finn No proof of a liaison No need to share him in any other way And then he looks up with a grimace Her nails bite into her palm in sharp crescents, and she sees that her knuckles are ivory pearls thrusting through the red of her skin What could be worse than some other woman having his child, or perhaps choosing to abort his child Other people knowing The affair, a particularly juicy piece of gossip, dropped into the ear of a favored few in the Commons tea rooms until it becomes general knowledge Who knows His colleagues The PM Other MPs wives What about Ellie She imagines Ellies silly, plump face alight with barely suppressed pity Perhaps she already knows and recognized her lie of a text Sophie forces herself to breathe deeply They can deal with this move beyond it They have experienced far worse, havent they There is no crime in having a quick fling It can be brushed over, quickly forgotten, absorbed And then James says something that takes this to a damaging, corrosive level that strikes her in the solar plexus hard as she contemplates a scenario so terrible that, fool that she is, she hadnt quite seen coming The storys about to break.Sarah Vaughan is sensational Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of I LET YOU GO I cared about both womencouldnt put it down really, really, really, really good Marian Keyes, Internationally bestselling author of THE BREAK ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL is a compelling and cautionary story about how we can never truly know someone else how even after twelve years of marriage, a wife might not know everything about her husband Brilliant, 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    • Anatomy of a Scandal: The Sunday Times bestseller everyone is talking about (English Edition)
    • 2.4
    • 180
    • Format Kindle
    • 416 pages
    • Sarah Vaughan
    • Anglais
    • 25 January 2017

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