Mini Book Review: ‘Reputation’ by Sarah Vaughan

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan is not so much a political thriller as a thriller about a politician, and very engrossing it is too.

Labour MP Emma Webster is on trial for the murder of a tabloid journalist after her campaign against revenge porn goes awry. Before her fall from grace, she is subjected to vicious harassment on social media.

Vaughan has clearly done her research; she skilfully evokes a high-pressure political environment without getting bogged down in the intricacies. Topical issues such as trolling and media intrusion are efficiently woven into the story. However, the real message seems to be that politicians, despite their many flaws, are as human as their voters.