An Absolute Deception

by Lesley Lokko (Orion) ISBN: 978 1409 101758 R199.00


Anneliese Zander de St Phalle is a famous fashion designer—having created an international brand with just her talent, determination and beauty. While holidaying on her sumptuous island hideaway, an uninvited guest turns up, unlocking the Pandora’s Box of her past. It is a past she’s hidden from the world, the press—even her daughter, Callan.


From here, the novel flashes back and forth through time as we learn of Anneliese’s complex past and follow her journey as she claws her way to the top. These flashbacks break the narrative up in a fractured and confusing manner, making it hard to get into the story.


With her previous novels such as Sundowners and Rich Girl, Poor Girl, Lesley Lokko proved herself as a solid writer of glamorous blockbusters in the Barbara Taylor Bradford and Penny Vincenzi mould.  However, An Absolute Deception was a bit disappointing and left too many loose ends untied. It should’ve been better.


Anthony Ehlers


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Book Review - A Private Affair

by Lesley Lokko (Orion) ISBN 978-1-4091-0173-4

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about girls married to army officers, whose lives are ruled by the dictates of the army. The wives can be alone for months on end and the men have to keep quiet about top secret affairs when they come home. 

Samantha is desperate to be married and adores her good looking husband until she finds he is a beast in bed. But in spite of that she still tries to validate her feelings for him. She was an ugly duckling in her past who grew into a lovely swan. She is very insecure in spite of her personal success. 

Meagan is swept off her feet by the dashing officer, Tom and she is glad to escape her loathsome family. Dani suffers in her marriage but hangs in there. And Abbey, the model wife who carries a dark secret threatens to pull her well-ordered life apart. 

I became totally absorbed in all their lives, so well does the writer get your attention. I must admit I couldn't put the book down and in the end all is revealed and you don't know whether to be relieved or not.  

A stunning, well written story. I would recommend it for book clubs. 

Dee Andrew 

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