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Anneliese never talks about her past – not even to her only daughter, Callan. She’s worked hard to leave it all behind her and it’s a time and place to which Anneliese will never return.

Or so she thinks.

Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Lokko

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Apr 05, Justine Crandles rated it it was ok. Oh how I would trade places right now; Melbourne for Bali… was it only 5 weeks ago that we were lying by the pool in the 32 degree heat? And here I am today… admittedly sick and ciccolato home, but with the heater and my favourite trackie pants on.

Well, that is Melbourne for you, the good and the bad weather wise! It stored a collection of new books printed in English Oh how I would trade places right now; Melbourne for Bali… cioccloato it only 5 weeks ago that we were lying by the pool in the 32 degree heat? I came across An Absolute Deception and it caught my eye immediately as I have read two other titles by the same author, and I admittedly loved the cover illustration. A lengthy pager, I knew it would take me to the end of my trip.

Annelise is an A class fashion designer based in London, yet we know her roots are both German and South African. Callan does not know the identity of her father, yet never pushes her mother for the details. Her mother reveals nothing of her past to her daughter, has come up with a whole new personality in fact to deceive the world of her upbringing and the events that led her to leave South Africa and come to Europe.

Lokko jumps around between characters and time periods energetically; it creates a strangely disjointed story that I found difficult to engage with. Apartheid, democracy and corruption are laced through the story and highlight a very intelligent author who feels passionately about these topics, yet at ciocclato they detract from the main story line. Knowledge on these areas created far more interesting characters who were motivated and educated, however my ability to bond with them lacked.


Jul 29, Melanie rated it it was ok. I loved Lesley Lokko’s first book Sundowners The second book was ok and progressively its gone downhill since then. This last book was more skim reading than actual reading overall disappointing.

Aug 14, Helen rated it liked it. I’m really disappointed with this book. I really loved Lesley Lokko’s first thre novels but this one was just a real waste of two days of my life.

It did take me three months to really get stuck in but as I’d paid for it on my kindle I thought I would “solider through”. Shouldn’t have bothered really. The ending was “wet” ookko diserved more of a “climax”!

Nov 18, Jenny Cooke rated it did not like it.

Incontriamo Anneliese Zander de Saint Phalle, una famosissima stilista londinese che si appresta a concludere la propria carriera. Il salto temporale e continentale non fa altro che rendere pesante la lettura, come anche il continuo mutare dei punti di vista. Non ho trovato nulla di diverso da tanti romanzi che si trovano in circolazione, ma soprattutto, non ho trovato un motivo valido che potesse trattenermi su quelle pagine, mentre continuavano a vorticarmi nel pensiero i diritti del lettore di Daniel Pennac.

Feb 05, Larren rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a little hard to stay interested when the amro character looks like she dies in the first page.

It turned out to be a better read but inconsistencies drive me crazy. How does the main character become flustered with the name of the woman she meets when she’s already been told her name beforehand?

Aug 18, Truida rated it really liked it Shelves: My first book by Lesley Lokko. I enjoyed the way she entroduced al the different characters and jump around in time as well as ckoccolato with all of them part of everybody elses lives without them knowing it, coming together in the end.

I love the way she writes, a very toned down “struggle” novel.

Bitter Chocolate

Easy reading but quite enjoyable. May 08, Lucy Hewitt-gudgin rated it it was ok. Love Lokko as an author but this book lets her down, took a while to get into, was a little boring in places, not her usual page turner. The ending, what happened? It felt like the stories were hurriedly thrown together in the icoccolato couple of chapters and without piecing it together, several story lines were completely forgotten about.


Lesley Lokko does it again.

Complex characters spanning Europe and Africa. It tells the story of Hannelore who becomes pregnant and is sent away from her family in disgrace. She eventually reinvents herself as Annelise a world famous dress designer. The only negative is at the beginning you can become confused as there are so many characters. I really enjoyed all her other books but I found this one far too long. It was slightly boring in places and very long windedwhere things could have been explained in a couple of sentences a whole chapter was dedicated to it The ending was a bit amarro a anti- climax too Nov 22, Antonella Serra rated it really liked it.

Good book but has a weird end, incomplete I hope it comes a sequel Feb 22, Francel Anne Julian rated it really liked it. Dec 23, Linda Clarke rated it liked it. Aug 16, Lindsay Hart rated it really liked it. Another good novel from Lesley lokko. Feb 10, Wendy Smyth rated it liked cioccloato. Not her best, decidedly predictable. Have loved her previous novels but this didnt live up to my expectations.

Aug 07, Jana rated it it was amazing. I just love Lesley Lokko and how her stories are about different people with lives somehow entwined spanning across decades and the world. Oct 26, Barbara rated it really liked it. Especially liked the parts relating to Namibia. Wonder if there will be a sequel. Nov 11, Rachel rated it liked it. Not a bad zmaro, a bit disjointed. The ending was disappointing as I felt there was far too much left unanswered. Took a while to get going but was a good read once it did.

Jul 30, Rachel rated it really liked it. Loved this book but feel that quite a few parts of the story were left up in the air. Could easily lead to a sequel? May 02, Kate rated it liked it. Jun 25, Kelly rated it liked it. I was excited to read this novel, but unfortunately it did not live up to other Lokko books, good to read though.

Boring only read 20 pages and lost interest. Jun 14, Janine rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t enjoy this. It jumped around and the ending was weak.

I also could not understand an adult daughter not questioning her mother about her past and her father. Llinos rated it did not like it Dec 20, Jessica Cioccolsto rated it liked it May 04,