I picked this book up off the shelf as I was in the mood for some Chick Lit. The brain needed a rest and this was the perfect way to do it, or so I thought. Lesley Lokko's A Private Affair is a bit more than your usual boy meets girl stuff. It tells the story of four different women, whose lives come together when they are originally from very diverse backgrounds. The characters are believable and you really get the sense of their personalities as the story continues. All of these women end up linked to same man. Captain Nick Beasdale. As I spent 22 years as an Army Wife, I really identified with the locations that Lesley used in the book. They were properly researched and the book provided a trip down memory lane for me.
Captain Beasdale is not what he seems and as the story unravels it takes as much darker turn and that piece of fluffy chick lit you thought you picked up becomes an impressive psychological thriller. I don't want to spoil the plot but suffice to say, it is full of twists and turns and takes you to places you were least excpecting.
I would highly recommend this book for it's excellent plot, well thought out locations, believable characters and for the sense of history that unfolds over the pages.