I chose this novel because I am interested to learn more about South Africa and to be honest, the author delivers a lot of useful and interesting information about the country, its peoples and their cultures, history and politics. However all these benefits are offered to the reader at the cost of a steamy and predictable soap opera which takes up at least 50 % of the narrative. According to the author, all men are over-endowed, sex-craved amoralists (apart from one solitary individual in this novel) while his women are either sex-kittens, domestic dopes, or conniving power-hungry manipulators. After reading about half the book, I was ready for the entry of a "normal" human being....
In the last third of the novel, it seems that everyone betrays everyone else, almost everyone sleeps or has slept with the partner of his nearest and dearest, and everyone gets their come-uppance which is retailed to the weary reader through multiple breathless closing paragraphs. Did the author just get fed up with this cast of characters?
So three stars for the documentation and creativity of the historical novel format; zero stars for character development; and zero stars for a suspenseful denouement.
Read this on an airplane and leave it in the airport when you arrive.