Today I have “Same Face Different Place : Visions” by Helen J Christmas, the second in this series of psychological thriller series. My thanks to Helen and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour. Visions is available for purchase HERE.
Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.
Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…
Eleanor is desperate to keep away from her past that was in 1970’s London. This book set in the 1980’s and see’s Eleanor keeping her head down, out of trouble so that her son Elijah remains safe from the trouble that she ran away from.
Firstly you really do want to read the first book in the series, it is set in the 70’s and tells the story of Eleanor and why she had to leave London. This story is set in the 1980’s and there are loads of references that keep you in the time and place of the story. This book took me a while to get into as I have not read the first, heed my warning! But once I started to get a feel for the characters and some of the previous stories I was gripped by what I was reading. There are three families that have different pasts, losses and struggles and they do have a connecting factor. That connection is a manipulative, dangerous, power mad business man. He is wanting to take over the properties in a local village and he does not like being told No.
The author has definitely invested a lot of time and thought into this book, it has a fantastic story line that has so many different layers, these are beautifully entwined and take you through a journey of emotions. As things start to unfold you realise that this is a psychological thriller and also mystery, suspense, romance and crime. The synopsis is intriguing, but I was surprised by this story, it was totally captivating, addictive and I thoroghly enjoyed it.
I would highly recommend this book for readers of intense and deeply woven psychological crime, suspense and mystery novels. Please read the series in order, you won’t be disappointed.
About the Author:
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series ‘Same Face Different Place’ in 2011 and published her debut novel, ‘Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.
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