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…
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I am very happy to be able to talk about Visions today which is the second book in the Same Face Different Place series. The first Beginnings was reviewed here in January.
Visions sees the reader leave the 1970's behind and finds them smack in the middle of the 1980's the cultural references do well to tie the book to the time frame. Eleanor Chapman has spent years trying to get over the terrible gangland stuff that occurred in the 1970's. She leaves a peaceful life and she is settled in the countryside. The locals know her and she fits right in to the community.
The peace is about to be shattered though when ghosts of the past turn up and the glorious Westbourne House is under threat what ensues is another battle of wills. Can Westbourne House be saved and peace restored?
Visions can be read perfectly well as a standalone but I would recommend reading beginnings first for the background and also it would be great to follow the series all of the way through.
I very much enjoyed reading visions, the suspense was there as with beginnings but the pace was slightly slower. The characters came even more to life and this author is adept at scene setting and characterisations. The trademark suspense and intrigue are there throughout, a genuine battle of good versus evil.
I can't wait to see what happens now in Book 3.
About the Author:
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, shestarted 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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