Visions – Same Face Different Place Book Two by Helen J Christmas – Blog Tour Review.


About the Book

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

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received.
This is book two in the Visions series. Eleanor has moved on the best that she can with her young son Elijah. She has built a strong friendship with James and his two children, Avalon and William. She finally feels safe. But James has severe financial issues combined with various structural problems with his home and his attempts at solving these places Eleanor, Elijah and his own family in danger.
I found this novel to be a lot more intimidating than the previous one. But there are also more people who are willing to help, some of whom have already had dealings with the Hamptons. This family and some of the other powerful and wealthy people who appear are very unpleasant and will stop at nothing to get what they want. The control that they have over business, local decisions and people’s lives is frightening.
I enjoyed reading about the 1980s. I was the same age as Avalon and I listened to the same music, although I had completely forgotten about the singer Divine, and shopped in the same high street stores. I could also remember with prompting various political issues at the time
Many of the characters who appear were also in book one, their storylines are ongoing but much of the storyline is addressed so you could read this and follow it even if you hadn’t read the earlier book.
There are further books in the series, it isn’t a cliff hanger ending as such but there is still plenty for Eleanor and the ones she loves to deal with. And I hope that at least one member of the Hampton family get what they deserve.

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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