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Visions by Helen J. Christmas
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it was amazing

"Visions" by Helen J. Christmas is the second in her inspired decade-spanning "Same Face, Different Place" series.
The book is a dark but subtle psychological thriller with an authentic setting in the British 1980s.
The story jumps twelve years from 1973 in the last book to 1985. In the first book our heroine Eleanor Chapman only just escaped a very dangerous situation in London and now resides - presumably safe - in rural Rosebrook, hoping to lead a peaceful life there.
Unfortunately for her however she cannot escape the shadowy characters that messed up her life back then. Their paths cross once again and the same villains are watching her, fearing that she still might pose a threat to them.
In a separate storyline her neighbour James and his family experiences problems with his ancestral Westbourne House and he is forced to either restore the building or sell his house which is his pride and joy.
Eleanor and her new partner Charlie are getting involved to help him to prevent the house from falling into the hands of greedy villain and property developer Perry.

The subtle suspense and the looming threats make for a very atmospheric read and the unknown and the suspected is woven into the story lines very well, making you feel as unsettled as the characters at times.

For those who don't know about the British History of that time, housing and mortgage payment were a huge issue under the Thatcher government and a massively prominent theme on everyone's mind. Uncontrollable interest rates cost many their homes and fortune and for the decade to come this was a very sensitive issue.
Christmas does an excellent job at capturing those times, not just with the property aspect of the story, but also in the many other excellently chosen details of the story that describe the era so well - for me the most enjoyable of these were the many musical references.

The characters are very relate-able to, this is a great story and a gripping read.
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August 26, 2013 – Shelved

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