Top positive review
An undercurrent of menace in a bucolic setting
20 May 2018
Helen Christmas is adept at weaving sub-plots into her second in the series of “Same Face, Different Place” and dropping in enough subtle explanation of the back story. It is very smoothly done. There is plenty of action to keep momentum going. I enjoyed the descriptions of English countryside and country mansions. She’s thoroughly researched the 1980’s and the flavour of the era shines through. It was nostalgic for me to glimpse fashions, décor and music of the time.
Despite the pleasant country snapshots, there is always an undercurrent evil and menace in the background, with sinister gangster game plans, deadly adversaries from the past, as well as a couple of horrifically violent episodes against the youngsters in the book. Eleanor is a convincing, empathetic character, which is just as well, as the story continues with some of the main protagonists for another three volumes.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but I felt I had to deduct one, as I feel the language is at times over-written. “Less is more” should be the rule, and some adverbs and complicated verbs could be simplified to make more impact. It is, after all, an action story and I feel the pace would be maintained to the maximum if some of the wordiness was cut down.
However, I applaud this author for the general concept and her ideas that keep coming from all directions. I can imagine the story on film. I wish hebr good luck with her writing.