Thursday, January 11, 2018

Beginnings (Same Place, Different Place #1) by Helen J. Christmas

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Genre: Thriller
  • Series: Same Face Different Place
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Chichester Publishing (September 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992989957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992989958
Synopsis: Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.
Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?
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Review: I loved the story this book tells! The author draws the reader into the action from the start of the story, and we stay in the middle of it right to the end. This is the first in a series of five books, and I look forward to reading the other four to find out how the story ends.

Not only is this book a suspenseful thriller, it is also a deeply moving love story. Eleanor and Jake are bound by their attempt to escape from a sadistic crime boss, and the more time they spend together, the closer they grow to one another.

My only issue with this book has to do with editing problems: there are a lot of unnecessary commas, as well as italicized words that were very distracting and didn't need to be there. 

Rating: Four stars (with reservations)

helen j christmasAbout the author

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade-spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self-employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to having got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.
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1 comment:

Cottagewebs said...

Hello and thanks so much for your review and for participating in my Blog Tour. It's been a great experience and I've loved sharing it - a little sad that it's over really.
I take on board your comments although my book was professionally edited and proof read in October. A fair few commas were deleted (though not all of them) but the overuse of italics is something I definitely must address. I'm sorry if it irritated you.
Thanks again for reading and reviewing it, I appreciate it.