The Character Cast for Book 2 Visions – 30th August 2013

So it’s finally here – Book 2 Visions, 2nd instalment of my thriller through the decades, Same Face Different Place. 

I’ve been busy updating my website with details of the new book, with it’s setting in rural Kent in the 1980s as well as the list of characters, some old and some new:

Elijah – a significant child born in the 1970s. Elijah is a sweet, shy 12 year old who lacks confidence and ends up being a target for bullies.

The Barton-Wells

James Barton-Wells: aristocratic gentleman in his 60s and 5th generation custodian of Westbourne House. Benevolent and generous of heart, James has devoted his life turning his ancestral home into a place of beauty, which includes the design of his own gardens as well as running an exclusive country house hotel.

Avalon Barton-Wells: James’ enchanting teenage daughter, devoted to working alongside her father and making a success of their hotel business. Innocent and sweet-natured.

William Barton-Wells: James adorable teenage son, who spends much of his time away at boarding school; an extrovert, sometimes, precocious boy, with an engaging sense of humour.

Staff: Elliot (Butler), Angelo (Head chef) and Bryony (Patisserie Chef)

The Hamptons

Perry Hampton: Ruthless property developer from London, former politician. He is ambitious and cold-hearted. When he sets his heart on something, he gets it and has a tendency to destroy anyone who stands in his way.

Rowena Hampton: Perry’s wife – a materialistic and avid social climber who’s dream is to own a beautiful country house.

Ben Hampton: Perry’s 21 year old son – a hedonistic yuppie with a knack of attracting trouble. Ben loves his Harley Davidson motorbike but is obsessive and hides an underlying dark side.

Nathan: Ben’s mentor and sinister, leather-clad motorcycle enthusiast, who Perry employs as Ben’s body guard.

Perry’s allies: Edward Booth, a professional chartered surveyor; Vic Mills, of Heritage Building and Restoration.

The Baileys

Charlie Bailey: ambitious builder, employed as building foreman by Bromley based firm, Oakwood Construction and training to be an architect. He is the mastermind behind one of Perry Hampton’s housing projects, before his life is turned upside down – and he is destined to save Westbourne House from ruin.

Anna Bailey: Charlie’s lovely wife.

Andrew Bailey: Charles’ teenage son, who is also training to be a builder, so he can work alongside his father. Andrew is a complex, tormented character who is easily swayed and turns to drugs.

Margaret Bailey: Charles’ sweet and unassuming 10 year old daughter. Margaret wants nothing more than people to like her – drawn towards boys like Elijah, who she loves having as a friend.

Charlie’s ally: Christopher Farrin, his former project manager from Oakwood Construction.

The Villagers

Marilyn Harper (Rosemary Merriman’s sister) and her husband, Tom who are Eleanor’s neighbours
Boris Everton (pub landlord) and his wife, Sue
Farmer Herbert Baxter
Police Inspector Ian Boswell and his son, Gary – a school bully who picks on Elijah

The Community Centre Staff in Rosebrook

Peter Summerville: gentle, compassionate manager of Rosebrook Community Centre. Peter has a troubled past, having previously worked alongside Bernard James at Toynbee Hall and devotes his life to helping others.

Reginald Magnus: former assistant of Bernard James who unexpectedly turns up at the community centre. A reformed alcoholic (now a drugs counsellor).

Hilary Magnus: snooty wife of Reginald. The couple also have a daughter, Holly (Margaret Bailey’s friend)

Mrs Emily Cuthbert: elderly volunteer who runs the tea bar.

Other significant characters

John Sharp: Holborn based solicitor and guardian of Eleanor’s secret file. John also swears he will keep on searching for Eleanor’s father, Oliver.

Evelyn Webster: an old friend of James Barton-Wells, who has worked as a political advisor throughout the 1970s and has her own chilling story to tell.

I’m also delighted to have received my first review on Amazon for this book, which could not have been a better accolade to my ambition as a writer.

Please take a look by visiting my Amazon page – and if you enjoy an atmospheric psychological thriller, then I promise this book will entertain you.


About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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