This is a follow up to my last post 1st Edit of Pleasures gets underway.
In the opening chapters, characters both good and evil go head to head in a battle over a lucrative piece of land. At the same time, Eleanor is following a trail – determined to solve a mystery which will forever haunt her, though fearful of placing her only son in danger.
This is also a story, where the children from Book 2 are growing up fast; affected by the events which left them scarred and determined to fight against injustice. In between the intense action and mystery solving, lie the minor story lines which reflect their everyday lives. This is how I develop and strengthen my characters and turn them into people who are believable – and so they suffer the growing pains of adolescence and form their first loving relationships.
Pleasures not only concentrates on the good characters in this saga, but the evil ones. Characters like Ben, whose hedonistic London lifestyle continues much as before – while desperately seeking a path into the criminal underworld. When he’s not tooting cocaine or making a mint at the London Stock exchange, he is getting up to all sorts of debauchery. Ben also has unfinished business – his warped mind wrapped around his one obsession, Avalon – determined to find a way of getting back into her life again.
Readers will also see the return of his evil sidekick Nathan, a shaven-headed thug, whose dodgy connections eventually draw them into the domain of some very nasty criminals. Perry meanwhile, continues to keep him onboard as his spy – in addition to his glamourous Asian mistress, Alesha. Together, they are keeping Eleanor and her allies under careful watch – which means, she has to stay one step ahead of them.
Book 3 also sees the return of Dominic Theakston, menacing gangster from Book 1. He swears he’s severed all connections with organised crime for good, but has he? Outwardly determined to forge his own business empire, his link to Eleanor’s past is never going to go away – a situation designed to inject a new era of fear into the community.
Where Visions captured the characters’ ambitions and dreams – Pleasures is based on their desires. What turns people on? The issue of raves and acid house parties is a powerful theme, as the story moves towards the 90s and where recreational drugs and sex play an important role.
It’s an ambitious work with story lines considerably more sensual than in the last two books. It’s now just a matter of making sure this story goes out with a bang, rather than a whimper – lastly, I aim to write one hell of a cliffhanger which will leave readers hankering for the final book of the series: Retributions.