This series of interwoven stories follows the lives of three abused teenagers, desperate to battle past traumas, pursue their dreams, find love and re-establish broken family ties.
London 1960. Robin is hypnotised by a dazzling moon and it sets him on a quest to seek a better life. Fearful of his future, he puts his trust in the wrong person, clueless of the trap he is falling into.
Dublin 1968. Two Irish orphans are separated by the Church. Six year old Bess panics at the thought of being sent to London. An English family want to adopt her but if only it didn’t mean abandoning her elder brother…
Peter meanwhile, has never forgotten her. Fighting to survive in a brutal orphanage, he risks a dangerous escape to reach the mainland and with the law on his tail, he heads for the Capital to find her.
It is not until the 1970s, the lives of the characters intersect. Struggling to cope in a harsh world, how do their experiences shape them into the adults they become and who among them will be believed?
One politician vows to introduce reforms to protect children. But when his only son is bullied at school, alleged to have committed suicide, he knows there is a lot more tunnelling to do if he is to unearth the evil embedded in society.
With snippets of social history from the 70s to the 90s, this book explores the hidden lives of three ordinary citizens.
These victims never had a voice.
I wrote this book in order to give them one.
This is an excellent story!
I really liked the way the author decided to write this story, it was a great way to develop the characters as the book progressed and to bring the stories in line as we get to see how the different characters have developed and how they will interact when they meet at a later date.
The story does have some tough subjects and dramatic scenes but they are done well and vital to the story as it sets the scenes for the rest of the books in the series as this is a prequel.
The author has a lovely writing style and it is really showcased in this book, she is definitely one to watch for me and I have loved everything I have read by her to date.
It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon, it is a very well written story with some excellent characterisation and a gripping plot – very highly recommended!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she wrote her decade spanning thriller series, Same Face Different Place, Between 2011 and 2017. This five-book mystery suspense series explores British culture and social history from the 70s to the 90s. Inspired by the Bronte sisters in 2016, Helen decided she wanted to develop her writing skills by compiling a book of character-driven short stories. In 2018 she completed Rosebrook Chronicles (The Hidden Stories), a unique novel which gives extra background information to her series. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provides endless inspiration for writing, something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter, and she enjoys blogging, country walks, photography and cookery.
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