Step into the criminal underworld of the 1970s


A dark psychological thriller set in the 1980s


A nail-biting race for justice

Retribution Phase One
Retribution Phase One

Another man’s quest for revenge

Retribution End Game
Retribution End Game

The concluding part of the series

Rosebrook Chronicles
Rosebrook Chronicles

A series of interwoven back stories

Same Face Different Place

Author, Helen J. Christmas

‘Same Face Different Place’ is a series of novels set in England; a dark and romantic mystery thriller which rolls across 4 decades… New Release: ROSEBROOK CHRONICLES The Hidden Stories is a Prequel to this series, a series of character driven stories which fuse into a compelling saga of social history and noir suspense. For more information view the trailer or download on Amazon.


Same Face Different Place Book 1 Beginnings by Helen J. Christmas Same Face Different Place Book 2 Visions by Helen J. Christmas Same Face Different Place Book 3 Pleasures by Helen J. Christmas Front Cover - Book 4 Retribution Phase 1 by Helen J Christmas Front Cover - Book 4 Retribution End Game by Helen J Christmas

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The Hidden Stories

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?


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New Reviews

Recent Reviews from Amazon
Wow oh wow.... action from the Start. A true page turner! Beginnings is a Gripping dark thriller with a Criminal undertone that spiced up the story and will leave you wanting more and more. It's Enthralling, Passionate, Captivating, Emotional, made my hair stand on end, Fast paced, Dark, the perfect amount of Twists and Turns, Very Memorable Characters.... Loved, Loved, Loved it!!!!! Dash Fan, Review for Beginnings 8 January 2018
Exceedingly Good, Fast Past Thriller
This is an excellent sequel and I really do recommend that you read book one before this story, I was certainly emotionally involved with the characters and couldn't wait to see what had happened to them! It is a great series with some brilliant characters and excellent story-telling.
Donna Maguire, Review for Visions 13 April 2018
This is the third in the series and it lived up to the other two in spades. I loved the fourth part of the book the most. Fast paced as a rocket ship. Couldn't put it down. Beautiful descriptions as the author takes us through the drug and music time periods of the British, pacing the scene in the US but more mysterious as so much of the music scene originated in England. Wilimnot Review for Pleasures 13 August 2016
Beautifully Authentic!
'Retribution: Phase One' is the fourth book in the series and, in my opinion the best so far. The fact that I had read the previous books in the series meant I was immediately familiar with the main characters and was therefore able to get right into the book almost immediately. Ray Green, Review for Retribution Phase One 7 December 2017
In My Opinion the Best So Far
This series of books, written by Helen Christmas, is a must read. Absolutely gripping to the end, painstakingly researched, well written. Be warned you need to set aside a holiday to appreciate the whole saga! Andrew Reed, Review for Retribution End Game 11 September 2017
Just Brilliant
The Rosebrook Chronicles is something of an understated masterpiece, weaving together several narrative strands and disparate characters to create an important, powerful work. The characters are deftly drawn, the writing is strong, and the sense of time and place as the tale works its way through the decades is perfectly judged. The complex moral questions around crime, politics, religion and abuse are remarkable well-handled. Joel, Review for Rosebrook Chronicles 1 July 2019
Important Stories Powerfully told

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What Readers Say About Same Face Different Place

Reviews for Beginnings:

Beginnings FREE book by Helen J. Christmas with over 60 reviewsIncredible Story! 9 Feb 2014 By Marion Kille

I have to say this is one of the best books I have ever read! Not only was it an exciting page turner, it was the most heart-felt love story that will play over and over in my mind. Helen’s writing is descriptive and captivating. Not many stories have such a profound affect on me. I will immediately be downloading the sequel and purchasing the paperback. It is a book to own and treasure.

I loved reading this from start to finish 30 October 2016 By Booklover BEV

I loved reading this from start to finish my first by this author and looking forward to reading more. It leaves you hooked from the start the London crime books are one of my favourites and this author could well follow in the league of Martina Cole and Kimberley chambers. Well done to the author.

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Reviews for Visions:

Customer Reviews for Visions by Helen J. Christmas, psychological thrillerAmazing Thriller!, 14 Oct. 2015, By Anon Anon

Author Helen Christmas knows how to take a reader for a thrilling ride! This is the second book of her series, I highly recommend you read that as well.

Strong warm characters 25 April 2019 By Janet Hardacre

I loved reading this book. At first, I felt that I was missing something because the reader is immediately drawn into the lives of James, his family and friends as if we had already met. The storyline is very intriguing and skips about pulling you in and getting you involved; one-minute having fun, the next frightened and anxious and then plotting revenge with them so that Perry could get his comeuppance. I read it at any chance I could get wanting to find out what happened next. Family life, romance, deception, fraud, drugs all dealt with beautifully.

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Reviews for Pleasures:

Pleasures by Helen J. Christmas, nail biting coming of age thriller set in the 1990s rave culture.Absolutely fantastic book, gripping, 22 Oct. 2015 By Jane

Absolutely fantastic book, gripping, great writing. The characters and story line develop from the previous book, there is such evil and such innocence, impossible to put down.

A gripping, edge of seat read, 6 May 2015 By Amazon Customer

This is the 3rd book in a saga which begins in gangland London in the 1970s and spans 3 decades. This book, like the other 2 does not fail to disappoint. Helen is a skilled writer with attention to fine detail on everything from the landscapes, the weather to human emotions through to her back ground research. Her descriptions of scenes and scenery are very carefully crafted. The book can be read without having first read books 1 & 2 because she skilfully weaves in the background to what is happened. The story builds to an extremely gripping, edge of seat dramatic ending in which you can’t turn the pages fast enough; constantly rooting for the main character Eleanor and her safety. I love the way Helen puts events in their historical context. Eg you learn about the rave and ecstasy scene, the 1987 hurricane and why the devastation was so bad. I hope lots of people will read this book because they are missing out if they don’t.

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Reviews for Retribution Phase 1:

The ongoing story of Eleanor and her family gradually coming to a brilliant climax. 26 June 2017 By Sue

Wow again Helen! The ongoing story of Eleanor and her family gradually coming to a brilliant climax…..The writing and the different characters are superb. Just cannot wait for the last book in the series. Highly Recommended.

A conclusion to the on-going criminal saga, 6 June 2017 By All Things D

A great book which concludes the on-going feud between Eleanor, her family and friends and Ben and his family and the criminal underworld Ben represents.

In this story Peter is under the spotlight when an unwelcome visitor appears and Peter is arrested for something that happened 30 years ago.

Ben is still trying to take revenge on Eleanor and her friends, despite warnings from his mother, Rowena. I love Ben because he’s pure evil!

This book will not disappoint and I highly recommend!

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Retribution by Helen J. Christmas, books 4 and 5 in the thriller series, Same Face Different Place

Reviews for Retribution End Game:

Gripping series of books, 2 August 2019 By Jackie Coe

Having read all four books, I cant wait to start the end phase.
You don’t want the book to end

A thrilling conclusion to a mammoth saga. 21 December 2017 By Ray Green

This book concludes a mammoth 5-book saga spanning four decades and charting a seemingly never-ending feud between the principal character, Eleanor, together with her family, and some truly evil opponents. But the feud does finally end, and in some unexpected ways – no spoilers here, but the denouement was truly gripping. Finally, an extensive epilogue provides a satisfying tying-up of loose ends.

In summary, I can thoroughly recommend this book, but to fully appreciate it, you really need to read the whole series in sequence, so as to properly understand the backstory.

Having now completed such an ambitious project, I wonder what Helen Christmas will come up with next? I can’t wait to find out.

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