Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?
London, 2005. Despite her friends’ warnings, a young Englishwoman can’t resist her attraction to a charismatic Russian ex-soldier recently arrived in London. But, realising how deeply war-time incidents have affected him, she starts to suspect that he’s hiding a horrifying secret…
Set in the year of London’s 7/7 terrorism attacks, Blind Side is a powerful tale of love and friendship, trauma and betrayal, secrets and obsession. A gripping, multi-faceted psychological mystery thriller that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the end, appealing especially to fans of Rosamund Lupton, Claire Mackintosh, Louise Doughty, Stella Rimington and Sadie Jones.
“builds suspense brilliantly” — Gail Cleare, USA Today bestselling author of The Taste of Air
“An absolutely stunning debut from Jennie Ensor; so thought-provoking and profound that every reader will get something different out of reading it” — The Book Magnet
“I read this book over the course of the day without putting it down once. It’s a powerful and engaging novel, thought-provoking and difficult to forget once you’ve reached the end” — Reviewed The Book
“a storyline that doesn’t let you go until the very last page”— Keeper of Pages
“a thrilling psychological story that I really enjoyed and raced through” — The Last Word Book Review
“Blind Side is a story that will keep you up until the early hours, totally gripping and full of suspense. A fantastic debut by Jennie Ensor and one I will highly recommend”— It’s All About the Books
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She knew it was a mistake almost as soon as it happened. Georgie made the mistake of falling into bed with her longtime friend Julian. It was just one night and Georgie has no interest in pursuing more than their friendship, but Julian has other ideas. He becomes obsessively jealous of Georgie and she starts to be afraid of him. It’s around this time that she meets Russian Nikolai and begins to fall in love. Obviously, somethings got to give, but readers may be surprised at just what that is. Creepy and intense, a woman’s worst nightmare
Wow, this book totally started my new year with a bang. Not at all what I expected and the blur doesn't give it enough credit. There are so many great strands to the book.. Georgie's mistake sleeping with her friend, turns both their lives upside down. Julian's jealously when Georgie meets Nikolai, an ex Russian soldier, is frankly creepy and sad. This book flowed at the right speed and was very clear throughout that the author put so much effort and research into making every page feel real and completing a complex yet engaging read. If you're looking for something a little different from your normal thrillers then please try this real. It has a little something of everything.
This book gripped me from the very start, although not at all like my ‘usual’ reads. The characters were compelling and the storyline, although quite a simple base, made compulsive reading. The book is informative about life in the Russian army and Chechnya and it gives the book an interesting side. There is an alternative voice appearing sporadically throughout the book and I found myself quite wary, along with the main character Georgie, trying to predict what might happen. The whole scenario really held my attention as the problems both Georgie and Nikky face in life, relationships and work, are issues, fears and areas that we could all face too. A well-written book - thank you Jennie Ensor!
Things aren't always as they seem. Georgina is learning this the hard way. Three if the most important men in her life, her father, her best friend, Julian, and her boyfriend, Nicholai. Each of these men are hiding something. Is it being in a terrorist cell, a murderer, or a cheater. Georgina will have to find out soon, because her life is in danger. A great psychological thriller. Keeps you on the edge of your seat! 5 Stars
This book took me totally by surprise. I hadn’t heard of it before and came across it for the first time on NetGalley. I’ve read some fantastic books this year since far and Blind Side has now joined those already on my ‘Outstanding Books Of The Year’. Hard to believe that this book is a debut. Also hard to categorise, if categorisation is needed or necessary because it has a mix of ingredients. A love story, an obsession, stalking, friendship, the war in Chechnya, immigration, terrorism, health and safety on building sites for immigrant labour and so much more. All blended beautifully into a really fascinating, well written gripping read. Set in the period before and after the London bombings of 2007, the protagonist Georgie is almost 30 and makes the fateful mistake of sleeping with her good friend Julian after drinking too much. Julian then professes his long felt feelings of love towards her that aren’t reciprocated in any way and their former easy relationship with each other is lost. Georgie meets Nikolai, a Russian illegal immigrant and former soldier working in the building trade in London and falls heavily in love with them but he’s suffering from post traumatic stress after his service in Chechnya has dark secrets and an explosive temper. Their relationship puts them both in danger and they’re being watched. I can’t stress enough how good this book is and I hope it has the attention it deserves. Interesting to see the list of sources used and the list of advisers used for research and patrons who all contributed towards the publication of the book. Without them all this fabulous read may not have seen the light of day. Totally gripping
Gripping storyline and plot and very unexpected from what I was expecting it to be. The author has written a very engaging stories which keeps the readers captivated to the stories .The plot and story was well developed . Definitely worth reading this book.
An enjoyable book where you get to see the dark side of unremitted love. Set in London in 2005 Georgie makes a mistake and sleeps with a friend Julian whom she has known since college. She does not have feelings for him beyond friendship but he declares his love for her which drives a wedge between them. Georgie meets Nikolai an illegal Russian emigrant whom has had issues in his past back home in Russia. Julian can not stand seeing Georgie with a lowly foreign labourer and starts a vendetta against them which ends in an ultimate showdown.. A truly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.