Blind Side by Jennie Ensor #BookReview @Jennie_Ensor

About this book…

Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?

London, five months before 7/7. Georgie, a young woman wary of relationships after previous heartbreak, gives in and agrees to sleep with close friend Julian. She’s shocked when Julian reveals he’s loved her for a long time.

But Georgie can’t resist her attraction to Nikolai, a Russian former soldier she meets in a pub. While Julian struggles to deal with her rejection, Georgie realises how deeply war-time incidents in Chechnya have affected Nikolai. She begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her.

Then London is attacked…

Blind Side explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and obsession. An explosive, debate-provoking thriller that confronts urgent issues of our times and contemplates some of our deepest fears.

My review…

This book wasn’t at all what I had expected from the general description but I do love it when a book surprises me that way. It carried a lot more depth than I had assumed it would as it delved into some of the more current issues facing us in our country at the moment and due to that I found myself far more engrossed than I was expecting to be!

Now we all know that it is possible for men and women to just be friends nowadays. But more often than not one person harbours hopes of that relationship developing into more. And that’s what happens when Georgie sleeps with long time friend and confidant Julian. As soon as its over she knows she has made a huge mistake but she doesn’t realise how big a mistake until Julian announces that he is actually in love with her. I really felt for Georgie, in that her one night stand caused her more stress than she had been expecting, but then she met Nikolai and the story took off in an intriguing direction far more interesting and topical than I had hoped! Although set around the time of the 7/7 bombings it actually felt very current as it was around that time that the country became more suspicious of foreigners due to a perceived threat of terrorism which leads us to where we are today. The relationship between Georgie and Nikolai isn’t one approved of by Julian or by Georgies father and it becomes apparent that someone is determined to stop their intense liaison. But can Georgie trust the Russian ex soldier? Nikolai was a bit of a closed book for me. Although he started to open up to Georgie, I was never sure of his motives. As the book went on, I found myself being more involved and curious about his past life and hoping that he wasn’t the person everyone assumed him to be. He also brought an unexpected sensuality to this thriller making their association seem much more dangerous.

I found this a unique and fascinating read from start to finish  and was able to connect with Georgie immediately and so hoped for a ending for her. It had a well-crafted and well-researched plotline leading to a quite shocking denouement and I would certainly come back to this author again in the future.

Thank you to the author for my review copy of Blind Side: A gripping psychological thriller which I chose to read and review and is now available to purchase on Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Jennie Ensor

Jennie Ensor is a Londoner descended from a long line of Irish folk. For much of her life she’s been a wandering soul, but these days she lives with her husband and their cuddle-loving, sofa-hogging terrier. As well as from reading and writing novels, she loves poetry. Her poems, published under another name, tend to inhabit the darker, sometimes surreal side of life.When not chasing the dog, lazing in the garden in the sun or dreaming about setting off on a long train journey with a Kindleful of books, Ms E can generally be found writing or doing Writing Related Stuff. WRS can include singing and playing the piano (vital for de-stress) and watching thrillers/spy dramas on TV (research). She is now hard at work getting her second novel ready for publication, a dark and unsettling psychological thriller.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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