• Publication date: 22 Jul 2016
• Publisher: Unbound
• Language: English
Source: My copy is courtesy of the author and publisher via NetGalley
Description and praise for the book
Blind Side is a story that will keep you up until the early hours, totally gripping” – It’s All About The Books
Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?
London, 2005. Georgie is attracted to Nikolai, a volatile ex-soldier she meets in a pub. Despite her friend Julian’s warnings, she’s tempted to risk everything. Then she begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her…
BLIND SIDE explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and sexual obsession. A shiver-inducing psychological mystery for fans of quality psychological suspense such as Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard.
“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
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.
About The Author
Author website & blog: https://jennieensor.com
Jennie Ensor is a Londoner descended from a long line of Irish folk. During a long period overseas she worked as a freelance journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry.
These days Ms E lives in London with her husband and their cuddle-loving, sofa-hogging terrier. When not chasing the dog through local woodland or dreaming of setting off on an unfeasibly long journey with a Kindleful of books, she writes novels, short stories and poetry. Her second novel, to be finished soon with any luck, is a dark and unsettling psychological drama.