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- File Size: 2821 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Unbound (22 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IX1953A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the debut novel from Jennie Ensor, and it's one of which she should be proud. Set in mid-noughties London, it's a fairly standard spurned-lover-as-stalker plot, but with a lot more to it. Middle class marketing exec Georgie only ever wanted to be friends with Julian, but when she starts a relationship with Russian immigrant Nikolai, she discovers that she never really knew Julian at all. Alongside this storyline is the dark shadow of terrorism relating to the London bombings of the time - and Georgie's growing fears that Nikolai might be involved.
I admit to being slightly underwhelmed by the beginning; both dialogue and narrative are rather bland, with opportunities for more 'colour' missed. Happily, the pace and intrigue stepped up very quickly, and I began to really enjoy it. I thought Julian was revolting from the outset, and I didn't begin to warm to Georgie until later on; Nikolai, on the other hand, was lovely. The characterisation was very good all the way through. I cared what happened to the two main characters, which is all important.
The novel is extremely well structured, planned and edited. I particularly liked that the backstory about both Georgie and Nikolai appeared in dribs and drabs, all the way through, which kept my interest. There aren't many surprises, but certainly enough suspense to call this book a thriller, albeit quite a low-key one. But it's a love story, more than anything, I think. It's intelligently written, with much background about the war in Chechnya and Nikolai's experiences, which were shockingly fascinating and made the book so much more than just a stalker story.Read more ›
Blind Side is a very well written and researched book that delivers a highly compelling and tense read. One that kept me gripped to the end.
This is a really impressive debut novel.
Blind Side is a thoroughly absorbing novel that explores the uncomfortable side of relationships – how love can turn into obsession and how sometimes the truth is better left unsaid. This isn’t a straight-up book by any means as the author builds on many themes such as terrorism, immigration, family and sexual relationships, trauma, secrets, guilt and regret. The pace and the writing in this book was easy to become caught up in and 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.
Georgie is distant from love after suffering from a bad end to her last proper relationship. So when her friend Julian confesses he’s in love with her, she doesn’t know how to react, and misguidedly and drunkenly ends up sleeping with him. This is the catalyst for a whole trail of mistrust and obsession to follow. Georgie believes Julian is still hiding something from her. And when she finds herself falling for Russian Nikolai, she’s also not sure she can trust him either. There are few pivotal characters in this book, but Georgie, Nikolai and Julian provided masses of intrigue that had me hooked.
Nikolai’s character was a fascinating one. Like Georgie, I was drawn in without really knowing anything about him and even after discovering things about him that should make you think twice, his character was one that had me interested and eager to learn more about. I found it engaging reading about Nikolai’s past and some of the horrific things he had been through. Aspects like his nightmares from time spent in the army and his scars and conflicts were handled and developed really realistically and I felt we got real insight into his character.Read more ›
Sleeping together when they’d both had too much to drink changes the close, erstwhile completely platonic, friendship between Julian and Georgie forever. Georgie foolishly gives in to Julian’s pleading, despite her better judgement and lives to regret it when Julian declares his love for her. She doesn’t reciprocate his feelings and Julian takes it badly, especially so when Georgie becomes involved with Nikolai, an illegal Russian immigrant, who she met in a pub.
Georgie is drawn to Nikolai and very happy in their growing relationship. She is aware, due to Nikolai’s nightmares and scars, he has a dark past which he’s reluctant to share. Georgie also knows he was involved in the war between Russia and Chechnya, but again, is unaware of the details.
In this, her debut novel, Jennie Ensor has created a very well devised, well written, character driven narrative. Set just before, during and after the terror attacks on London, there are several threads and pertinent issues running through the story. The consequences of the bombing on the people it affected directly and indirectly are explored, along with relationships and the resulting multitude of feelings and emotions. We also get an insight into the plight of immigrant workers and the terrible discrimination they face.
Nikolai is a very intriguing character and I could see why Georgie becomes attracted to him. He has been affected badly by the horrors he witnessed during the war, the actions he took or didn’t take and the reason he is in London. His is a convincing characterisation, showing the terrible cost of war from both sides and how lies and secrets can spill over into civilian life, creating more problems and making Georgie question the relationship between them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great weekend read. It engaged from the beginning and had momentum. I look forward to reading other books by this author.Published 3 days ago by Robert
Great read that is hard to put down until it's finished. The characters are believable and evolve as does the suspense. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Gats
Brilliant book. A thriller with an unexpected twist .
How a simple life can so quickly turn into a major drama.
To say anymore would give secrets away.
A must read .
Set against London’s summer of terror this novel explores topics as racism, stalking and the love between Georgie and her Russian lover Nikolai. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bits about Books
I liked this book. Jennie Ensor writes in an easy to read style and, after an initial fairly slow start, the book flows with various story lines interwoven so I was soon absorbed. Read morePublished 22 days ago by judithanne
Very, very good - loved Nikolai's character in particular, while the many themes twisting through this debut novel, a strong sense of time and place and beautiful writing put it a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca L.
A gripping psychological thriller with many twists which holds the reader throughout. The suspense is nail-biting and I cold not wait to finish it.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Merle S. Russell
I read this book not knowing what to expect. It has been been one of the most enjoyable reads I've had for a long time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ripley Severn
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