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Blind Side: A gripping psychological thriller by [Ensor, Jennie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Terry Tyler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2017
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Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

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.
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Set during the 2005 London bombings, Blind Side is the story of three people whose lives become dangerously entwined. The author brilliantly uses the tension in the city at the time to fuel a drama that unfolds between Georgie, Nikolai and Julian. The story is narrated by Georgie in a concise style that effectively conveys her thoughts and emotions as she falls in love with Nikolai – a Russian damaged by events that happened during the Chechen war.

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.
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4.5

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.
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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.
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