Blind Side by Jennie Ensor

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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

I’m sure the subject matter of sleeping with your best friend will be a familiar one to a lot of people! As to if it’s the best idea in the world? Well that is as individual as the individuals involved! Of course friendship and turn into love and im sure there are many happy couples out there that started this way, but i also imagine there to be a fair few ruined friendships or friendships that have changed out there down to that one impulsive decision!

The story centres around the love triangle between Georgie, Julian and Nikolai, a former Russian soldier who has issues of his own.

After sleeping with best friend Julian he decides to tell her that he has been in love with her for years, having never realising his feelings for her she takes a step back from their friendship having profound effects on them both.

Georgie then meets Nikolai and despite always being wary of love due to previous heartbreak falls for the russian soldier non the less, but as time goes on she begins to witness how deeply war-time incidents in Chechnya have affected Nikolai and begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her.

Then London gets attacked! Is she reading too much into the situation or is the situation a lot closer to home than she wants to even think about!

As for Julian, rejection hasn’t been easy for him to accept and it has turned him into her own personal stalker. Something no one needs or should have to endure. We get to see things Julian gets up to that Georgie doesn’t, emails, the middle of the night phone calls , the sitting in a tree to spy, following wherever she and Nicolai go, escalating to the point beyond unpredictability.

This book is full of twists and turns, misleading clues and the odd red herring that it makes sure it keeps you reading and guessing! And just to keep you on your mental toes even further there are more aspects to this book besides the relationships between characters. It deals in a very real sensitive way with the 7/7 London attacks as well as tackling themes such as terrorism, immigration, family, sexual relationships, trauma, secrets, guilt and regret!

I think that this will be on of those books that leaves a lasting impact on the reader by the end of the book.

Well worth a read, even if this isn’t in your normal genre of books. Very impressive debut novel and it will be very interesting with where the author takes us next!

This book can be purchased now from Amazon uk for an amazing price of 99p!

 

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