Blind Side by Jennie Ensor
Why I read: intriguing thriller set in London.
Book blurb: “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.”
An exciting read Blind Side combines a thriller and a love story. One night Georgie makes a mistake and sleeps with her friend Julian who reveals he is in love with her. Shortly after in a London bar she meets Nikolai, a Russian ex-soldier, and as she starts dating him she begins to suspect he has dark secrets. What follows is a unique, gripping psychological thriller of friendship, guilt, betrayal, obsession and love.
I really enjoyed following Georgie as she discovers more about Nikolai, unravels new truths and secrets and their relationship develops. It had me hooked from the start. Most of the story is told through Georgie’s eyes but we are also given insights into the mind of Georgie’s stalker as his obsession escalates. All 3 of the main characters Georgie, Nikolai and Julian were really well written and realistic. Their actions and motives were believable. The story is full of twists and turmoil making it a great psychological thriller. What impressed me most was the way numerous issues surrounding their relationship and the 7/7 attacks in London were explored and added a real depth to the story. Issues such as racism, terrorism, fear, different classes and immigration are woven throughout the story making it a thought-provoking read.
Overall I’d give it a solid 4 stars for an exciting psychological thriller with real depth. A brilliant debut I look forward to seeing what the author writes next.
I’d recommend to fans of: psychological thrillers, complicated love stories, suspense, mystery.
I received a free copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.