Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog tour for THE GIRL IN HIS EYES by Jennie Ensor
Her father abused her when she was a child. For years she was too afraid to speak out. But now she suspects he’s found another victim…
Laura, a young woman struggling to deal with what her father did to her a decade ago, is horrified to realise that the girl he takes swimming might be his next victim. Emma is twelve – the age Laura was when her father took away her innocence.
Intimidated by her father’s rages, Laura has never told anyone the truth about her childhood. Now she must decide whether she has the courage to expose him and face the consequences.
Can Laura overcome her fear and save Emma before the worst happens?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This story really hits hard.
Laura has a secret that she has never told anyone. When she was twelve he said she was special. What they did was special and she mustn’t ever tell. She never had told anyone until now. She knew what he was now and she knew that look, but it wasn’t at her it was at another little girl. Could she save her?
Oh wow! This crept under my skin and made it crawl. Jennie Ensor takes you into the mind of an innocent child, a damaged woman and that of a man with a compulsion that he can’t keep under control. It left me in no doubt about what happens but she skillfully lead me to a point that my own imagination took over at the most heart breaking points and then to the aftermath of how it affected everyone. The reasoning and blame as each saw it.
This must be one of the most difficult subjects to write about and yet Jennie nails it from every side. All of them living a lie to protect someone, even the abuser as he lies to himself to justify his actions, the only way to live with what he does. The story goes back into the past to when Laura was twelve but the real focus of the story is on Emma. Can she be saved from the same ordeal, or worse? The story is tension fuelled from the start but has Laura the courage to face her past or can her step-dad control what he desires more than anything. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about ………………….
Jennie will set on fire every emotion in you because you will feel it through her characters including the shame. The shame that the victims shoulder that it must be their fault and the shame of the abuser for being found out, not for what they have done.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennie Ensor lives in London and has Irish roots. During a long trip overseas she obtained a Masters in Journalism and began her writing career as a journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry. Her debut novel BLIND SIDE was published by Unbound in 2016. In January 2018 her short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition. Her poetry has appeared in many UK and overseas publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. She sings in a chamber choir.
Author website & blog: https://jennieensor.com
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JennieEnsorAuthor