Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough #BookReview

About this book…


Is it Lisa?
Haunted by a tragic past, all Lisa wants is a quiet life with her daughter, Ava. And when she meets a new man, things seem to be falling into place. But Lisa is hiding a secret so momentous it could shatter her entire world…

Is it Ava?
When sixteen-year-old Ava saves a young boy’s life, she becomes a local hero. But never in a million years could she have anticipated the fallout of her actions…

Is it Marilyn?
Marilyn has the perfect life. Her husband, her job, her house—she seems to have it all. But she could never admit to her best friend Lisa the lies she tells herself to get through the day…

One moment will change these three women’s lives forever. And the secrets they’ve been keeping could destroy them all.

My review…

Having loved Behind Her Eyes, I was beyond excited to be able to read Cross Her Heart which was published last week. How would this new book measure up to the #WTFThatEnding hype of Behind Her Eyes? Well in my eyes, pretty good!! I think I actually enjoyed it even more and those of you who were disappointed by that book and felt a little cheated by it’s cross genre shocks, then I think you will feel much more comfortable with this more traditional psychological thriller. Don’t get me wrong, there are some major “WOW!” moments here and some shocks that will leave you spinning but there is definitely a more conventional vibe to the plot. It will certainly have you second guessing yourself as you get dragged into this dark and utterly terrifying storyline where you never quite know who you can trust.

I do adore an unreliable narrator especially when I’m not quite sure who it is! Here we are introduced to three women and the first part of this book covers their everyday lives. Lisa has a great job where she has just landed a new contract and possibly a new man at the same time. Her 16 year old daughter Ava has a boyfriend but seems to be enjoying an online flirtation with another man. Finally, there is Marilyn, Lisa’s oldest friend who is keeping a few secrets of her own! And they are all about to have their lives turned upside down by one unexpected and shocking moment.

I loved this book, it had everything I look for in a psychological thriller! It was dark, distinctly disturbing at times and I had no idea where it was heading!! Whilst I worked out one little bit of the resolution, there was so much more within this brilliant narrative to keep me turning those pages. But be warned there are some tough scenes to read in there and my own heart broke as I read them, leaving me confused as they completely turned around my feelings about one of the characters!! And don’t you just love it when that happens?!

Sarah Pinborough writes wonderfully engrossing portrayals of these women, bringing their conflicting emotions to the forefront of the storyline. And that turned one of the plot points into an impossible dilemma for me, especially as it contained an act of unspeakable evil and violence.

This is definitely a book that plays on your mind long after you’ve finished it. If you didn’t love Behind Her Eyes then please do try Cross Her Heart as it’s a very different style of book and as a lover of psychological thrillers, I really do rate it very highly!

Cross Her Heart: The gripping new psychological thriller from the 1 Sunday Times bestselling author is available to purchase from Amazon UK (please note that this is an affiliate link) My review copy came from the publisher via netgalley.

Meet the author…

Sunday Times No.1 bestseller SARAH PINBOROUGH is the critically acclaimed and award-winning, adult and YA author. Her previous novel, Behind Her Eyes, has sold in 25 territories, been shortlisted for the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller in hardback and paperback. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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