Cross Her Heart – Sarah Pinborough


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: I am a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough’s last book Behind Her Eyes and it went straight into my Top Ten books of 2016 even though it hadn’t been officially released until 2017. I am also a huge fan of psychological thrillers and therefore when I was given an Advanced Copy of Cross Your Heart I was a tad excited (actually I think I may have jumped up and down several times and punched the air in glee).

When I started this book I was in hospital having just had major surgery on my neck and maybe the morphine had something to do with my first impressions, but I will admit I was slightly disappointed. The start of the book seemed to me (as an avid psychological thriller fan) very similar to at least 3 other books I’ve recently enjoyed with the storyline, however there is a moment (and no I won’t tell you where) when this book flips you on your head and you can’t help thinking OMG I did NOT see THAT coming, and then the story really starts.

I won’t rehash the story here, but I will say that this book has so many twists and turns you end up slightly dizzy (although that may still be the morphine). With a story told through 3 fascinating characters points of view, alternating from past to present, Sarah Pinborough keeps the reader gripped and truly on their toes throughout.

A highly addictive, clever and fast paced psychological thriller with several OMG moments and enough red herrings to keep fans of this genre guessing throughout.

About the Author: Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of ‘Behind Her Eyes’ which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and is in development for television with Left Bank productions. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel ‘Cross Her Heart’ comes out from HarperFiction in the UK in May 2018 and from WilliamMorrow in the US in September 2018.

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