Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart

Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it's time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa's world explodes, and she finds everything she...

Details Cross Her Heart

TitleCross Her Heart
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult, Psychological Thriller, Crime, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Cross Her Heart

  • Paromjit
    Sarah Pinborough has huge numbers of fans of her twisted psychological thrillers and I am sure most of them will love her latest book too. I have to admit to being less than enamoured with Behind Her Eyes and I hoped that was just a blip and that I would like this more. I cannot deny the author provides us with well written, skilful and intricately plotted storylines, with unexpected twists. Her characters are suitably unreliable and flawed, ofte...
  • Miriam Smith
    Having adored "Behind Her Eyes" and totally enjoying the wacky ending it had, I was very much looking forward to reading Sarah Pinborough's latest offering "Cross Her Heart".Although the storyline or ending to this one wasn't anywhere near as crazy, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be a brilliantly written psychological thriller. The author had each of the character's dialogue tone perfect, switching between an angst teenager to a worried ...
  • Debra
    3.5 starsLisa is a single mother raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava, without any help. She mainly keeps to herself but does have a friend from work named Marilyn. Both women like to keep to themselves and both have secrets. Ava also has secrets. She is a member of the swim team and is trying to be more independent. She has friends, a boyfriend and someone she has been chatting to through Facebook. Someone no one knows about.....Lisa has l...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Forced, redundant, and apathetic. Slow to start and a spiraling mess by the end. Cross Her Heart is an unsurprising thriller whose superficial narrative hinges on information withheld from the reader and characters with flimsy motives.
  • Holly B
    3.5 STARSLast year's Behind Her Eyes (2018) was one of my top reads.  I really enjoy Pinborough's writing style and was beyond excited to read her newest. While this one has many of my favorite suspense elements ~ an unreliable narrator, a twisty plot, and a bunch of flawed characters (some I liked/others not so much), it never seemed to completely capture my interest. I found myself wondering if the final twist was going to "win" me over. You...
  • Katie B
    I really enjoyed reading this book and practically raced through it. Lisa is a single mom and she seems to be overly protective of her teenage daughter. She probably is hiding a secret or two. That's all you really need to know other than this falls in the mystery/thriller genre. The back cover states "You won't see it coming" and that is a lot of hype to live up to and unfortunately there are some elements of the story that are predictable. I'm ...
  • Carrie
    Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough is another book that as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a try after reading Behind Her Eyes. But again before I will get to the rest of the review when finished with this one I know that it is another that will not be for everyone with a definite need for a trigger warning for child abuse.The biggest part of the story is told from three points of view in the present, Lisa, Ava and Marilyn. Lisa is t...
  • Char
    Starting at 12:01 on Saturday morning and finished by 7pm Sunday night, CROSS HER HEART consumed almost my entire weekend. A fast paced thriller with so many twists and turns, I can honestly say that I did not guess how it would end. I love when that happens!There are so many reviews out already, I'm not sure what I can add to what's already been said, but here we go. Lisa loves her daughter Ava so much, but is suffocating her by being so over-pr...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Genuinely brilliant on way too many levels to mention them all.But - Characters. Depth. Relevance. Emotionally stunning. Creatively insightful. Heart stopping at times and beautiful in all the right places - kind of sums it up.Basically read this today because it was so engaging it was impossible to do anything else except devour in short order. All of which I'll say in a slightly longer but still short teaser review soon. But not one plot detail...
  • The Book Review Café
    I must admit I picked up Cross Her Heart with trepidation, I absolutely loved Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, you know the one I mean, it’s the one you probably saw all over social media with the #WTF hash tag. This one comes with the tag Don’t Trust Her Books, and never a truer word was written! I thought I pretty much had this book all worked by the first half, but then wham bam the author very deviously pulled the rug out from under m...
  • Malia
    I sped through this book and yet I never quite felt gripped by or connected to the story. In fact, as I write this review, details are already beginning to fade from my memory (I very much hope this is only because it was an unmemorable book and nothing to do with my short-term memory!) It wasn't bad, it just wasn't spectacular in any way. Let me back-pedal for a second. The reason I say this is because I thought Pinborough's previous book, "Behi...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    (view spoiler)[Warning: Really upsetting content, child abuse, forced prostitution, child grooming etc. DNF at 86%Honestly this book is so upsetting. Very strong theme of child abuse, I just can't read this. I will never understand who could enjoy reading such upsetting horrible stuff- #sorrynotsorryI wish there were ratings for books as I am really fed up about reading rape, abuse, neglect- enough is enough. (hide spoiler)].
  • Lucie
    I am one of those people who loved Sarah Pinborough's thriller 'Behind Her Eyes' and was not annoyed by its ending at all. I thought it was glorious fun. I know it was unconventional and paranormal, but hey, it's FICTION. I love to be surprised. I love to gasp out loud at the end and preferably several times along the way. I also just love this author. I simply love the way she writes, the ease and flow of her storytelling.'Cross Her Heart' is to...
  • Amy
    Sarah Pinborough has to be one of the most clever writers I’ve come across in recent years, she has a unique style of writing that works perfectly for me and I’m never quite sure exactly what to expect when I start one of her books. I was a huge fan of Behind Her Eyes, WTF ending and all so I was prepared to be surprised again and while I definitely was with this one, it had a different appeal that I appreciated greatly. I always like when an...
  • Karen
    Having read and enjoyed Behind Her Eyes I was very much looking forward to reading Cross Her Heart and was absolutely delighted to receive a proof copy from Harper Collins.The chilling prologue sets the scene and I had expectations of what was to come. With a timeline moving between Now, Before, and After and comprising of a multiple narrative, the story has those short chapters which I love and it didn’t take long to be completely immersed in ...
  • Heidi
    Sarah Pinborough has been on my tbr list for ages and I had heard so many good things about her that I was really excited to receive a review copy of her latest thriller Cross Her Heart. The story starts innocently enough in a been-there-done-that manner: a single mother (Lisa) of a teenager (Ava)is living under the radar on the run from a deep dark secret in her past. A common theme, and one that would be difficult to make stand-out-original, or...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on Cross Her Heart has atmosphere and mystery within its pages and I found myself gripped by the plot. Sarah Pinborough does a great job of making you think one way about a character before suddenly surprising you, and though I don't want to give too much away, I will say this is satisfyingly twisty.The characters are a mixed bag of likable and annoying, but they all felt convincing and interesting to read about. ...
  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    It's been a long time since I read a book in 24 hours but I could not put Sarah Pinborough's latest twisty offering down! As a seasoned thriller reader it's not often that a plot twist catches me completely off guard but Sarah managed it several times in one book. The plot is expertly crafted as we get to know Lisa, Ava and Marilyn and the secrets they're keeping from one another. This book has layers upon layers and it's best to go into it knowi...
  • Blair
    The more thrillers and crime novels I read, the more appreciation I have for writers who can take an existing formula and make it work, fill it with anticipation and uncertainty, get you obsessively curious about what is or isn't going to happen. Being able to do that is like a magic trick – it looks effortless but takes tremendous skill, and a hell of a lot of people try and fail at it. With Cross Her Heart, Sarah Pinborough had me hooked inst...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    There has been so much divisiveness with Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes, that I'm sure there are quite a few readers that are tripping around whether to read Cross Her Heart or not. Well, let me tell you... I LOVED Behind Her Eyes, but understood why it didn't fit some readers. While Pinborough is SO good with the twisty turns that you fall in love with in psychological thrillers, this book doesn't quite give you that #WTFThatEnding like Behind Her...
  • Jules
    This is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Pinborough, but I’m certain it won’t be the last.I was initially attracted to this book when a friend shared a post about it on her Facebook page, and I fell in love with the cover. It actually reminded me of one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. Pinhead from Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart. I am pleased to report that I did not encounter any scary Cenobites in this book. Phew! ...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: September 4, 2018 Genre: Domestic Thriller Actual Rating: 3.5 starsThis book has a good premise although it was completely unexpected as the synopsis didn't explain much. In many ways, this is a good thing because I fear if the synopsis gave too much detail then it would take away from the story. However, when it comes to the execution, I found the story to be lacking that "oomph" that would have made it extra special. I found th...
  • Lou
    I completely devoured "Behind Her Eyes", Pinborough's last bestselling novel, so whether to read this or not was an easy decision for me. I found "Cross Her Heart" a lot darker than BHE, I loved it! The darker the better in my opinion. It is twisty and engaging with interesting characters but ultimately it didn't blow me away as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong the plot is executed well, the writing easy to follow and there are some OMG moments. I...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Cross Her Heart brought out for me the distinction Aristotle made between a story that is impossible but sufficiently probable for an audience to believe it and one that violates none of the laws of nature but is so highly improbable that we turn away in disbelief. Sarah Pinborough’s earlier Behind Her Eyes was famous for “that ending” with many readers couldn’t accept. But for me, who can entertain the notions of out of body travel, luci...
  • QHuong(BookSpy)
    This was one of the worst. Worse than Behind Her Eyes, which by the way I didn't like at all because of the ending. I think that from now on I will not touch any books by Sarah Pinborough ever again. I struggled so much in order to finish this book since I didn't want to DNF it, though I was very tempted. The plot didn't contain any thing that was worth attention and so, unfortunately, didn't capture my interest. I wouldn't exaggerate - this book...
  • Tracy Fenton
    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 ...
    Lisa can never fully be at ease as she cannot quite put her dark past behind her. A past she has worked very hard to keep secret from everyone in her life including her daughter Ava and her best friend Marilyn. Her priority is to keep her daughter safe and to give her the best life she can. Ava feels her overpotective mother is overbearing at times. She would rather spend time with her group 'my bitches', her boyfriend Courtney and especially the...