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

Reviews Cross Her Heart

  • Lala BooksandLala
    This was the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...“Cross Her Heart” was my first read from, Sarah Pinborough and I really enjoyed it.The first chapter pulled me right in. Someone is very angry. The letter this person is reading has sent him into a rage. He starts to make a plan…He wants to destroy her. Lisa is a mother in her thirties who likes her quiet life. She’s devoted to her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Ava ...
  • 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...
  • Holly B
    Last 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 can be s...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Linda
    Well......Let's talk about this one, shall we?Reading Sarah Pinborough is like delving into fine wines that should come with a warning label. It may or may not be your vintage. It may or may not swirl just right in your glass. And the bouquet may intrude upon your delicate palate.We are introduced to Lisa, a single mother of sixteen year old Ava. Although having a full-time job with some highly unusual co-workers, Lisa spends almost every breathi...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “Cross my heart and hope to die. You can’t break a deal like that. You can’t.” I was one of the many readers absolutely blown away by Behind Her Eyes. When I saw Sarah Pinborough had a new selection, I immediately attempted to obtain an early copy . . . and my request remained in “pending” status until after the book was released, leading me to look a little something like ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. So I was beyond excited to begin reading this one.Here, we are introduced to Lisa (a single mother escaping from an abusive r...
  • Book of Secrets
    Unfortunately this book didn't work for me. I found it slow and repetitive, and lacking any big surprises that made me want to keep reading. The twist at the end was so far-fetched, which sometimes can be entertaining (like in her previous book, Behind Her Eyes), but this time I was just shaking my head. I see lots of positive reviews for Cross Her Heart, so probably an "it's me" situation here. Borrowed from the library.
  • 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)].
  • 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...
  • Kristy
    Lisa lives a quiet life with her teenage daughter, Ava. She keeps a close-hold on her, which chafes on Ava, who is ready for independence from her mother. But Lisa has a good reason. She has a secret past: one she's never shared with Ava or even her best friend and co-worker, Marilyn. All that changes when Ava rescues a young boy from drowning at a local fair. Her picture and Lisa's are splashed across the news and papers, threatening the world L...
  • 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 ...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    2 stars. Hummm here's my very brief thoughts. Snails pace beginning - mediocre middle - ugly mess of an ending - superficial characters - repetitive - ridiculous plot twists. Absolutely nothing worked for me in this book - Ugh! P.S. can I get a refund. LOL!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...