- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (September 4, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062856790
- ISBN-13: 978-0062856791
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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“The plotting in Cross Her Heart is calm, cool and beautifully orchestrated—until, WHAM, you marvel at what Pinborough has just tossed in your lap. There are plenty of I-can’t-believe-she-just-did-that moments that will have you sitting straight up in your chair. What a terrific ride.” (Meg Gardiner, author of Unsub)
“The amazing Sarah Pinborough has done it again with this brilliant, pacy story of lies and deceit.” (B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors)
“The past decade of crime fiction has been remarkable for the huge number of novels… featuring women... Some have been excellent, but most have been indistinguishable... Critics have spent much time searching for well-written, original examples. Sarah Pinborough passes the test. She… is adept at conjuring the unexpected.” (The Times (London))
“As the narrative weaves among these three… characters, readers are pulled deeper into their connected webs of secrets and lies… Fans of Pinborough’s smash debut, Behind Her Eyes, won’t be disappointed… [This is] a fast-paced, twisty thriller... Devotees of B.A. Paris and Ruth Ware will be fascinated.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“[A] tension-driven page-turner… The anxiety builds relentlessly... Cross Her Heart is unapologetically feminist, driven by the strong relationships between women, for better or worse. This will be an easy sell for fans of all domestic suspense… especially fans of Liane Moriarty and Megan Abbott.” (Booklist)
“The one element that sets Pinborough’s novel apart from similar thrillers is the emphasis on female empowerment and the power of female relationships.… Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will find this comfortingly familiar despite (or maybe because of?) the shocks and turns along the way.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[Pinborough’s] work invariably possesses a surreal, dreamlike quality... The juggling of multiple viewpoints shows great elan, and the author’s storytelling is as sure-footed as ever.” (The Guardian)
“A masterclass in artful misdirection… brilliantly rendered and utterly harrowing. To say any more would be to give Pinborough’s high stakes game away: suffice to say those twists keep coming, each one a perfectly controlled explosion, right to the mesmerising final pages.” (Irish Times)
“The first act lays the groundwork… But then Pinborough…puts her foot down, and throws more twists and turns into the road than Switzerland’s Grimsel Pass. Once the first reveal hits you in the face, you’ll be lucky if you can put the book down to go to bed.” (Independent (UK))
“Dark, unflinching and disturbing… Heart-breaking in places, twisty as hell. I’d like to claim that I guessed the ending but Sarah stayed one step ahead of me all the way through. Pacy, unnerving, addictive read with a dark, dark heart.” (C. L. Taylor, author of The Missing)
From the Back Cover
Promises aren’t meant to be broken . . .
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BEHIND HER EYES COMES A CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ABOUT A DEDICATED SINGLE MOM, HER RESTLESS TEENAGE DAUGHTER, AND HER TROUBLED FRIENDS—ABOUT THE SECRETS THEY HIDE, AND THE PASTS THEY CAN’T ESCAPE
Lisa lives a very quiet life. A single mother nearing forty, she values her privacy and devotes herself to raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Wary of men, Lisa doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Her best friend and coworker, Marilyn, wishes she would open up more and maybe finally go on a date—especially with the sexy new client who’s obviously keen—but maybe Marilyn shouldn’t be handing out dating advice given her own problems.
Ava, meanwhile, is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager—chill with friends, go to swim practice, study for exams, have a boyfriend. Her mom would freak if she knew that Ava’s already got someone special, someone exciting and mysterious, who makes her feel sophisticated—and wanted.
Lisa has spent a long time looking over her shoulder, but lately she’s been especially uneasy. Just when she starts to let her guard down, small things from the past begin to intrude upon her carefully constructed life, feeding her anxiety. As her world begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust—Marilyn. Between them they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. Truly honest. Marilyn did promise she’d do anything to help.
But a long time ago, Lisa made a promise too. Then she broke her word. And that betrayal hasn’t been forgotten—or forgiven. Now someone is going to make her pay for her sin. A captivating and hair-raising psychological thriller, Cross Her Heart is a masterful tale of obsession, intrigue, and suspense that will leave you reeling.
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All the characters were well written and multi-layered, but Sarah Pinborough really does have a knack for writing realistic teenagers. Just like the girls in ‘Thirteen Minutes’, Ava and her friends display the insecurities, risky behaviour, and mood swings you expect from young adult characters, although for dramatic purposes their behaviour is of course more extreme than in real life.
I have to say it really annoys me when the book blurb gives too much away, and it seems to be a trend that’s on the rise lately. Ava doesn’t save a boy from drowning until 29% of the way through the kindle edition. Why on earth was it included in the summary?
A must-read for fans of this genre.
Sarah Pinborough is a master at the slow reveal of truths/secrets.
The story is of 40 years old Lisa. She's a little strange. She has her issues and she has her secrets. She's the single mother of 16 year old Ava. Ava is at that age where she thinks parents are weird, clingy, and she thinks she knows better than her mother. We've all been there. But Ava has secrets too.
Things from Lisa's past start to show up. This disturbs Lisa and makes her super anxious and a wee bit crazy feeling.
Then lets also mention Lisa's BFF, Marilyn. Oooh Marilyn. I feel like at first Marilyn is your typical thriller/mystery character but she blooms into a beautiful treasure within the pages. She also has my favorite quote of the book.
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.
But when her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa’s world explodes.
As she finds everything she has built threatened, and not knowing who she can trust, it’s up to Lisa to face her past in order to save what she holds dear.
But someone has been pulling all their strings. And that someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.
Because long ago Lisa broke a promise. And some promises aren’t meant to be broken.
My Thoughts: From the first pages of Cross Her Heart, we can sense something that regularly niggles at Lisa, our MC. Some dark secret from the past that she has tucked away carefully, which makes her seem overly obsessive about some things. Her teenage daughter Ava resents how carefully her mother guards her, as if danger lurks.
When her dark past is revealed after photos are shown in the news, we are still not completely sure about those secrets. Throughout the story, I felt there was a lot more to the past; secrets even Lisa kept to herself back then. Some events she doesn’t even remember clearly. As we rapidly turn the pages, going back and forth in time, we learn more about what really happened all those years ago…and what someone is doing to torture Lisa in the present.
Now she must find the secret tormentor, someone she believes is out there, despite the evidence that suggests otherwise. What will Lisa do to finally put the past to rest? How will her BFF Marilyn help her?
I loved how the characters fought for the truth…and for peace with the past. 5 stars.
I was wrong.
I honestly wasn’t expecting this.
If you’re planing on spending any time at the beach this summer bring CROSS HER HEART with you. Hell, if you can read at all read this book. It’s full of hidden treasures: great characters, intriguing, thoughtful plot and a surprise ending.
Read it. You won’t be sorry!
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 left with the same feeling I had when I finished The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window which is my overall opinion of the books is positive but it was disappointing to figure out which direction the author was going before the end. Now there are some aspects of this book that are surprising and that is one reason why out of those three books I enjoyed this one the most. The plot really does grab ahold of you and makes you want to keep reading but just be prepared as it just doesn't quite reach the level of perfect mystery/thriller. I still recommend if you are a fan of the genre. Just a forewarning though there is some graphic and disturbing content.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.