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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition edition (17 March 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1799726932
- ISBN-13: 978-1799726937
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 213 g
- Customer Reviews: 117 customer ratings
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"This romantic suspense tale thrusts readers into the action, with one heart-racing, adrenaline-filled scene after another. Leigh's (Morgan Dane series) vulnerable yet strong lead characters add depth to an exciting new series." --Library Journal
"Leigh, (Whisper of Bones, 2019, etc.) has a genuine talent for creating believable, appealing characters and realistic dialogue...With a clear setup for future adventures, this novel promises to become a likable series." --Kirkus Reviews
"A gripping thriller, Cross Her Heart is fast paced and riveting, with the complex and compelling lead homicide detective, Bree Taggert. The first in a destined to be a hit series." --Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author
"Melinda Leigh has topped herself--and goes to the top of my must-read author list. Cross Her Heart is everything I love in a thriller, and Bree Taggert is everything I love in a heroine. READ THIS BOOK. You won't be able to put it down." --Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of The Third to Die
"Masterful! Melinda Leigh knows just how to blend poignant family drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense. As the heroine of this thrilling new series, Bree Taggert will capture your heart." --Laura Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. After joining Romance Writers of America, she decided writing was more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She's also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with two nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, Say You're Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don't Lie, What I've Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women's self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. For more information, visit www.melindaleigh.com.
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The story focuses on Bree Taggert, a Philadelphia homicide detective who gets a desperate voicemail from her younger sister saying she's it trouble. Yikes!
Bree and her sister had a troubled youth, something that created a special bond, but the urgent call brings Bree unexpectedly back to her hometown an into the middle of a murder with more questions than answers. Once you start reading, you'll want to finish. Hold on!!
The author's reader-friendly storyline creates an engaging mystery thriller with plenty of suspense and tension but without the cheap shock and trauma elements that too easily destroy a good book.
The story plotline has a strong human element with believable dialogue, all built around family needs and small town values, but not without lots of conflicts and differing motivations, each revealed as the story develops. I especially enjoyed how the author made me feel I was right there---trying to figure everything out. Who to trust? Who to watch?
Even though the storyline is similar to many of the author's previous works, it was a satisfying reading experience because I trusted the author and knew it would be a worthwhile read. This novel is a great escape read for a rainy weekend or a long trip.
I've also become a big fan of Audible's narrations that make the storytelling even more interesting with just the right amount of dramatic flair in this version.
After several recent strange books, it was good to get lost in a reader-friendly novel again. So glad this first book in the series had a solid ending, while also creating a good series foundation with some interesting characters and potential adventures for future installments.
Pluses: good mystery that kept me guessing until late in the book when I was able to figure it out before the big reveal; depth of character development for Bree, her siblings and Matt; good background on Grey's Hollow; likeable characters who are not perfect but are good people. 4.5-stars and well worth the read.
It’s always good to start a book series with the first book. To do so provides you with the history of the main characters. Cross Her Heart provides a thorough description of what Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Detective Bree Taggert and former Sheriff’s deputy Matt Flynn have been through.
After Bree collars a criminal she has chased down, she listens to a voice mail message from her sister, Erin, in which Erin sounds like she is scared and says she is in trouble asking for Bree’s help. Bree immediately arranges for time off to go to Grey’s Hollow, New York, where she was born and where her sister Erin, and her brother Adam, still live.
Before Bree can get there, Matt Flynn, a former Sheriff’s deputy and K9 officer, who was shot in the line of duty, as a result of which can no longer pass a firearms test because of the damage done to his dominate hand from a “friendly fire” bullet, arrives at the house where his long-time friend Justin Moore, lives. Because of an injury received in an automobile accident, Justin has become addicted to OxyContin.
Erin did not want drugs in the house where her children lived and so she asked him to move out. He was now attending NA meetings and, since he was not allowed to drive, Matt picked him up and took him to meetings. When Matt and Brody, his former K9 partner and now his personal pet, arrived to pick Justin up, Brody alerted Matt to the fact that something was not right. When Matt finally entered the house he found Erin in Justin’s bedroom floor dead from a gunshot wound with Justin nowhere to be found.
Bree arrived at Erin’s house to find two deputies searching it. Upon their advice, she went to the Sheriff’s office to learn where her sister was and why her house was being searched. The acting Sheriff, Chief Deputy Todd Harvey, advised her that her sister had been shot and killed and her nephew and niece were with their Uncle Adam. The previous Sheriff had been found guilty of corruption and had committed suicide and it seemed as though no one wanted the job.
Realizing that both the individual who found the body and the individual who knew the victim best were experienced police officers, Todd asked both of them to steer clear of the investigation since they were too close to it. Since Bree knew of Matt’s history as a deputy sheriff, she wanted to talk to him about the situation.
Upon leaving the Sheriff’s office, Matt found Bree waiting for him. She asked to talk to him in private so he took her to his house. Unfortunately, because of an incident that happened when she was a child, Bree was terribly afraid of dogs and Brody was a large German Shepherd who looked a lot meaner than he was. Recognizing this, Matt sent Brody to his cage.
Matt and Bree agreed that it seemed certain Todd had already made up his mind that Justin had killed Erin. Matt assured Bree that he did not believe Justin was the killer. They also agreed they did not have confidence in the ability of the Sheriff’s office to find out who killed Erin. They decided to join forces and “work the case” together.
Then, of course, there is the matter of the secondary characters, Luke and Kayla, Erin’s children, Adam, Bree’s and Erin’s artist brother, Dana, Bree’s partner in Philadelphia, Craig, the children’s biological father, to whom Erin was never married and who is not named on their birth certificates, and Marge, who is the woman who “runs” the sheriff’s office from the receptionist’s desk.
All of these secondary characters have important roles and you will find them very interesting. So, by all means, read this book.
Bree makes the decision to go back to Grey’s Hollow to find and help her sister. There are interesting family dynamics, Matt Flynn and his German Shepherd, Brody, Dana Romano (homicide detective) and some surprises. Looking forward to the next one!
Reading some four and five star reviews I'm wondering if the readers read the same book as I did.
The book starts well and we are introduced to the central character (Bree); a fearless female cop. We learn about an awful past, there's a murder, and a commitment to investigate. All well and good.
Where the book begins to slide is through the introduction of the second central character - an ex-cop - who battles his own demons (shot in friendly fire and forced into retirement). This character has an ex-police dog. Don't get me wrong; I'm a dog lover but there's so much dog in the book, it distracts from the story.
The handy arrival of Bree's partner solves a convenient problem, the story is well-paced, but the ending was a little disappointing.
I'll probably read the next Bree book; there are elements in the first that make it an interesting read and opens the door to the next investigation.
CROSS HER HEART is an amazing introduction to the new series by Melinda Leigh that is full of twists and turns that will leave the reader on the edge of their seat right up till the last page is turned. It is full of captivating characters, a mystery that will leave you guessing and a potential romance between Bree and Matt that will keep the reader glued to the pages. The story just flows smoothly and kept me glued to the pages, wondering what would happen next. I didn’t know who the bad guy was until almost to the end and was shocked by it. The twists and turns the author throws in the story were perfect and had me hanging on the edge wondering what would happen next.
Meet Philadelphia detective Bree Taggert. She left Grey’s Hollow after her parent’s murder-suicide as a child and hasn’t been back in years. Now with a desperate call from her sister Erin, Bree is back and determined to find her sister’s killer. I love, love, love Bree. She’s strong, relatable, and quite determined. Her vulnerabilities are mentioned several times and as the reader gets to know more about Bree and her family, you can’t help but find yourself sympathizing and rooting for them all. The characters are where the author shines the most in my opinion. Ms. Leigh creates strong characters who can stand on their own but also are able to accept a helping hand as well. They are complex, multidimensional, and relatable. I found all the main players in this first book of Bree’s series wonderful and unique in their own way.
CROSS HER HEART is a perfect introduction to the new series by Melinda Leigh and captured my interest right off the bat. I could not put this book down and can not wait for book two to get here. I see a winner in her new series and look forward to seeing where the author goes with this one. If you enjoyed past series like Morgan Dane or her Widow’s Island series she cowrites with Kendra Elliott, then you will definitely have to check CROSS HER HEART out and settle in, the story will leave you breathless till the very end.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement
Bree knows how explosive the line between love and hate can be, yet the evidence against her troubled brother-in-law isn’t adding up. Teaming up with Justin’s old friend, former sheriff’s investigator and K-9 handler Matt Flynn, Bree vows to uncover the secrets of her sister’s life and death, as she promised Erin’s children. But as her investigation unfolds, the danger hits close to home. Once again, Bree’s family is caught in a death grip. And this time, it could be fatal for her.
My Thoughts: When Bree receives a desperate call from her sister Erin, she is determined to help her with whatever trouble she is facing. But despite their family’s violent past, Bree cannot foresee what does come to pass: Erin is murdered. Cross Her Heart brings together moments from the past and the present as Bree determines to find out who has killed her sister.
Many possibilities lead the reader down several pathways, following red herrings and trying to sort out family issues. The little town of Grey’s Hollow has more than its share of troubled individuals, from addicts to criminals in many forms.
I liked Bree’s way of dealing with issues, and I enjoyed the family drama unfolding in a peaceful setting, despite the trauma of Erin’s death. A friendship is brewing between Bree and former detective Matt Flynn, who will be a larger-than-life figure in her life.
As the first book in a new series featuring Bree Taggert, this one roped me in to a cast of characters that would stay and be part of her ongoing life. 5 stars.