- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; edition edition (17 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008132011
- ISBN-13: 978-0008132019
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.4 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Brilliantly clever and compelling, loved it!’ B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
‘Cross Her Heart is dark, unflinching and disturbing and there was parts of it I wanted to read from between my fingers… 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 Accident
‘Sarah Pinborough does it again with this disturbing descent into a heart of darkness. Highly recommended’ Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home
A powerful, twisty thriller with characters that stay with you long after you've finished’ Michelle Frances, bestselling author of The Girlfriend
‘Critics have spent much time searching for well-written, original examples. Sarah Pinborough passes the test. She writes with passion, creates strong, subtle characters and is adept at conjuring the unexpected. Cross Her Heart is about three interesting women and some nasty men. To say more would reveal a powerful plot’ The Times
‘Action-packed adventure thriller’ Daily Mail
‘The author’s storytelling is as sure-footed as ever’ Guardian
‘A pacy, twisty thriller that will hook you with its first few pages’ Stylist
‘Once the first reveal hits you in the face, you’ll be lucky if you can put the book down to go to bed… and if you can get to sleep when you do’ Independent
‘A dark and compulsive read’ Woman & Home
‘A dark and twisted thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on’ Red Online
‘A slow-burning sense of panic starts to build and will keep readers hooked until the last page, culminating in an explosive final scene which is beautifully paced, atmospheric and incredibly tense…an intense and enjoyable thriller’ Daily Express
‘The reigning queen of the out-of-nowhere twist returns with an addictive tale of hidden pasts and troubled relationships’ i
The gripping new psychological thriller from the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author
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What a book Cross Her Heart is! It's not often a psychological thriller can bring me to tears but as I said at the start of this review, I am a broken woman. I feel as though I've gone ten rounds with a champion heavyweight boxer, beaten and bruised but I wouldn't have changed it for the world. I had been warned previously that what you see isn't necessarily what you end up getting with a Pinborough novel. This author is a master at making you think one thing, pulling the wool completely over your eyes and then going 'taddah' and you're somewhere else entirely different to where you predicted. Top marks for doing it with such aplomb! Many writers try and achieve something similar and they do manage to some degree but this book, this author seem to reach a whole new undiscovered level.
I immediately liked Lisa. I could see a little of myself in her and maybe that was the reason I warmed to her as quickly as I did. She's an overprotective parent of a sixteen-year-old. She keeps herself to herself, gets on with her life and spends her days fretting about keeping Ava, her daughter, safe. It becomes apparent to the reader that Lisa has a lot of history, that something happened in her past that she's either running away from or there is someone she's hiding from. She has secrets but we all have secrets, right? It's just that some are a lot bigger, a lot more earth-shattering than others though...
Lisa is one of three strong female characters hiding their devastating secrets from the world in this story. Her daughter Ava has her own issues to deal with including an overprotective mother, exams and pressure from her friends to move her relationship with her boyfriend to the next level. Then we also have Marilyn, Lisa's best friend who's perfect life isn't the idyllic picture she paints on a daily basis. I adored all three of these characters. As Pinborough tantalisingly revealed their secrets and dropped another bombshell on her reader, how much I liked them varied quite dramatically - and I found that utterly fascinating.
I do have to mention Daniel and how he totally broke my heart into a million pieces and how, during parts of the book, I had to put it down and walk away and clear my mind a little. I had to have a breather otherwise I would have been a shambolic, sobbing mess in the corner of the room. But as I'm a 'no spoiler reviewer' I can't really tell you anything else about him or his story. If you want to find out more then you'll have to get a copy of Cross Her Heart.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, yes! What a page-turner of a read. What a brilliant, yet devastating story this is. I was completely hooked and I didn't want it to end. There were a couple of small points which I struggled to believe but the storytelling is so wonderfully intense and so riveting that I didn't really care. I was just enjoying a stonkingly good novel! Heartbreaking, emotional, impossible to tear yourself away from and so utterly devastating in places, this book should win awards.
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Cross Her Heart. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Lisa 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 lived in fear for a long time and is constantly looking over her shoulder. As secrets become known, the danger and suspense mounts...
Secrets, lies, betrayal, deception are all themes of this book. All the characters have secrets in this book. Some of their secrets are straightforward i.e. Ava is chatting with a mysterious person on Facebook. Other secrets take their time to be revealed. Some secrets have been buried deep and will slowly become known over the course of the book.
I found that this book started slowly for me, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. She had to set the stage and slowly unravel her plot. It did take some time, but I found that time to be worth it. If this starts slowly for you, my advice is to stick with it. As the secrets begin to be revealed the book picks up and doesn't stop. This is well written and although slow to start, ended nicely and did not disappoint. I did not love this as much as I did her other book, "Behind her Eyes" but this one is enjoyable.
I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and William Morrow in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa is a single mother, raising her only child, a 16 year old Ava. Ava has her friends and at time Lisa is a little overbearing with her and Ava resents it. But, Lisa has reason to be. She has a secret life that she has been hiding for years. She doesn't want anyone to know where she is. But when real life happens and her daughter saves a drowning boy, their picture is taken, and now Lisa is scared for her daughter's life. When the story comes out about who Lisa is, her daughter runs away and all her friends turn their back on her.
Lisa's life was just turning around, she had a best friend, Marilyn and a great job and now she has met a man that she thinks she loves and he feels the same..But things can't always stay the same and now Lisa is running for her life and her daughters.
Don't want to give away too much because this is such a great book, you need to read and find these surprises!! Don's miss this one.
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