Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough – REVIEW

Cross Her Heart by Sarah PinboroughSOMEONE IS LIVING A LIE… BUT WHO?

Is it Lisa?
Haunted by a tragic past, all Lisa wants is a quiet life with her daughter, Ava. And when she meets a new man, things seem to be falling into place. But Lisa is hiding a secret so momentous it could shatter her entire world…

Is it Ava?
When sixteen-year-old Ava saves a young boy’s life, she becomes a local hero. But never in a million years could she have anticipated the fallout of her actions…

Is it Marilyn?
Marilyn has the perfect life. Her husband, her job, her house―she seems to have it all. But she could never admit to her best friend Lisa the lies she tells herself to get through the day…

One moment will change these three women’s lives forever. And the secrets they’ve been keeping could destroy them all.

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

“No one ever told me how selfish love it. How it eats you up. How many games you have to play to get what you want.”

Thank you so much to Harper Collins for this gorgeous proof copy of Cross Her Heart. I’ve read some of Sarah Pinborough’s other books but this is my first time reading one of her thrillers. I remember Behind Her Eyes being discussed frequently on twitter and litsy last year but I somehow never bought a copy (more miraculously, I somehow still haven’t had the ending spoiled!). After reading this, I’ll definitley be buying it as soon as possible though as I can’t wait to see if it’s as good as this one. 

“I know how that rage can lead to terrible things. Can leave someone with regrets like tombstones which have to be carried through life, back-breakingly heavy and deserved.”

The story alternates point of view between Lisa, her sixteen-year-old daughter Ava, and her best friend Marilyn. In part 3, there are also chapters written from the perspective of the person wanting revenge on Lisa, allowing the reader a little insight into their motivations and shared history. Every character has secrets, some much larger and more dangerous than others though. I thought the way Sarah Pinborough parcelled out the reveals constantly heightened the tension and kept me gripped from start to finish. I kept saying “one more chapter” as I couldn’t bear to put the book down.

“You see what you want to see. You believe what’s in front of you.”

I love crime books so it was a pleasure to find another author who can plot such twisty thrillers, full of unexpected turns and reveals. The characters were well fleshed-out and Lisa, Ava, and Marilyn were easy to empathise with – which is actually incredible considering the dark past one of them is hiding. The book ended with a satisfying resolution, continuing to surprise me until the final page. I can’t wait to read Behind Her Eyes as I enjoyed Cross Her Heart so much. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys crime and thrillers.

Release Date: 17 May 2018

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