Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @HarperCollinsUK @fictionpubteam @katyblott #crossherheart # SarahPinborough

img_7072Published May 2018 Harper Collins

Book Description


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.

My Thoughts

Well first, special thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book, accompanied by stickers saying, ‘OMFG’ and an emoji shocked face!  This led me to think I was in for a treat and my, was that true!

The story starts with Lisa and Ava celebrating Ava’s 16th birthday, we’re quickly introduced to Marilyn, Lisa’s colleague and best friend and on the surface all seems fine, but each of these women have secrets they are hiding.  These secrets are gradually revealed as the novel progressed but I was particularly impressed by how much this book kept me guessing throughout the reading experience.

Divided into 3 parts, with the first section being mainly in the current, highlighting Ava’s secretive behaviour, leading up to the catalyst for the remainder of the book and the trigger for another big reveal.  In part 2 we learn more about Lisa and her hidden past while part 3 is back in the current time with a sinister and climactic finale.

The writing style was from a number of points of view with the current writing in the first person and the historical chapters in the third person.  In this way the story was told in a highly readable way and I must say for me this book was hard to put down!  The characters were engaging and all of the supporting cast were relevant in telling the story.

Safe to say I was a big fan of this book, it was tense thrilling and for me not at all predictable.  The telling of the story from the past was well done and while shocking I was impressed that the author chose such a difficult issue to write about and I thought it was insightful and authentic.

I have seen mixed reviews for this book, for me it comes highly recommended, as a strong psychological thriller.

Thanks for reading.

8 thoughts on “Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @HarperCollinsUK @fictionpubteam @katyblott #crossherheart # SarahPinborough

      1. I haven’t read it, but I’ve read another book by the same author and don’t feel compelled to read this one. I think some of the mixed reviews have put me off!

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      2. I wondered if you did too Janel, because I think you buddy read it with Eva? Personally I much preferred it to Behind Her Eyes but then I’m not a huge fan of magical realism / fantasy or whatever it was going on in Behind Her Eyes!!

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      3. I did buddy read it with Eva, and my thoughts were very similar to hers, except my dislike was stronger 😅😂 I’m just going do a short review in my next rapid reviews post. I loved Behind Her Eyes, I think ‘whatever was going on’ was something supernatural, so maybe it falls within the realm of fantasy 😂

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