Book Review: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough ~ #CrossHerHeart #BookReview #WTFThatEnding #WTFThatWholeBook

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Cross Her Heart


Sarah Pinborough





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.






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My Review




Lisa is a supportive friend. A hard worker. A woman with a burgeoning romance on the cards. She is also a loving mother to sixteen-year-old Ava and even the fear and guilt that blanket her days can’t parallel what she feels for her daughter. She has worked everyday since the moment she was born to protect her. And nothing and no one will harm her. Except, perhaps the past. Because Lisa’s secret is still very much a part of her. And it could shatter Ava’s life and fragment her future within seconds.




Marilyn is intelligent, determined and efficient. A strong sort of person to take charge of any situation and rein it into line. She is the perfect friend. Supportive, reliable and kind. The ten-year bond she shares with Lisa is built on strong foundations. They have been there to ease one another’s turmoil and pull each other through the tough days at work. But even after so many years, Marilyn hasn’t given Lisa a proper glimpse into her true life. A chink in the rosy world she paints for observers. There is so much more to see than what she gives the world. And who knows what would happen if it did.




Ava is sixteen-years-old with a big life ahead of her. One she is determined to live to the full. But it isn’t easy with her mother as over-protective as she is. They have always been close but now she is growing up and she wants some space and privacy. Freedom to hang out with her friends and have fun. Some corners of her life she wants to keep in the dark. Just for her. None more so than the secret she keeps tucked close to her chest. One that weaves a strand of joy through her days at school. But not all secrets are good ones. And soon, the three women, their three secrets will unravel.




With themes such as jealousy, revenge and abuse, this book is a very, very emotional read. And although these elements are a huge part of it, the courage, love, friendship and survival hit a core with me the most. I thought I had the plot sussed at the beginning but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Sarah Pinborough’s red herrings are the best! She deceptively takes the reader into the story and throws twist after twist until your heart is hammering away and your mind is fishtailing into over drive.




Murder, betrayal, lies and manipulation and Sarah Pinborough invites you into a story which will have you gripping your seat in rapt attention. Each page strips back another layer in this wickedly clever and gloriously dark novel. I was a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough’s first book for adults, Behind Her Eyes, which divided opinions everywhere and prompted a surge of readers to take to social media with the hashtag #WTFThatEnding. Cross Her Heart is just as good if not better in a way. I think this should have the hashtag #WTFThatWholeBook! It is absolutely brilliant!




Startlingly dark. Wickedly clever. Absolutely incredible.





To purchase a copy of the book, you can follow the links below

Amazon UK

Book Depository






About Sarah Pinborough



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Sunday Times No.1 bestseller SARAH PINBOROUGH is the critically acclaimed and award-winning, adult and YA author. Her previous novel, Behind Her Eyes, has sold in 25 territories, been shortlisted for the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller in hardback and paperback. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough


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Huge thanks to Jaime Frost & HarperCollins for my review copy!

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