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Cross Her Heart

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  15,335 ratings  ·  2,147 reviews
Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it's time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news ...more
Hardcover, First, 400 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Susan Leonard I think you will enjoy 'Cross Her Heart'. Its a more straight forward domestic psychology thriller, same great writing by Pinborough, but without the …moreI think you will enjoy 'Cross Her Heart'. Its a more straight forward domestic psychology thriller, same great writing by Pinborough, but without the 'element' that you didn't like in 'Behind Her Eyes'.(less)

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Lala BooksandLala
This was the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. ...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I read this for a bookish video experiment which will HOPEFULLY be on my channel soon. I honestly don't know what to fully think of this book. I haven't read many mystery thrillers, but this one seemed kind of all over the place. There was also something in this that was SO UNREALISTIC. It's like ????? y'all really didn't question this certain thing that was happening?? ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Do I write the scathing, saucy review or just let it go? #petty
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arcs
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“Cross Her Heart” was my first read from, Sarah Pinborough and I really enjoyed it.

The first chapter pulled me right in. Someone is very angry. The letter this person is reading has sent him into a rage. He starts to make a plan…

He wants to destroy her.

Lisa is a mother in her thirties who likes her quiet life. She’s devoted to her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Ava loves her mother but feels that she is way too over-protec
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Sarah Pinborough has huge numbers of fans of her twisted psychological thrillers and I am sure most of them will love her latest book too. I have to admit to being less than enamoured with Behind Her Eyes and I hoped that was just a blip and that I would like this more. I cannot deny the author provides us with well written, skilful and intricately plotted storylines, with unexpected twists. Her characters are suitably unreliable and flawed, often unlikeable. The story here is delivered from the ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Having adored "Behind Her Eyes" and totally enjoying the wacky ending it had, I was very much looking forward to reading Sarah Pinborough's latest offering "Cross Her Heart".
Although the storyline or ending to this one wasn't anywhere near as crazy, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be a brilliantly written psychological thriller. The author had each of the character's dialogue tone perfect, switching between an angst teenager to a worried and concerned mother seamlessly. The quick alterna
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 stars

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 loo
Hannah Greendale
Forced, redundant, and apathetic. Slow to start and a spiraling mess by the end. Cross Her Heart is an unsurprising thriller whose superficial narrative hinges on information withheld from the reader and characters with flimsy motives.
Holly  B
Last year's Behind Her Eyes (2018) was one of my top reads.  I really enjoy Pinborough's writing style and was beyond excited to read her newest. While this one has many of my favorite suspense elements ~ an unreliable narrator, a twisty plot, and a bunch of flawed characters (some I liked/others not so much), it never seemed to completely capture my interest. I found myself wondering if the final twist was going to "win" me over. You can be sure there are some shocker twists.

It is a fast re
Katie B
I really enjoyed reading this book and practically raced through it. Lisa is a single mom and she seems to be overly protective of her teenage daughter. She probably is hiding a secret or two. That's all you really need to know other than this falls in the mystery/thriller genre.

The back cover states "You won't see it coming" and that is a lot of hype to live up to and unfortunately there are some elements of the story that are predictable. I'm left with the same feeling I had when I finished T
Kristin (KC)
I have such a tremendous love for Pinborough's writing--here's hoping the streak continues with this one!

*Huge thanks to Edelweiss for providing an advanced reader's copy, for which I will leave an honest and fair review*
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Well this was a waste of time 😒
Susanne  Strong
2.75 Stars* (rounded up)

Secrets & Lies: They do not become us.

Lisa’s past haunted her for years. She has done her best to keep it hidden but if anyone else finds out, her life could come crashing down in an instant. Ava is a teenager who feels stifled by her mother Lisa and she can’t help but want to have a life of her own. Each has secrets from the other. Secrets that could tear their little family apart.

Unfortunately, “Cross Her Heart” by Sarah Pinsborough didn’t quite work for me as I found
2.5 stars

Lisa is the stereotypical helicopter parent. A single mother to 15 year old Ava, she spends most of her waking moments worrying about her daughter. Ava naturally bristles against her mother’s hovering. Lisa is a bundle of nerves but she has her best friend Marilyn who helps her maintain a bit of balance in her life.
The story alternates chapters with  Lisa, Marilyn, and Ava as the narrators. The reader knows something has happened in Lisa’s past but we have no clue what it might be. We

Let's talk about this one, shall we?

Reading Sarah Pinborough is like delving into fine wines that should come with a warning label. It may or may not be your vintage. It may or may not swirl just right in your glass. And the bouquet may intrude upon your delicate palate.

We are introduced to Lisa, a single mother of sixteen year old Ava. Although having a full-time job with some highly unusual co-workers, Lisa spends almost every breathing moment worrying about her daughter and checking
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough is another book that as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a try after reading Behind Her Eyes. But again before I will get to the rest of the review when finished with this one I know that it is another that will not be for everyone with a definite need for a trigger warning for child abuse.

The biggest part of the story is told from three points of view in the present, Lisa, Ava and Marilyn. Lisa is teennage Ava’s mother and Marilyn is Lisa’s co-work
Starting at 12:01 on Saturday morning and finished by 7pm Sunday night, CROSS HER HEART consumed almost my entire weekend. A fast paced thriller with so many twists and turns, I can honestly say that I did not guess how it would end. I love when that happens!

There are so many reviews out already, I'm not sure what I can add to what's already been said, but here we go. Lisa loves her daughter Ava so much, but is suffocating her by being so over-protective. Now that Ava is 16, she's chomping at th
Diana | Book of Secrets
Unfortunately this book didn't work for me. I found it slow and repetitive, and lacking any big surprises that made me want to keep reading. The twist at the end was so far-fetched, which sometimes can be entertaining (like in her previous book, Behind Her Eyes), but this time I was just shaking my head. I see lots of positive reviews for Cross Her Heart, so probably an "it's me" situation here. Borrowed from the library. ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I've ever read in my life, and hands down the worst I've read this year. Chelsea and I picked this up for our first month's Scared Suspense Book Club choice, and we both did not enjoy it. I felt the plot was over the top ridiculously unrealistic and unoriginal. I think this might be my last chance at redemption with Sarah Pinborough. Sorry folks!

I am getting really fed up with Sarah Pinborough's use of (view spoiler)
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough from Goodreads for my honest review.

An intense thriller about a women (Lisa) who desperately tries to hides her past from her daughter (Ava). She does so to try to keep her daughter safe. Lisa is an overprotective mom and Ava is a rebellious teenager, who loves to test her limits. Both are hiding secrets that can threaten their lives.

An intense read with one heck of a crazy ending!
Liz Barnsley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genuinely brilliant on way too many levels to mention them all.

But - Characters. Depth. Relevance. Emotionally stunning. Creatively insightful. Heart stopping at times and beautiful in all the right places - kind of sums it up.

Basically read this today because it was so engaging it was impossible to do anything else except devour in short order.

All of which I'll say in a slightly longer but still short teaser review soon. But not one plot detail will you get from me. Lips sealed. Best served co
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I sped through this book and yet I never quite felt gripped by or connected to the story. In fact, as I write this review, details are already beginning to fade from my memory (I very much hope this is only because it was an unmemorable book and nothing to do with my short-term memory!) It wasn't bad, it just wasn't spectacular in any way. Let me back-pedal for a second. The reason I say this is because I thought Pinborough's previous book, "Behind Her Eyes", though mighty weird, was definitely ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Cross my heart and hope to die. You can’t break a deal like that. You can’t.”

I was one of the many readers absolutely blown away by Behind Her Eyes. When I saw Sarah Pinborough had a new selection, I immediately attempted to obtain an early copy . . . and my request remained in “pending” status until after the book was released, leading me to look a little something like . . . .

Luckily my best friend the library always has my
Everyone has secrets.

'Cross Her Heart' is told from the perspectives of three women, written in alternating chapters (as seems to be the trend these days), but Pinborough is the absolute master at this. There's an unparalleled ease and flow to her storytelling.

Here we are introduced to Lisa, a single mother escaping from an abusive relationship. Ava is Lisa's teenage daughter, and Marilyn is Lisa's co-worker and best friend.

Lisa doesn't discuss her former relationship with anyone, nor does she d
The Book Review Café
I must admit I picked up Cross Her Heart with trepidation, I absolutely loved Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, you know the one I mean, it’s the one you probably saw all over social media with the #WTF hash tag. This one comes with the tag Don’t Trust Her Books, and never a truer word was written! I thought I pretty much had this book all worked by the first half, but then wham bam the author very deviously pulled the rug out from under me, not once but on several occasions. Brilliantly twis ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Cross Her Heart is my first time reading a novel by Sarah Pinborough, but it will definitely not be my last. It seems that her novels can be rather polarizing, and I am happy to report that I really enjoyed this one.

What it's about: Lisa is living a fairly quiet life - she has a best friend named Marilyn, a teenage daughter she loves named Ava, and a great job. But when her daughter saves a boy from drowning and it ends up in the papers, it creates a whirl of activity brought on by
Cross My Heart, Hope To Die.

This book is wild! I’m still trying to wrap my head around how we got from the beginning of this book to the end? Sarah Pinborough Has once again left me reeling and thinking WTAF? This book started off simply enough. We have Lisa the helicopter mother, Ava The rebelling daughter, and Marilyn the devoted friend. We know Lisa has a bit of a past, because she is hesitant to start a new relationship with Simon. We also know that Ava has started an online correspondence
DJ Sakata
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I said yes because I wanted to. Because I’m lonely… being near him is like peeling back layers of delicate crepe paper wrapped around a treasure you’ve packed away somewhere to keep safe and forgotten about.

His eyes are full of quiet interrogation. Marriage, divorce… other boyfriends - all the information men are interested in. Things that boil down a woman’s relevance in relation to other men, rather than anything in and of themselves. The inside information comes later. Those
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
Sarah Pinborough has to be one of the most clever writers I’ve come across in recent years, she has a unique style of writing that works perfectly for me and I’m never quite sure exactly what to expect when I start one of her books. I was a huge fan of Behind Her Eyes, WTF ending and all so I was prepared to be surprised again and while I definitely was with this one, it had a different appeal that I appreciated greatly. I always like when an author switches things up slightly with each new book ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough from Goodreads for my honest review.

Lisa, is extremely overprotective of her 16 year old daughter, Ava. All she wants to do is keep her daughter safe. When Lisa's secrets from her past surface they unleash an unyielding domino effect that put Ava, Lisa, and her best friend, Marilynn in arms way.
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Cross Her Heart'. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Dead T ...more

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