Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart

The explosive follow-up from Sarah Pinborough, author of the number one Sunday Times bestseller Behind Her Eyes.‘Original and compelling, the very definition of a page-turner’ Sun‘This year’s biggest new thriller’ Metro‘Cross my heart and hope to die…’Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?A secret no one could ever guess.Someone is living a lie.Is it Lisa?Maybe it’s her daughter, ...

Details Cross Her Heart

TitleCross Her Heart
Release DateMay 17th, 2018
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Cross Her Heart

  • Paromjit
    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, ofte...
  • Miriam Smith
    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 ...
  • Debra
    3.5 starsLisa 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 l...
  • 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.
  • Liz Barnsley
    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...
  • 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 m...
  • Malia
    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, "Behi...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    (view spoiler)[Warning: Really upsetting content, child abuse, forced prostitution, child grooming etc. DNF at 86%Honestly this book is so upsetting. Very strong theme of child abuse, I just can't read this. I will never understand who could enjoy reading such upsetting horrible stuff- #sorrynotsorryI wish there were ratings for books as I am really fed up about reading rape, abuse, neglect- enough is enough. (hide spoiler)].
  • Karen
    Having read and enjoyed Behind Her Eyes I was very much looking forward to reading Cross Her Heart and was absolutely delighted to receive a proof copy from Harper Collins.The chilling prologue sets the scene and I had expectations of what was to come. With a timeline moving between Now, Before, and After and comprising of a multiple narrative, the story has those short chapters which I love and it didn’t take long to be completely immersed in ...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on Cross Her Heart has atmosphere and mystery within its pages and I found myself gripped by the plot. Sarah Pinborough does a great job of making you think one way about a character before suddenly surprising you, and though I don't want to give too much away, I will say this is satisfyingly twisty.The characters are a mixed bag of likable and annoying, but they all felt convincing and interesting to read about. ...
  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    It's been a long time since I read a book in 24 hours but I could not put Sarah Pinborough's latest twisty offering down! As a seasoned thriller reader it's not often that a plot twist catches me completely off guard but Sarah managed it several times in one book. The plot is expertly crafted as we get to know Lisa, Ava and Marilyn and the secrets they're keeping from one another. This book has layers upon layers and it's best to go into it knowi...
  • Blair
    The more thrillers and crime novels I read, the more appreciation I have for writers who can take an existing formula and make it work, fill it with anticipation and uncertainty, get you obsessively curious about what is or isn't going to happen. Being able to do that is like a magic trick – it looks effortless but takes tremendous skill, and a hell of a lot of people try and fail at it. With Cross Her Heart, Sarah Pinborough had me hooked inst...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    There has been so much divisiveness with Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes, that I'm sure there are quite a few readers that are tripping around whether to read Cross Her Heart or not. Well, let me tell you... I LOVED Behind Her Eyes, but understood why it didn't fit some readers. While Pinborough is SO good with the twisty turns that you fall in love with in psychological thrillers, this book doesn't quite give you that #WTFThatEnding like Behind Her...
  • Lou
    I completely devoured "Behind Her Eyes", Pinborough's last bestselling novel, so whether to read this or not was an easy decision for me. I found "Cross Her Heart" a lot darker than BHE, I loved it! The darker the better in my opinion. It is twisty and engaging with interesting characters but ultimately it didn't blow me away as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong the plot is executed well, the writing easy to follow and there are some OMG moments. I...
  • Jules
    This is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Pinborough, but I’m certain it won’t be the last.I was initially attracted to this book when a friend shared a post about it on her Facebook page, and I fell in love with the cover. It actually reminded me of one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. Pinhead from Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart. I am pleased to report that I did not encounter any scary Cenobites in this book. Phew! ...
  • Tracy Fenton
    My Review: I am a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough’s last book Behind Her Eyes and it went straight into my Top Ten books of 2016 even though it hadn’t been officially released until 2017. I am also a huge fan of psychological thrillers and therefore when I was given an Advanced Copy of Cross Your Heart I was a tad excited (actually I think I may have jumped up and down several times and punched the air in glee).When I started this book I was in ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    4.5 stars! Review to come!
    Lisa can never fully be at ease as she cannot quite put her dark past behind her. A past she has worked very hard to keep secret from everyone in her life including her daughter Ava and her best friend Marilyn. Her priority is to keep her daughter safe and to give her the best life she can. Ava feels her overpotective mother is overbearing at times. She would rather spend time with her group 'my bitches', her boyfriend Courtney and especially the...
  • Renny Barcelos
    Of all books by this author I've read (and some I truly loved!) this is by far a disappointment.The whole plot is deeply cliche (has happened almost like that in real life with Pauline and Juliet ( and has been written and rewritten hundreds of times--loads of them, much better than in this novel. There are too many misleading tactics used to try and turn this into a serious mystery but all they do is make...
  • Mairead Hearne (
    ‘The fear never truly leaves me. I’ve had lulls where I can almost let go of the past, but then a random moment like this triggers a panic and I realise it will always be there like hot tar glued to the lining of my stomach. And recently I’ve had this feeling, an unsettled disquiet, as if there’s something off-kilter I should see but I don’t. Maybe it’s me. My age. Hormones. Ava growing up. Maybe it’s nothing. But still…..’ Whoa...
  • Kath Elizabeth
    Trigger warnings for domestic abuse, rape, child abuse and forced drug useWow, what a book. Sarah Pinborough's second adult thriller is twisty, dark and disturbing - far more so than her previous novel Behind Her Eyes. Its told through the perspectives of three women; single mother Lisa, our protagonist, her sixteen year old daughter Ava, and Lisa's best friend Marilyn. All three women are harbouring secrets about their lives, but they're far dar...
  • NZLisaM
    Her Best Book to DateLet me start off by saying that thankfully this one was more like ‘Thirteen Minutes’ than ‘Behind Her Eyes’ as I don’t think I could have coped with another impossible, outside-the-realm-of-possibility ending. Once was clever, albeit weird, but twice would’ve been over-the-top. This isn’t very eloquent, but I loved, loved, loved this one. There I was thinking I was so clever – that I’d guessed at least some ...
  • Julia
    Sarah Pinborough has done it again: Cross Her Heart is a masterpiece; an incredible journey that’s more twisty and turny than the Tasmanian Devil doing The Twist on the Waltzers during an earthquake.Initially though I admit I was unsure – the early part of the book felt similar to several others I’ve read recently and I thought I knew where it was going so I was a little disappointed, but – give it a few chapters and then BAM! Pinborough ...
  • Kate
    Sarah Pinborough is an extraordinary writer, constantly surprising, and enchanting and shocking by turn. This is both clever and extremely harrowing. The skill is immense although at times Cross Her Heart is too tenderly painful for this reader. Nevertheless, excellent. A review to follow closer to publication.
  • Sophie Eminson
    Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough is an incredibly emotional and captivating read. As a mother or daughter, female readers will love this narrative, being able to feel the characters’ emotions and understand their actions entirely. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, combining themes of friendship, family and privacy to encompass Lisa’s character and the way we all lead double lives to some extent. Trigger warning for scenes of sexual ...
  • Joanne Robertson
    Having loved Behind Her Eyes, I was beyond excited to be able to read Cross Her Heart which was published last week. How would this new book measure up to the #WTFThatEnding hype of Behind Her Eyes? Well in my eyes, pretty good!! I think I actually enjoyed it even more and those of you who were disappointed by that book and felt a little cheated by it’s cross genre shocks, then I think you will feel much more comfortable with this more traditio...
  • gem
    3.5I raced through this as I was desperate to find out what was really going on! The whole premise of this book is secrets and lies and that no one is really what they appear to be on the surface, and that makes everyone untrustworthy... its a very twisty Book, and the pace is very fast as it switches between narrators. I did become invested in the characters I wanted Lisa to get to the bottom of what the heck was happening!The ending was dramati...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    Sarah Pinborough didn’t let us down with her second thriller. Totally different from Behind Her Eyes but every bit as thrilling, Cross Her Heart is as much character driven as it is plot driven. It is very believable, very heartbreaking and very disturbing. There are too many secrets and too many lies. It starts off slowly then rapidly goes into overdrive. It has lots of twists and turns and once again Sarah is able to pull off a stunning surpr...