REVIEW: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart

Published May 17th 2018 by HarperCollins

“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-protective.  Ava has started keeping secrets. One special secret in particular. She won’t even tell her friends this secret.

It’s something just for her….

Lisa knows her daughter deserves privacy but she just wants to keep her safe and protect her. She has to protect her…because she knows “how terrible it can be out there.”   Lately, Lisa has been feeling like something isn’t right. Little things keep throwing her off. A picture is misplaced, a familiar song on the radio. She’s not sure if she’s being paranoid, but it’s making her even more nervous than usual.

Marilyn is Lisa’s best friend. They met at work and have been close ever since. Marilyn is also very attached to Lisa’s daughter. So when Lisa and Ava need her help, she will do whatever she can. But will her own situation get in the way?

Lisa, Ava, and Marilyn are very different but the one thing they do have in common is that they are all keeping secrets…some bigger than the others. And when some of the secrets start to come out, things start to unravel. Unfortunately, there’s much more to come.

I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the alternating perspectives and the short chapters that were broken into Before, Now, and After. I really thought I knew where the story was headed. Although I was right about a few things, some of the twists really threw me for a loop. I could easily have read this in one sitting if life hadn’t gotten in my way. However, I picked up this book whenever I found a free minute, and as I neared the ending, sleep was the last thing on my mind. I was up reading until I finished the last page.

“Cross Her Heart”  was an addictive, intense, and entertaining domestic suspense novel. A story about secrets and lies and how sometimes no matter how hard you try to hide things, in the end, they always seem to find a way to come out.

Sarah Pinborough sure knows how to tell an interesting story. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this talented author.

I’d like to thank HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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