Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Antonia Beamish – Narrator
Audiobook - Duration: 10:23:41
Published September 4th, 2018 by HarperAudio
The New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes returns with a twisty, hair-raising psychological thriller about a single mom, her daughter, and her best friend, the secrets they hide, and the danger they can't escape.

Lisa lives a very quiet life. A single mother nearing forty, she devotes herself to raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Wary of men, Lisa doesn't speak of her past or Ava's absent father. Her best friend Marilyn wishes she would open up more and maybe finally go on a date—with the sexy new client who's obviously keen—but Marilyn has problems of her own.

Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager—chill with friends, go to swim practice, study for exams, have a boyfriend. Her mom would freak if she knew that Ava's already got someone special, someone who makes her feel sophisticated—and wanted.

Lisa has spent a long time looking over her shoulder, but lately she's been especially uneasy. Small things from the past have begun to appear in the present, feeding her anxiety. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won't be enough. She'll need help from the only person she can trust—Marilyn. Between them they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. Truly honest. Marilyn did promise she'd do anything to help.

But a long time ago, Lisa made a promise too. Then she broke her word. And that betrayal hasn't been forgotten—or forgiven.

Now, someone is going to make her pay for her sin.

My thoughts...

I loved Behind Her Eyes and enjoyed the strange ending it had. I was very much looking forward to reading Sarah Pinborough's latest book Cross Her Heart. Unfortunately, it never seemed to completely capture my interest.

Lisa is a mother in her thirties who keeps a quiet life and is devoted to her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Marilyn is Lisa's best friend that she has been working alongside of for the past ten years. Marilyn is also very close to Lisa's daughter and treats her as if she was her own. The beginning of the book gives you a glimpse into the life that Lisa, Ava and Marilyn are leading. Lisa has lived in fear for a long time and is constantly looking over her shoulder. Lisa and Marilyn both have secrets of their own. Ava has recently started keeping secrets, one that she has no desire to share with her close friends or anyone.

When a young boy falls into the water at a community fair, Ava doesn't hesitate to jump in and save him. With reporters covering the community fair, Ava and her rescue become headline news. As a result, Ava and her mom's pictures are all over the local papers. This sets in motion a series of events that will change their lives forever because Lisa’s secret is coming for her. This time Lisa isn’t running, she is going to face her past to protect Ava.

I liked the alternating perspectives from Lisa, Ava and Marilyn. There are also chapters that were broken into past and present, little by little we find out the secret that Lisa is keeping. I had a difficult time hearing about Lisa’s childhood and about her relationship with her brother. It just saddened me. I found that this book started slowly for me, it did pick up once Lisa’s secret was revealed. I did figure early on where the plot was leading and that may be why the story didn’t completely capture my interest.

Cross Her Heart is all about secrets, lies, betrayal, and deception and no matter how hard Lisa tried to hide those things, they did come out in the end.

Happy Reading –


  1. I'm SO glad I passed on this one for my BOTM. Great review!! It sounds like one I'll perhaps snag from the library.

    1. Yes, borrow from the library, it was an okay read but sadly I wouldn't run out to purchase it.

  2. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one even though it started slow and was some how predictable.

    1. I wasn't expecting how predictable it was going to be and how early on I was able to figure out where the plot was leading. I will still read from this author.