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Sunday, June 24, 2018

REVIEW: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @wmmorrowbooks #crossherheart

Cross Her Heart
by Sarah Pinborough

Thanks so much to William Morrow for this amazing copy!

Pinborough is one of my FAVORITE thriller writers.  This book just proves again and again why I love her style so much. Continue below for my FULL thoughts and be sure to add this to your TBR.

Publisher:  William Morrow Books
Publish Date:  September 4, 2018
352 Pages
Genre:  Psychological Thriller

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 Review:

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 Eyes did.  I mean that in the best way - so those of you who had issue with that book (we won't talk about that... ahem... 😉), then don't worry - this one is safe for the likes of you. 🙄🤣  This time she gives smaller reveals peppered through each section that is still just as effective.

There's no secret that Pinborough is one of my FAVORITE authors.  I just love her writing style.  She quick paced while still building a story.  At the end of part one of this book, I was all... UM WAIT... wasn't expecting it to go in that direction!  I WILL say that there is ONE thing about this story that I had a teeny itsy bitsy bit of an issue with... but I can't discuss that right here... so please SOMEONE who has read this, come talk to me ASAP!  And all of you reading this, put this on your TBR and then come discuss with me when you're done.  K, thanks! However, this did not take away in the slightest from my enjoyment of this book.  I may or may not have hugged the book when I closed it. 

While I'm not a person that really gets triggered by books, I can see where this one may do that as it deals with abuse and children.  Just a tiny warning for those who may get triggered.  I did feel that within this book it was done fairly subtly, but as a person who isn't triggered easily, what do I know ultimately.  People react differently to all types of reads and/or situations. 

In a nutshell, I just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this read.  Three parts, multiple POVs and my favorite character?  Marilyn.  Read the book.  Tell me what you loved the best about it -who your favorite character was and just how many other of Pinborough books you're going to read now.  She still holds top bar for me and I can't wait to get more from her. 


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