From the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, now a Netflix sensation!
WARNING: Will keep you up all night
Lisa tells lies.
Most of them are small white lies intended to make the life of her daughter, Ava, easier.
But her biggest lie of all about to be exposed.
Because Lisa is lying to everyone.
Lisa isn’t who she says she is.
Lisa isn’t even called Lisa at all.
Her real name is Charlotte Nevill and as a child she was convicted of the brutal murder of her half-brother, Daniel.
Someone out there knows the truth. They’re determined to make Lisa pay. And they won’t stop until everything she loves is destroyed.
‘Brilliantly clever and compelling, loved it!’ B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
‘A pacy, twisty thriller that will hook you with its first few pages’ Stylist
‘Cross Her Heart is about three interesting women and some nasty men. To say more would reveal a powerful plot’ The Times
‘Heart-breaking in places, twisty as hell’ C.L. Taylor, author of Strangers
‘Sarah Pinborough does it again with this disturbing descent into a heart of darkness’ Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home
‘A powerful, twisty thriller’ Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend
‘Once the first reveal hits you in the face, you’ll be lucky if you can put the book down to go to bed… and if you can get to sleep when you do’ Independent
‘A dark and compulsive read’ Woman & Home
About the author
Sarah Pinborough is a New York Times bestselling and Sunday Times Number one and Internationally bestselling author who is published in over 30 territories worldwide. Having published more than 25 novels across various genres, her recent books include Behind Her Eyes, now a smash hit Netflix limited series, Dead To Her, now in development with Amazon Studios, and 13 Minutes and The Death House in development with Compelling Pictures.
Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the British Book Award for best Thriller.
Sarah lives in the historic town of Stony Stratford, the home of the Cock and Bull story, with her dog Ted.
You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Just when we thought this excellent psychological thriller couldn’t possibly surprise us again, it did—over and over. Despite her difficult past, Lisa has worked hard to make a good life for herself and Ava, her 16-year-old daughter. But everything changes when a lifetime of secrets and lies come to light. Told via twin timelines and multiple narrators, Cross Her Heart is filled with genuine shocks and powerful emotional depth. Yet the novel’s complexities and twists don’t bog it down—they add to the suspense and our sincere investment in the characters.
Plot twists take precedence over psychological depth in this uninspired thriller from British author Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes). Single mother Lisa Buckridge, who works for a small recruiting company and lives in fear of someone from her past, devotes herself to her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. In turn, Ava feels smothered by her mother's monitoring of her life and keeps from Lisa both her decision to lose her virginity to a casual boyfriend and her obsession with a man she's only communicated with online. The dark history that Lisa was covering up ends up exposed after Ava, a gifted swimmer, rescues a toddler who fell into a river at a fair in Elleston, England. In her relief at Ava's safety, Lisa forgets to shield her face from a newspaper photographer, and the published picture leads to a revelation that shatters her connection with Ava. By pulling more than one plot punch, Pinborough weakens the impact of a story line that lacks the originality of her best work, the Thomas Bond novels.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I thought I had the characters sussed out the twist came into play which didn’t see coming!
Great read. Enjoyed her first book but this one out shines her first book for sure!