The explosive follow-up from Sarah Pinborough, author of the number one Sunday Times bestseller Behind Her Eyes.

‘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, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

Cross Her Heart publishes 17th May 2018. You’ll just have to wait to find out…

The explosive new thriller from Sarah Pinborough, author of the Sunday Times Bestselling novel BEHIND HER EYES.

Sarah Pinborough’s last novel ‘Behind Her Eyes’ divided opinion with its surprise ending – some hated it, others, like me, loved it. So knowing I was trapped for a 13 hour flight, I dived into ‘Cross Her Heart’ and had finished by the time we landed.

Lisa is always looking over her shoulder waiting for her past to catch up with her. Her teenage daughter Ava is waking up to womanhood and is a bundle of hormones experimenting with sex; of course keeping as much of this part of her life hidden from her mother as possible. Ava’s father isn’t on the scene and when strange things start to happen, such as a familiar Peter Rabbit toy turning up, Lisa starts to become more and more paranoid and is determined to protect her daughter from the danger she believes is lurking behind every corner.

Marilyn, Lisa’s best friend from work is a rock to Lisa and Ava, and continually reassures Lisa that all is going to be ok. She knows something isn’t quite right, but has absolutely no clue of the actual scale of the deception she’s caught up in.

Cross Her Heart is a very fast moving novel with themes of secrets and lies running strongly throughout and a strong, surprising concept that leads to a great twist fairly early on. This gave me high hopes for the rest of the book, but in truth, I found the ending a bit too far fetched and the last 10% too packed. I am sure, however, that it won’t stop many readers from thoroughly enjoying this book.  As always with this author, the writing is excellent, and the characters are believable – often flawed and not always likeable.

Thank you to the publisher & Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.