Cross Her Heart – Review

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Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.

Wow, guys! Talk about mixed reviews. This book has a whole gamut of both super positive reviews and insanely negative, all from reviewers I like and trust. The only way to form my own opinion was to get into this one myself. I decided to settle for the audiobook through my library’s Overdrive App, as this can be a great way for me to get some housework done and absorb a story I’m hoping to get through. Not all audiobooks are created equally, so I only usually listen to Thrillers or Fantasy novels since other genres are generally harder for me to stay focused on. Cross Her Heart worked perfectly for me on audio, mostly thanks to the narrator, Antonia Beamish. I’ve listened to at least one other book narrated by her before, and I absolutely love her voice and ability to tell the story in a clear and concise way.

Sarah Pinborough has become one of my go-to Thriller writers. I’ve read several of her books in the last couple of years and I simply can’t get enough of her suspenseful writing and deep understanding of human nature. She is able to throw great twists and surprises into each story. Bottom line: I simply enjoy her books no matter what.

Cross Her Heart in many ways reminded me of a book I recently read and reviewed called The Night Olivia Fell. If you enjoyed one of these books, I would definitely recommend picking up the other. They both feature similar mother-daughter relationships that offered a great perspective from both sides. In fact, both books were so similar in some ways, I found myself confusing the two stories, something that rarely happens for me. I think the close proximity of my reading of each book made it easier for the two plots to become jumbled. Nonetheless, I really found myself enjoying both novels and was eager to see what would come of the two stories.

I really look forward to stories with characters harboring a hidden past, forcing the reader to uncover the truth about their lives. I don’t care how many times I read it because it’s almost always a different story and continues to hold my interest if it is well-done, as was done in Cross Her Heart.

Despite the many negative reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and look forward to anything Sarah Pinborough comes up with in the future. I decided to give this one four-stars, mostly because I was impressed with how well this book stuck with me. I started listening to it before Christmas, didn’t finish before the due date, checked it out again a few weeks later, and was able to easily jump right back in where I had left off.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Jules_Writes says:

    A good narrator is so important for an audiobook. This one sounds good, the type of book I usually enjoy.

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    1. Absolutely! The narrator makes or breaks an audiobook for me, usually. Thanks for reading my review!

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  2. Sometimes, you just have to ignore those reviews. Happy you enjoyed this one.

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    1. Very true! Thank you!


  3. I had read the mixed reviews on this one too, and ended up enjoying it more than expected.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it too!!

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  4. My friends’ reviews are all over the place, too. Glad you fall in the enjoy camp, Ashley! Wonderful review.

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  5. macsbooks311 says:

    It’s good to go against the grain! I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

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    1. I’m usually the odd-man out and I’m ok with that. 🙌 Thanks for reading my review!


  6. I’m so happy you loved it- I own it, and it gives me hope! Wonderful review!

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