Title: Cross Her Heart
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: William Morrow on September 4, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.73 out of 5 Stars
I promise, I keep trying to branch out from my favorite genre of books, but the Book of the Month picks tend to always have such an intriguing thriller and/or mystery books that it is so very difficult for me to stay away from them! So for September, I kept with my ‘norm’ and picked Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough to read.
Fun fact, Sarah Pinborough’s novel Behind Her Eyes was also a Book of the Month pick about two years ago.
The other options for September included two historical fictions, a modern murder mystery, and a JFK assassination conspiracy theory story. Personally, even though I went with Cross Her Heart, I’ll probably be picking up November Road, The Silence of the Girls, and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock at some point in time.
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.
To start, I have soooo many thoughts about this book. I constantly am going back and forth on whether I loved it, hated it, or am falling somewhere in between. Initially, I thought I would be giving a 5 star rating, but by the time I completed the book I was a bit overwhelmed. Even after going through my pros/cons list, I am still very on the fence on how enjoyable I found the book.
Ultimately, if you enjoy a good thriller you will most likely enjoy reading Cross Her Hear. Overall, it is fairly well written and the author does captivate you in her writing style. I wish I would have picked a different book for my September read and would give this book a solid 3.5 for shear writing style. For me, there are just too many pieces to this story lines that come out towards the end. It makes the story too unrealistic for me and had me constantly muttering, ‘WTF’. I would have much preferred to read The Women in the Window or something similar. If you feel like checking it out get the book here.
For those who haven’t heard of Book of the Month club or BOTM, it is a subscription program, similar to audible or other box subscription services, where you get (you guessed it) a new book every month. Each month members are given 5 different books to choose from. BOTM generally focusing on debut and emerging writers, and is known for having helped launch the careers of some of the most acclaimed authors in American literary history. In an attempt to read more books outside my favorite genres without having to siphon through all the duds, I decided to sign up for the monthly subscriptions. It costs me $14.99 per month, I choose 1 of the 5 books on the first of every month, and it’s delivered straight to my door. You can skip any month or roll your credits over to the next month, at any time. Since I started getting BOTM back in February, I’ve really enjoyed some of the new authors I’ve been exposed to. I’ve enjoyed them so much, that I have decided to review each of the books I get every month, so be on the look out for reviews March – August, which are coming soon. If you’re interested in joining BOTM, I’ve add my referral code to the bottom of this post, which if you use, you’ll be able to get your first month (book) free!
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