Monday, 16 April 2018

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough Review

Thank you once again to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone has secrets, Lisa, Marilyn, Ava but who is living the biggest lie of all? I'm not really sure what more I can say... Well as description, there's still the rest of the review to come.
Firstly - Isn't the cover brilliant?! Secondly - Review.

I found this book to switch fluidly between perspectives, going from a 16 year old to a 40 year old fantastically. While I was reading this book not once did I get confused about who's perspective I was reading as each character had their own unique way of communicating with the reader. Ava spoke like a 16 year old of this age may very well do -  using language I'd ever use but that I've heard being used by 16 year olds of 2018. Lisa was paranoid and wary of everything in life and I overall liked her character but there were times when the way Pinborough made her think just annoyed me. I couldn't relate to any of the characters in the book and until Part 2 still couldn't work out if I was actually enjoying it. And as for Marilyn she was a strong character who I loved over all, for me she was a bit slow to like but damn.
I found this book a hard one to stay with during part 1, though in retrospect part 1 was just as important as the rest of the book. I was also surprised very rarely, things happened - accusations were made but nothing surprised me, personally, until Child B (but don't worry I shall say no more about that matter) and from then onward I had a hard time putting the book down.
The "villain" did catch me off guard and I'm glad it did, I also like that although I didn't guess the clues all made sense when it came to the unveiling. It didn't feel rushed or made to just be a quick fix to a very complex story and I enjoyed that.
I found a great line while reading this - I thought it was on p221 on my edition but when I went back to find it I couldn't. And due to it being a PDF my Kobo refuses to search the file properly.
Overall although this was slow to begin it was a well written mystery and I'd recommend it to a friend.
7/10
xo

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