Title: Jar of Hearts
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.
But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.
To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.
For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.
While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.
How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it? Find out in Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is one of those thrillers that you may not want to pick up until you have a good block of free time available to read. This one was the pure definition of a page turner that grabbed me early on and didn’t want to let go causing what I like to refer to as a case of “one more chapter-itis”.
The story is told in five parts switching the point of view as the story goes on. In the beginning readers meet Georgina “Geo” Shaw who is now an up and coming executive and engaged to be married. Geo’s past has suddenly caught up with her though sending her picture perfect world spiraling out of control.
Kaiser Brody has been one of Geo’s best friends in high school along with Angela Wong. When Angela went missing all those years ago the friendship between Kaiser and Geo fell apart and now years later Angela’s body has been found leading Kaiser back into Geo’s life but not as a friend, as the one to arrest Geo for the murder of Angela.
Jennifer Hillier has crafted Jar of Hearts to draw in readers and then keep their attention by slowly peeling back the layers of the story in each part of the book. As soon as you think you know something another twist will come along to make you rethink what you know as she digs deeper and deeper into the secrets of the past. The only reason I’m taking a half star off of this one and rating 4.5 is the final wrap up seems to be one a reader needs to suspend a bit of disbelief a bit but that in no way changed how engaging and intriguing it was. Definitely recommend checking this one out if you get the chance.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.
She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She’s the author of five novels. Her newest psychological suspense, JAR OF HEARTS, is coming June 12, 2018 from Minotaur Books.
Learn more about her at jenniferhillier.ca.