Jar of Hearts – Jennifer Hillier

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?

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 thriller JAR OF HEARTS, is available now from Minotaur Books.

My Review:  This is my first Jennifer Hillier book and certainly won’t be my last.  Jar of Hearts is a really violent, messed-up, twisted thriller which was gripping, unsettling, disturbing and yet compulsive reading… HOWEVER… it also has some really uncomfortable scenes and those with a delicate tummy or sensitive nature might find this book a step too far.

Having said that, JAR OF HEARTS, is a gripping page turner.  The very detailed blurb above tells you about the book, so I don’t feel the need to rehash it here.  Personally, I really enjoyed reading Geo’s story and the chapters alternating between present and past ensured I was captivated throughout.

My only complaint is that the ending felt too rushed and that I was left with one major unanswered question which made the overall story/twist slightly weak in my opinion.

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