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Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

June 12, 2018

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?


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**** 4 Star Review ****


I don't even know what to say about this book. It definitely took me out of my thriller slump. I have been finding many lacking for me lately, so reading this kicked me back into the thriller mindset.


A big thing about thrillers, or any book for that matter, is how it's told. This one is told in the only way I think it could have worked. Going back and forth, seeing what the characters saw, feeling what they felt, it was as if I was in the story myself.


I would like to say that I saw everything coming. I did see a lot of it. However, the way everything played out was not exactly what I was expecting. It was one of those I saw it but didn't see it at the same time.


I have only read one of Hillier's previous books. It, too, was very unique to me. I definitely will be reading more of her books in the future.


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