ARC Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 320 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
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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.


Wow, be prepared for a fast paced can't put down ride. Geo goes to prison for her part in her best friends murder, her ex-boyfriend Calvin is a serial killer and Angie was his first kill.  Now Geo is out of jail, Calvin has escaped custody and the killings are happening again, only this time in a bizarre twist its not just women being murdered but children as well.

This is a really well written story, its not just about serial killers and murder but also about abusive relationships.  Its clever plot gives you a glimpse inside prison, what its like to try to reconnect once a prisoner has been released and tries to move on with their lives and how teenage infatuation can change the whole course of your life.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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