Five Disturbed Stars for Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Jar of Hearts
by Jennifer Hillier
Publication: June 12th 2018
by Minotaur Books
Category: Adult
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Source: NetGalley

My Rating:

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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?

~My Thoughts~


Where to start?

As a reader of mainly YA fiction, psychological thrillers always shock me. I thoroughly enjoy the genre when done right, but it takes some getting used to shifting from milder content. With that said, Jar of Hearts is comparable to a brilliantly crafted train wreck that satisfies the reader deep down in places we don’t like to admit exists inside of us.

What I loved about the story is that it has so many layers. Not simply the layers that must be included in an attempt to deceive our minds, but the type of depth that really builds a full picture over a long period of time. The story isn’t just about something horrible that happened to these characters; it spans years of their lives without feeling overwhelming or dragged out. The individual characters are believable; each and every one of them distinct and true to themselves.

Jar of Hearts is a dark, twisted, mind-bending story that will disturb the reader in the most skillful way. It’s full of secrets, heartbreak, and nail-biting intensity all at the same time. It’s going to be hard to top this psychological thriller for me. I’m still a bit speechless trying to wrap my mind around this story. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the genre!

~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.

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