Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts

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"This is 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition, First international edition
ISBN: 9781250154194
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hil
Description: 311 pages ; 25 cm


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One of the best thrillers I've read in a while. There were unpredictable plot twists throughout story (warning: the ending is a bit predictable.), intricate weaving together of the lives of each the characters, all the while having all my favorite elements of a thriller; serial killers, flashback... Read More »

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ArapahoeLesley Feb 14, 2019

This expertly written and wonderfully narrated psychological thriller is definitely a dark and gritty read. Follow these well developed characters through harrowing circumstances and experience the dynamic storytelling and often too vivid scenes. I love a dark book and this was a surprise gem.

Oct 05, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark, disturbing and chilling - now that’s what I call a psychological thriller

At sixteen, Geo, Angela and Kaiser are best friends...inseparable until Calvin James enters their lives and changes everything - and not for the better. Fourteen years later, Geo and Calvin are each sent to prison for their roles in Angela’s death….but what really happened that night, all those years ago?

Angela pays for her crime by spending 5 years in a maximum security prison...but what did she really do? And who is out there, waiting patiently for her to be free so that she can be made to pay again and again?

Pros: These pages turned themselves, I swear. This one is impossible to put down.

Cons: Quite disturbing...may not be appealing to all readers.

One of the best thrillers I have ever read, can’t wait to check out another book by Jennifer Hillier!

5 stars

Aug 22, 2018

The author has a real knack for keeping the reader oscillating between hating the main character and rooting for her in this dark and well-constructed suspense novel. Geo goes to jail for her complicity in her boyfriend's murder of her high school best friend. And then that said boyfriend later becomes a serial killer. Yikes. Lots to keep you guessing and wondering in this atmospheric novel.

Aug 01, 2018

thought it was very good finished it an a day and a half

Jul 23, 2018

This was a good steady fast read. I did see a hint of where it was going about half way through. Also the editer should have checked this just a smidge better cuz theres some errors in the printing.

Jul 20, 2018

I would not classify this book as a mystery nor a thriller & definitely not a "roller coaster" ride. Completely different from her previous books. Disappointing

Jun 24, 2018

The decisions of a sixteen year old girl result in a lifetime of complications. This intelligently written psychological thriller was mesmerizing. I will never look at cinnamon hearts without thinking of this book!

At 16, Georgina Shaw is raising herself. While her ER doctor, single-parent father is working to save lives, hers is spinning out of control.

Fourteen years after the disappearance of her BFF, Angela, Geo finds herself serving a five year prison sentence - her successful career and high-society wedding disappear.

The plot twists seem inevitable as the story behind Geo's life decisions and experiences are revealed in flash backs.

I was completely absorbed in the tragedy that is Geo's life yet never gave up hope that it would improve when she could find her way back to what should have been if only her mother hadn't died young.

I am definitely finding Jennifer Hillier's previous four novels while I wait for her next one!

Jun 05, 2018

This is a surprising, chilling, emotional rollercoaster of a thriller. Hillier draws the murder story out bit by bit as we watch Geo's story (and Kai's) in the aftermath of her conviction. Fascinating portrayal of life behind bars as well as an empathetic look at being a teenager in an abusive relationship. This book is one you will not soon forget.


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