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Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts, June 2018
by Jennifer Hillier

Featuring: Georgina Shaw; Calvin James
ISBN: 1250154197
EAN: 9781250154194
Kindle: B077MP52HV
Hardcover / e-Book
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"She's kept a dark secret all these years..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Jar of Hearts
Jennifer Hillier

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted June 16, 2018

Thriller | Suspense

JAR OF HEARTS is a compelling thrilling that starts off with a bang! Right from the very start, do we know that Georgina "Geo" Shaw is guilty of knowing what happened to her best friend, Angela Wong, who disappeared fourteen years ago? The blame has been placed on Calvin James, Geo's high school boyfriend. His DNA has been found on Angela's body, and ties to the mysterious deaths of three other women. For fourteen years, Geo hides these facts, until she comes clean to the cops, and has to face time in prison because of it. The big question is, did she really tell the whole story? Kaiser, a detective with the Seattle PD and a childhood friend of Geo and Angela, doesn't think so, but Geo keeps quiet...

JAR OF HEARTS is a book that I found fascinating to read. I was perhaps not completely surprised over some of the twists in the story, but there were, especially towards the end, some really great turns that made me realize there was no way I would have been able to predict the way things came together. That Geo is guilty of keeping quiet her old boyfriend's secret is a fact that can't be disputed, but one also gets a feeling that she hasn't told the whole truth and through flashbacks do we get to know what really happened fourteen years ago, while in the present-day storyline Geo is serving her sentence. Geo's time in prison makes for a tough reading experience and despite her flawed character, you do really feel for her. Jennifer Hillier is a terrific writer, and I easily breezed through this book because I was compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed this thriller immensely!

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"Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You

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?

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