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Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition
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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
ISBN: 9781250154194
Branch Call Number: F HILLI-J
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 03, 2020

Really a 1-star but have to give it 2 since I never considered not finishing because I wanted to see how it all turned out. And if an author can achieve that, it's not fair if I totally pan the book. I had lots of hopes for this thriller based on recs from other readers, but it's really a pretty junky, poorly written mess. I don't read thrillers for their depth or realism, but a good psychological thriller doesn't require the utter suspension of disbelief that this did. And my reward for finishing was a ludicrous, laughable ending. Oh, well.

May 05, 2020

From the very beginning, I wondered what the title had meant. After finishing the book, I have to say that now I know and I think it's a clever title.
As far as the story is concerned - rather average. We know what happened and who did it from the very start. I kept reading the book, hoping for more mystery but didn't really get it. It was a rather boring tale up until the end. Then, you kind of can see the ending coming. Disappointing.

Aug 29, 2019

The high reviews for this book leave me scratching my head. It is overly dark, overly graphic, contains no likable characters and a completely unbelievable storyline. I read a lot and mostly of this genre but this one is not for me.

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.

Nov 04, 2018

It had a scripted feel of Seven and Jeffrey Deaver’s Bone Collector combined. I read it in two days.

Nov 02, 2018

What a page turner! A really good read; though serious trigger warning.

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.

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