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Monday, April 23, 2018

REVIEW: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier @jenniferhillier @minotaurbooks

Jar of Hearts
by Jennifer Hillier

Thanks so much to Minotaur Books for this amazing thriller!
All thriller lovers (and even those that aren't) need to put this on their TBR.
An absolute thrill ride that you won't ever forget.

Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Publish Date: June 12, 2018
320 Pages
Genres:  Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Review:

WOW WOW WOW! What a fantastic thriller!  Told in four eye opening and jaw dropping parts, this is a book that will draw you in and spit you out with a maniacal grin.

Oh that first love.  The guy you get obsessed with, who can do know wrong, and where love and obsession really is blind.  Focus on the good.  The bad really isn't THAT bad, right?   We start with Geo at trial.  She's turned herself into a successful business woman, fiance to a well known business man and has her life together.  Yet she isn't surprised when the authorities show up to take her away.  Five years she's put in prison while Calvin, the love of her life, is put in for life.  What part did she actually play in the murder of her best friend?  And why didn't she say anything?  Fourteen years is a LONG time to hold on to a secret and we see how it has scratched away at her from the inside out.  Hillier takes us through Geo's time in prison, her tenacity that made her a shrewd business woman helps to save her and make her five years less terrible than it could have been.  Then, right when she's about to be let out, it seems more murders are happening and Calvin is trying to speak to Geo through them.

How does one get back into "normalcy" after being shunned by her peers and her neighborhood?  Why is the obsessive nature between Geo and Calvin never ending?  All the secrets that lie between them create an eternal bond that neither of them can shake.  The past will catch up with them and when the secrets spill, it culminates into an unexpected ending that will leave you picking up your jaw.

Hillier pulls you in straight from the first page and never lets you go.  A page turner that will keep you up late and pull at your emotions.  I loved and hated each character equally.  Extremely well written, a different kind of thriller that will delight those who read a lot in this genre and cause newcomers to want to pick up more.   I HIGHLY recommend this and suggest you ALL put this on your TBR lists immediately.


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