#BookReview Jar Of Hearts by @JenniferHillier @MinotaurBooks


~My Review~

Chills and Thrills Aplenty….

A serial killer is at the heart of this one.  This is my first book by Jennifer Hillier and I really enjoyed how she unpeeled each part of the story layer by layer.  I found myself being drawn in and totally absorbed in the murder mystery.

It is a very dark story with flawed characters and some disturbing and graphic parts I needed skim over (not going to lie)….. BUT I couldn’t stop reading it either.  Many secrets are revealed as the story progresses and each time I was shocked ( a good sign in my book)! Plenty of clues along the way and a secret behind the jar of hearts that was like a code to break.  A deeper message will emerge.

A huge serving of heartbreak for these characters and a tale of how someones actions can impact so many. Georgina is one of the main players and while her actions were deplorable, I tried to find some redeeming qualities in her. I was fascinated by her experiences in prison (cringe).

A compelling, addictive, gritty read that has an explosive end. 4 STARS

~ Book Description~


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?



    • It was so good, I just can’t handle the overly graphic because I will keep thinking about it. Glad you liked it too Stephanie!

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  1. Thank you for this review! I just received an audio copy of this one, and it was unsolicited so I know next to nothing about it. Now having read your thoughts, I know it is a thriller, and sounds like an exciting one at that. I love books like this in audio, so I’m definitely going to check it out now.


  2. I loved this one! It was so intense and crazy good! It was definitely graphic, but that didn’t really bother me…I am not sure what that says about me! I really want to read more of her books though. Great review!

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