Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Many thanks to Minotaur Books for providing my free copy in exchange for an honest review!
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.
Review: Jennifer Hillier sure knows how to write a twisted thriller. I read Wonderland a few years ago and have been telling everyone I know that they need to read it ever since. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new book this year I knew it was going to be a must read. I have a couple of her other books that I’m determined to get to sooner rather than later as well. Jar of Hearts drew me in from the first few pages and there are enough twists and turns packed into this novel to make your head spin. Hillier doesn’t hold back; her writing is dark, vulgar and graphic. It’s everything I look for in a good thriller and more. Be sure to clear your schedule, because once you dive into this obsessive love affair between Geo and The Sweetbay Strangler, you’re not going to be able to stop.
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Overall Rating: 5/5