Review: Jar of Hearts
Title: Jar of Hearts
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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: This book was both thrilling and horrifying. I read it in two nights and stayed up far later than I should have because I couldn’t put it down. At the same time though there are parts I wish I had never read because they will haunt me for a long time. The story is told from multiple view points, as well from the past and the present, and its done very well. The story is full of enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. The next part of what I’m going to say is a little bit spoilery so if you are concerned don’t read on. Thrillers that enough children and their deaths, or other horrible things happening to them, bother me in a serious way. This book seems pretty straight forward in the beginning but it gets twisted and downright gross towards the end and that really bugged me. I get why the author put that in but I also felt like the story could have used a little less of that. Then again I think that is just because I’m a new mom and that is effecting my thinking. If you like thrillers, especially twisty creepy ones that are very well written then check this one out!
*I received this book from Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review*