Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Jar of Hearts

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...


Details Jar of Hearts

TitleJar of Hearts
ISBN9781250154194
Author
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews Jar of Hearts

  • Deanna
    2018-05-21
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Throughout High School, Georgina (Geo) Shaw, Angela Wong, and Kaiser Brody were best friends. They were practically inseparable… until the day Calvin James entered their lives. From then on nothing was the same….Angela was the captain of the cheerleading squad, the one everyone wanted to be friends with. She craved attention and Georgina was fine with letting her have it....
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-06-05
    This book was all kinds of messed up, and I loved it. I'm not sure what it says about me that I like all kinds of gratuitous nasty in my thrillers. Could it be that I have become so desensitized to violence, gore, and all other forms of disturbing nature that I have to keep "one upping" my reads? Possibly. Deep down, I feel like the gritty, explicit thrillers make me ponder the unsettling aspects of life more. When a book talks about some of the ...
  • Meredith
    2018-05-29
    Creepy Good! “In every story, there’s a hero and a villain. Sometimes one person can be both.” A murder, a coverup, and a twisted relationship are at the forefront of Jar of Hearts. This book is not only about what happened the night a young girl is murdered, but also about the after effects on the perpetrator of a crime. 14 years ago, Angela Wong was murdered. Her remains have been recently discovered, along with evidence pointing to her ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    2018-05-01
    4.5 Gripping & Unputdownable Stars to JAR OF HEARTS!JAR OF HEARTS by JENNIFER HILLIER is an intense, chilling, dark and twisted psychological thriller novel that grabbed my attention very quickly and had me totally invested throughout this whole story.JENNIFER HILLIER delivers a unique, well-written and very descriptive read here with characters that were not all that likeable but they were definitely compelling to read about though. I found the ...
  • Debra
    2018-05-11
    4.5 Stars"The past is always with you, whether you choose to think about it or not, whether you take responsibility for it or not. Your carry the past with you because it transforms you. You can try to bury it and pretend it never happened, but that doesn’t work."The past never remains in the past. The decision you make, the judgement calls, the impulsive actions, the good, the bad, the ugly, it can and will come back to haunt you. That is some...
  • Paromjit
    2018-04-26
    Jennifer Hillier writes a gripping, emotive, dark and twisted psychological thriller that had me reading as fast as I possibly could, desperate to see how it all ends. Popular 16 year old Angela Wong disappears without trace, only for her dismembered remains to resurface in the woods 14 years later, close to Georgina 'Geo' Shaw's home. Geo is now a successful VP at Shipp's Pharmaceuticals in Seattle, and engaged to the CEO. Her life falls apart a...
  • Diane S ☔
    2018-05-03
    Intense and unsettling. It is a little more graphic than I usually read, not terribly though, and there are a few sex scenes, which I have to admit are necessary to the storyline. Three highschool best friends, one ends up dead, another in jail, and the third serves his community. How did this come to be?The story is told in alternating current events with back flashes of the events that led to these circumstances. It is tightly plotted, revelati...
  • Kendall
    2018-05-21
    "You carry the past with you because it transforms you." Stop right there..... this is your thriller for the summer!! I'm going through a book hangover after finishing this. Jennifer Hillier I'm a HUGE fan of your work after this masterpiece. I can't wait to see what you come out with next!!The past always comes back to haunt you one way or another. I think we've all experienced this at one point or another in our lives... but Georgina Shaw knows...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    2018-06-15
    4.5 Creepy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5“Who do you Think you are? Runnin’ ‘round leaving scars. Collecting your jar of hearts. And tearing love apart.“Christina Perri 🎵Jar of Hearts🎵What if you had thought you got away with murder for 14 years? What if you found out your high school boyfriend was a serial killer? Welcome to Geo’s world! Geo was a complicated character... I found her very likable, but I knew she had a huge dark secret,...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    2018-06-19
    4.5 starsGeo's best friend, Angela Wong, vanished without a trace, when she was in high school. No one found out what happened to her until 14 years later. Her remains were found in the woods behind Geo's house.Angela died when she was 16 years old. She was murderedShe now has a successful job, and all that is lost when she is arrested. Geo 's boyfriend, Calvin James is also arrested.Geo knew for 14 years what happened to Angela and told no one. ...
  • Linda
    2018-03-24
    Because buried things can, and do, come back.Life begins once again for Georgina "Geo" Shaw at the age of thirty-five. Sorta like being in a holding pattern without exhaling for those five lost years in Hazelwood Correctional Institution. Imprisonment certainly stakes its claims on the exterior, but self-imposed solitary confinement clutches the criminal offender's heart on the inside.Plenty of hearts in that ol' jar affected by shaky decisions. ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    2018-06-09
    **4.5 exciting stars to Jar of Hearts! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥.5Jar of Hearts is about three best friends, Angela, Georgina, and Kaiser- one was murdered, one is in prison, and one is searching for answers. Angela Wong was 16 years old when she went missing, not to be found until 14 years later...During this time no one ever suspected one of her best friends, Georgina, was involved. But Angela’s remains were found near Georginia’s childhood home, and...
  • Holly B
    2018-05-27
    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 se...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2018-04-02
    FOUR STARSAfter feeling duped into reading a few too many light weight “thrillers” that are promoted as dark and twisted, all I can say is: Thank God!! this book doesn’t read like chick-lit! It really is dark and twisted, a bit gritty and graphic and best of all, set in the Pacific Northwest!! Hooray! Also, the pacing is extremely fast, I read the entire thing in a matter of hours.All good things, yes? Ok, to be honest, YES! My minor compla...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2018-03-18
    About: Jar of Hearts is a thriller written by Jennifer Hillier. It will be published on 6/12/18 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 320 pages. The genres are thriller, mystery, and fiction.My Experience: I started reading Jar of Hearts on 3/11/18 and finished it on 3/18/18. This book is an excellent read! I love how the book is divided into different parts with its unique focus. I like the mention about a couple, Bow...
  • Shannon
    2018-03-09
    Thank you to Minotaur for sending me a copy for my honest review. I have not read anything by Jennifer Hillier before but I am told her Creep/Freak series is legit. I’ll be one clicking on amazon very soon! Oh my goodness!!! This book was everything! The story is told in 5 parts with alternating POVs between Geo, aka Georgina, and Kaiser, a detective and an old friend. The chapters are mostly in present day but we also have flashbacks of Geo an...
  • Carol
    2018-05-12
    M.U.R.D.E.R.E.R!JAR OF HEARTS is the story of three high school buddies, one popular and beautiful (who flaunts it)....and who is murdered, another beauty who is haunted by memories of violence and death....and trying to survive prison life (yikes!) and a man who pines for his first love, but continues to search for truth and justice.And that's just the beginning....there's SO much more here! A serial killer with close connections to our three fr...
  • Taryn
    2018-05-16
    The past is always with you, whether you choose to think about it or not, whether you take responsibility for it or not. You carry the past with you because it transforms you. You can try to bury it and pretend it never happened, but that doesn’t work. Geo knows that from experience. Because buried things can, and do, come back. The Sweetbay community was mystified when popular high school cheerleader Angela Wong went missing. Georgina (Geo) st...
  • Carrie
    2018-05-18
    Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is one of those thrillers that you may not want to pick up until you have a good block of free time available to read. This one was the pure definition of a page turner that grabbed me early on and didn’t want to let go causing what I like to refer to as a case of “one more chapter-itis”.The story is told in five parts switching the point of view as the story goes on. In the beginning readers meet Georgina ...
  • Sarah Joint
    2018-06-17
    More than a little disturbing, sufficiently creepy, and exceptionally hard to put down. I actually had someone ask me what I was reading because I had a grossed out look on my face at one point. There are some pretty disturbing moments in this book, but it doesn't seem gratuitous, it's all moving the story along the way it has to. It doesn't seem like it's purely for shock value. This would be an excellent book to read as a group. I read it alone...
  • Susanne Strong
    2018-06-19
    4 Fabulous Stars.You know that old saying, “the past will always come back to haunt you?” Well, no one's past could ever possibly out do Georgina (Geo) Shaw’s.Geo is now an uber successful business woman. She had the best friends in High School. The kind of friends you never forget, the kind that haunt you. They did everything together. Until the day Geo met Calvin James. He is older, absolutely gorgeous and quite devious. He is also contro...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-06-17
    This was a great psychological thriller. It follows Georgina Shaw, a young and successful executive who was convicted because of her involvement with her best friend’s disappearance 14 years ago. Days before completing her sentence, Geo is released and new bodies start piling up, an investigations is reopened and Geo finds herself in the eye of the storm once again.I enjoyed reading this novel, the plot and writing kept me captivated. The autho...
  • Tammy
    2018-04-02
    Smashed lives, broken dreams, a stint in prison and, of course, murder. This is a jarring example of grip lit and it’s not for the squeamish. Some of the details are lurid yet have an uncomfortable sense of authenticity and the pacing is ferocious. At the heart of this novel is one of the golden girls, Geo Shaw, whose reputation becomes more than just a little bit tarnished. Despite an action on the part of Geo that seems hard to fathom, if you...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-05-02
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/RELEASE DATE TODAY!!!!! (6/12/18) YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT. When Georgina was only sixteen she thought she had found her one true love in Calvin. Things didn’t work out quite as planned, though, and he turned out to be a serial killer known as the Sweetbay Strangler. His first victim? Geo’s best friend, whose remains went undiscovered for 14 years. Once the body is discovered all sorts ...
  • Erin
    2018-05-21
    OH. MY. GOODNESS!! Strap on that seatbelt because Jar of Hearts is a rollercoaster ride that will definitely play with your head. Alternately narrated by an ex-con and a headstrong cop, this book bobs between the character's high school years to the present time. I spent an awful lot of time alternating between "OMG" and "Holy COW" while travelling through the pages. It's the best kind of read when I have absolutely no idea where the author is g...
  • Tina
    2018-05-08
    *****5 GLOWING STARS! I basically went into this book blind. I've always wanted to try that (and what a book to just dive into like that!) I had never read a Jennifer Hillier novel before. I LOVE her writing style! I was engrossed in this book right from the start. The whole story just captivated me. It is so gripping, heartbreaking, sad and eerie all in one. It's a dark book. You want to like the characters and sometimes you think you do and the...
  • Stacey
    2018-06-12
    This is your summer thriller book, but first admire the cover and dive in! Geo (Georgina), Angela, and Kaiser are best friends. Angela has it all, looks, personality and popularity. Geo is always in Angela’s shadow, but one night they run into a group of older boys. The most attractive one, Calvin, is surprisingly seeking out Geo, not Angela. He’s the bad boy type, much older and soon enough Calvin and Geo are in a toxic relationship. At a pa...
  • Dennis
    2018-03-30
    In a world where Orange is the New Black, Dexter, and The Luckiest Girl Alive collide; Jar of Hearts showcases the true reality of people who have been decimated by the manipulation of others. It is creepy, emotional, and heart wrentchingly poetic.Georgina Shaw (Geo) has accepted a plea deal for her involvement in the murder of Angela Wong, her childhood best friend, in exchange for testimony in taking down one of the most prolific serial killers...
  • Lisa
    2018-05-13
    A suspenseful thriller that will hold you captive till the last page is turned.SUMMARYJar of Hearts captures you on the first page, with the trial of the Sweetbay Strangler, Calvin James. He is on trial now, for the murder of sixteen-year-old Angela Wong fourteen years ago. Her body was just found, only half a mile away from her home. Georgina, Angela’s best friend is in the witness box—a witness for the prosecution—to shed light on the eve...
  • Carolyn
    2018-06-10
    The novel opens with the sensational trial of a serial killer, Calvin James, the Sweetbay Strangler, accused of murdering four women. Geo Shaw was there at his first murder and is on the witness stand to give evidence in a plea deal that will se her spend five years in jail. Geo was only 16 when she met older, bad boy Calvin and fell under his spell, against the advice of her best friends Kaiser (Kai) Brody and the beautiful and popular Angela Wo...