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Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Title: Jar of Hearts

Author: Jennifer Hillier

Edition: E-book

Pages: 320

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: June 12, 2018


Angela, Geo, and Kaiser are the very of best friends.  Angela is the popular one of the group with Geo always falling in her shadow and Kaiser hopelessly in love with Geo.  They are all but inseparable until Calvin James comes into the picture to sweep Geo off her feet.  Geo is over the moon when the older, handsome, and charming Calvin chooses her over Angela.  Soon this close-knit group of friends has been fractured by this new romance as Geo has become all about Calvin and no longer has time for her other friends. 

Suddenly Angela goes missing and the community is frantic to find her.  Fourteen years later when her remains are found it comes out that she is a victim of serial killer Calvin James, none other than Geo’s ex-boyfriend, and that Geo has been carrying around a big secret all these years. 

When similar murders begin again Geo cannot help to wonder if Calvin is back and if he is coming for her. 

My thoughts:

Jar of Hearts is an intense, chilling, and very dark psychological thriller.  The story was well paced and kept me wanting to come back to find out what happened next.  I really liked the use of the flashbacks as a way to slowly fill out the story and gradually build to the big reveal at the end.  I have come to really enjoy this kind of dual timeline kind of storytelling. 

I found this to be very unique and enjoyable read with some great twists and turns along the way, though there were some places that I found difficult due to the graphic description of the violent crime. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press NetGalley for the copy of this book.

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