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Jar of Hearts

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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 phar
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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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. But Angela didn’t like it when Georgina caught the ey
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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 something that Geo (Georgina) Shaw knows all too well. W
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 best friend, Georgina Shaw. Georgina is sentenced to 5
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 as the knowledge of what happened to Angela, and he ...more
Diane S ☔
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, revelations are not revealed until the author decides they
Norma * Traveling Sister
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 storyline and some scenes quite disturbing and
"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 this too well. At the age of sixteen, Georgina's
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Much like the lyrics of the Christina Perri song.
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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, Bowens, who waited to start a family and then suffered
Holly  B

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
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 and Kaiser’s high school years.

Right in the first cha
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 friends is on the loose....AGAIN! Graves are discove

May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 “Geo” Shaw who is now an up and coming executive and eng
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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) stood dutifully by her best friend’s parents sides fo
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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’re looking for chills this book delivers.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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 going to take me. Oh boy, did Jennifer Hillier take ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 of skeletons start falling out of closets.

After reading Creep by this author, I knew I would need to seek out
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 in the modern media today. At 30 years old, Geo i

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 then you don't...and it's all ok because the writing
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A suspenseful thriller that will hold you captive till the last page is turned.

Jar 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 events of the night Angela was murdered. Georgina is senten
Erin Clemence
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Georgina, Geo, is a young executive, engaged to be married and living a relatively happy and successful life. Until the day she is arrested for her part in the murder of her high school best friend, Angela. Geo is soon serving five years in jail for her friends’ gruesome murder and her boyfriend from that time, Calvin, is serving a life sentence. When Geo is relea
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is AMAZING! Yes, you heard that right......AMAZING!!!

In my little neck of the woods here on Goodreads my friends have all been raving about this book and the 4 & 5 star reviews are really starting to pour in. While this delights me it also makes me nervous. I don't enjoy being an outlier though it happens more often than I'd like. I am just so happy to report that this book does not disappoint.

I don't want to talk about the plot at all mainly because there are plenty of other rev
 Li'l Owl
So horrifying it sent chills cascading down my spine! Unable to put it down, I read it in one sitting!

Gorgina, Geo as she's known to her friends, has a secret. A horrific, soul crushing secret. She's kept it hidden, buried deep in a sealed box in her mind.
Fourteen years ago her best friend, Angela Wong, went missing, disappearing into thin air, or so it seemed.
Search parties were coming up empty, the police had no leads, even the increasing reward money went unclaimed. As the days stretched in
Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch

"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 . . . "

That's it...That's all I needed to know I had to get my hands on this book! I very rarely read a synopsis of a book before reading because I think everything is a spoiler, especially when dealing with a thriller. I'm not sure how this book first appeared on my radar but once I laid eyes on
Laura/Mystery in Minutes
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Put this Jar of Hearts in your beach bag with the sunscreen, or slip it into your carry-on; this tightly-plotted, yet multifaceted, book of character-driven, psychological suspense is a recommended, buzz-worthy addition to your summer - or anytime - TBR! Perfect for a long flight or train ride, once started, you will not want to stop reading! But you may want to prevent the passenger next to you from s
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First love: so undefined yet all consuming...

Where the line between love and obsession often becomes blurred, and when the bad doesn't seem so bad, because it's its own twisted version of love.

The plot could have been taken off of any nighttime news show. A missing girl's body is finally found dead after many years, with ties to a serial killer(Calvin) and even worse, her best friend at the time and the serial killer's girlfriend. (Geo)

Told from Geo's point of view, the story bounces between pa
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier from NetGalley for my honest review.

Wow, what a crazy roller coaster of a book. This is a psychological thriller and has some very detailed scenes of prison life that are not for the faint of heart. They were very hard to read. Jar of hearts is about a young girl, Georgina, her best friend Angela and their fiend Kaiser who are all in High School. Angela is beautiful, perfect in every way and makes every guys head turn. Georgina is als
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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WOW WOW WOW! What a fantastic thriller! Told in four eye opening and jaw dropping parts, this is a book that will draw you in and spit you out with a maniacal grin.

Oh that first love. The guy you get obsessed with, who can do know wrong, and where love and obsession really is blind. Focus on the good. The bad really isn't THAT bad, right? We start with Geo at trial. She's turned herself into a successful business woman, fiance to a well known business man and has her life together. Yet she isn't
Meredith B
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Thank you to Minotaur Books for gifting me an ARC of this book!

Geo's Ex boyfriend also known as the sweet boy strangler is on trial. Geo's best friend, Angela, was murdered fourteen years ago and there's finally been a break in the case. Calvin is known as a serial killer but in the court room he's not the only one speaking to the court, so is Geo.

How could anyone think Geo is part of this and needs to testify in court? She's a super successful woman who has a lot of money and is about t
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Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.

She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of five novels. Her newest psychological suspense, JAR OF HEARTS, is coming June 12, 2
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“You only get one heart", Walter said to his daughter after the second one ended. He seemed sad, but not regretful. " I gave mine to your mother the day I met her. And she still has it.” 0 likes
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