Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

July 11, 2018
Jar of Hearts Book Cover Jar of Hearts
Jennifer Hillier
St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books
June 12, 2018

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? Find out in Jennifer Hillier's Jar of Hearts.

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Book Review by Dawn Thomas


311 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books

Publication Date: June 12, 2018


Mystery & Thriller, Suspense


Georgina Shaw is a young successful executive at a pharmaceutical company. She is engaged to the owner’s son and has everything going for her. Her life comes crashing down when actions from her past emerge. Angela Wong is a beautiful sixteen year old. She is the girl every girl wants to be and every boy wants to be with. She disappears one night after a party and no one seems to know where she went. Kaiser Brody is a police detective and must put the pieces together to find the truth.


This is a riveting story written in the third person point of view. The characters are complex and the storyline is fast pace. The story moves from the present to flashbacks of the past. I could not put the book down I once I started it. There are so many twists and turns I did not figure it out until the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fast pace thrillers with a lot of suspense.


– a video of Jenny talking about the book

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