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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  16,664 ratings  ·  3,516 reviews
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
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Published June 12th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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grammarchick YES. The ending seemed like it was just tacked on and I hated the fact that the author pulled that old "fix everything with a baaaaby" crap. It didn't…moreYES. The ending seemed like it was just tacked on and I hated the fact that the author pulled that old "fix everything with a baaaaby" crap. It didn't make sense to me for her to do something like that after spending time showing how the character was trying to work on herself after prison. Let's just toss a pregnancy in there! Agh.(less)
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May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
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 darkest violence you can imagine, it makes me thin ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Beth
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Geo'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 murdered

She 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. She kept that secret. Kaiser Brody is the detectiv
Miriam Smith
Oh my! I was extremely excited and very much looking forward to reading this highly anticipated book after seeing some fabulous reviews for it. I can more than happily confirm that after I'd finished reading, it was everything I had expected and MORE!
Frighteningly vivid and so tense there were times I didn't realise I was holding my breath, I was so immersed in the moments and the well developed characters. It truly felt as though I was actually standing in the story viewing it as a spectator. S
❤️💔 "Everyone has a single defining moment in life, something that thrusts them irrevocably into a new direction, something that affects them at their core, something that changes them forever." ❤️💔

Georgina (Geo) Shaw's defining moment was the day she met Calvin James. The moment he entered her life, he changed it forever. Geo and her two best friends, Angela and Kaiser are inseparable. They spend all of their time together until Geo's relationship with Calvin changes things. Then one night,
Christina - Traveling Sister
4.5, Well tickle me pink, I didn’t expect that stars!!!!

Full review and a recipe for a DIY Ramen Noodle Jar featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!!

Georgina (Geo) Shaw was your average 16-year-old, high-school cheerleader. She was popular, smart and a good girl. Her best friend was the “it-girl” of St. Martins private school, Angela Wong. Angela shined brighter and bolder than Geo, than anyone at their high-school, and she knew it. Their relationship was fraught with jealousies and competition b
Julie ( On semi-hiatus until September)
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is a 2018 Minotaur Books publication.

Electrifying Suspense!

Georgina Shaw’s past finally caught up with her. She had made a pretty nice life for herself, until the body of Angela Wong, her best friend in high school, is found fourteen years after she went missing.

For her role in the crime, and her connection to the infamous serial killer, Calvin James, Geo is rewarded with a five -year stint in prison. But, once her time is up, Geo's attempts to rebuild her li
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you’re looking for a flawless, innocent hero or heroine to empathize with their stories you chose the wrong book because even the victims are not so innocent at this mind blowing journey. Keep your eyes open not to be fooled because nothing as it seems. The worst monster could be prey, hiding a lamb’s heart inside his/her chest and hypothetically naive ones could be the real violent monsters. You see what you wan
Diane S ☔
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
j e w e l s
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled

After 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 complaints: a little deeper characterization would have been m
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 uns
Elyse  Walters
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook....Library by January LaVoy! (excellent reader)

This was one of the most brilliantly addictive, sophisticated, creepy, complex, wonderful suspense thriller murder-mystery novel I’ve read.
Can we call a book in this genre masterful?
I can’t find anything wrong with it.

The words ‘fleshed out’ are not words I usually use in my reviews... but author Jennifer Hillier is sure skilled at it...
Her characters are both flawed and likable -

Only once did I ‘laugh’... when I did I
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i seem to be going backwards with JHs bibliography, but it makes no difference because she is really making a case for herself to be on my favourite mystery/thriller authors list, which is a pretty small list. so thats saying something.

the characters were the shining star in ‘little secrets,’ but the bright light in this story is the definitely the plot and mystery surrounding past and current murders. i found myself really looking forward to kais chapters because i got more of the detective wor
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
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, and had done something bad.... I mean she was in jail and she wasn’t claimin
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow, this book is not messing around! I get high on reading fucked up stories, and Jar of Hearts fits the bill. I don’t want to give too much away and am kinda lazy at the moment, so let’s just pluck one sentence from the blurb that best contextualizes this book and call it a day.

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 . . .

You also have the obsessive serial killer boyfriends, dead
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, dark, and down right evil!

Psychological thriller? No.. Psychological warfare.

Earlier this year, I had begun to lose my zest for psychological thrillers, as some of you might know. Jar of Hearts, however, reminded me why I love this genre. Jennifer Hillier does this to me every time. She is simply that good.

Early in the novel, we learn that an awful tragedy has taken place. A gruesome one, at that. Somehow, our protagonist Gia is involved. To what extent, however, is not clear.

While r
Susanne  Strong
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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 controlling and manipulative, yet Geo is drawn to him. It’s th
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

A dark web of intrigue.

Jar of Hearts is the first book I have ever read by Jennifer Hillier. I was immediately impressed with the construction of the story.

We follow two perspectives, Georgina 'Geo' and Kaiser, flowing seamlessly between them, as well as between past and present timelines.

Hillier definitely does not shy away from the grittier sides of life. Please be aware, scenes of rape are on page. If you are a reader who is sensitive to that please tread cautiously.

May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Question - What if your childhood sweetheart turns out to be a serial killer?

Dark, chilling, edge of your seat thriller. Jennifer Hillier pulls out all the stops on this one! And dark and chilling is exactly what you’ll get here in spades!

Jennifer Hillier is the queen of obsessive, misguided love. I read one of her previous books a few years ago Creep and thought it was brilliant. Now Ms. Hillier has done it again. And this time it’s over the top!

Calvin is the boy every teenage girl’s father war
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 eac
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
**4.5 exciting stars to Jar of Hearts! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️.5

Jar 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 she has been implicated in some way.

Kaiser is now a poli
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
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jar of Hearts is as much a character driven story as it is plot driven and you’ll be forgiven for thinking this was written by the King. Stephen, that is. Because it has his signature all over.

First off, you should know there are no good guys in this story, I would even go as far as to say that most are completely irredeemable. That notwithstanding, when you’re in the midst of rapist, murderers, and serial killers, you may find yourself projecting absolution onto the character whom you deem les
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-us
Jar Of Hearts is an exciting, fast paced and enjoyable thriller .... just about.
The storyline is twisted rather than twisty and any steps further down it’s dark path would have made it plain ‘ugh!’.
The novel begins as Georgina Shaw (Geo) a successful exec in a top Pharmaceutical company, awaits a court case. She’s been implicated in the brutal murder of her childhood friend Angela Wong. A murder that occurred many years ago when she were sixteen! Calvin James, the notorious ‘Sweetbay Strangler’
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.
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
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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 six novels, including JAR OF HEARTS, which won the Thriller Award, and was shortlis

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