Jar of Hearts
by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 4.5 stars
Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 12, 2018)
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Print Length: 320 pages
Georgina, known as Geo, is a 30-year-old rising executive when her world comes crashing down. Her high school boyfriend has been identified and arrested for a series of serial murders, including Angela, Geo'sbest friend in high school. Angela disappeared without a trace at 16 and her body has just been found. Now Geo is under arrest for helping her then-boyfriend cover it up. And it's one of her other close friends from high school, Kaiser Brody, who arrests her.
While Geo is sent to prison for her part, Calvin escapes from custody and is on the run. Geo, now thirty-five, is about to be released from prison to try and start over. But someone has started killing people and dumping their bodies in her old neighborhood, with some of the markers of the missing Sweetbay Strangler—her old boyfriend Calvin. Is these killings some kind of message from Calvin? Are they some of revenge? Is she herself now in danger?
Everything turns on what really happened that tragic night back when Geo and Angela were high schoolers. Everyone thinks they know the truth, but there are dark secrets buried deep within other secrets, and it may be too late for anyone to survive the truth.
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Sometimes the biggest monster hides deep within ourselves, in our lies, our mistakes and even in the way we show love.
Fourteen years after Angela was brutally murdered, “the truth” came out and her best friend, now a successful businesswoman would spend five years in prison, an accomplice after the fact, a victim of the same killer.
They say most murders are committed by someone the victim knows. Calvin was Geo’s boyfriend, he owned her teenaged soul and now he has taken her to the depths of Hell with him. Only they knew the truth behind Angela’s disappearance.
Released from prison, Geo is now a pariah to society and as she remembers what really happened that night, what led up to Angela’s murder, what happened after the cover-up. We find a troubled young woman, re-living the nightmare she helped create and yet, there are still more dark secrets buried in her past and they are being uncovered in her present.
New bodies are piling up, and they all lead back to Calvin. They all have a message for Geo, but what do they mean? Are they meant to torment her further or could there be something even more sinister brewing?
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier is an excruciatingly taut thriller that will cut through a reader’s sensibilities like a rapier in full swing. Dark, gritty and emotionally raw, the sins of the past will find their way to the present as this tale comes full circle and the realization that the venom of a twisted love gone wrong has poisoned the soul of an innocent and no one is safe.
Powerful story-telling, seriously flawed characters and page-turning grit proves that sometimes the sins of the past cannot be rectified and TRUE redemption may be impossible. Who are you willing to destroy to save yourself?
I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press | Minotaur Books!