Jar of Hearts – Book Review

Author: Jennifer Hillier

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Format: Kindle e-book

Pages: 320

Published: June 12th, 2018


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 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?


I was hooked to the book. In the beginning it was like an open-and-shut case. You know in the beginning itself who the bad guy is. But actually it is not that simple. As the story proceeded more mysteries developed and then the mysteries unravelled a little by little. Till it gave a shock of my life in the climax. The style of writing is commendable. Making it seem simple superficially, made it more attention grabbing as you dug deeper.
The title didn’t seem as connected to the story as I had expected. But overall, it was an engaging read.

As in the blurb its mentioned its the story of three friends, we get to know a bit about the one who is murdered, but from a limited perspective from the other two. We get to know about the one who goes to the prison but again not much about the one searching for the truth. That could have been improved.

From suspense level, it was quite good.

My Rating: 4/5

P.S. I had received this e-ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank You.

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