REVIEW: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier


Expected publication: June 12, 2018 by Minotaur Books

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 eye of the good-looking, and older Calvin James.

“When she spoke to you, she could make you feel like you were the only person in the room, or she could shred you with one dirty look”.

Soon, Calvin is all Georgina can think of and her friends aren’t impressed. And then one night after a High School party, Angela goes missing. Fourteen years later her remains are found.

Over the years, Georgina had done well for herself. She’s thirty years old and is the youngest VP at Shipp Pharmaceuticals. She’s even engaged to the company’s CEO. She built a new life and kept all her secrets tucked away into compartments in her mind. But her new life ended the day she was arrested by her former best friend, Detective Kaiser Brody, as “Wonderwall” by Oasis played in the background.

“Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you”

The book opens as Calvin James aka The Sweetbay Strangler is on trial for the murder of four women, including Angela Wong.  Georgina Shaw is a witness and after she’s finished giving her testimony, she will be sent to Hazelwood (Hellwood) Correctional Institute to serve a five-year sentence. This was the plea deal for her testimony, though many think five years isn’t enough for Georgina’s part in what happened.

“in every story, there’s a hero and a villain. Sometimes one person can be both”

Detective Brody still has questions for his old friend Geo. He feels that there is more to the story. Will he ever find out exactly what happened that night? And when new bodies start showing up… will the detective be able to be able to do his job properly? Or will old feelings cloud his judgment?


 “Jar of Hearts” was an interesting read packed with well-developed characters and an engrossing plot. The story shifts between past and present and is broken into five parts. The five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The majority of the story is told from Georgina’s point of view but also includes chapters from Kaiser Brody’s perspective.

An extremely well-written story of friendship, obsession, jealousy, and murder. One that does require some suspension of disbelief, but still had me flipping pages quickly to see what was going to happen next.

The author tells an exciting story, one that drew me in right from the very first page. And though I figured out a couple things early on… my jaw still dropped as I came to the unexpected ending of this twisted and addictive read.

This was my first read from Jennifer Hillier and I can guarantee that it won’t be my last.

I’d like to thank Minotaur Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.



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