Jar of Hearts

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Jun 2018

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Twenty years ago, Geo was sixteen years old and madly in love with her older boyfriend, Calvin. Geo's relationship with Calvin caused a rift between Geo and her best friends, Angela and Kaiser. Angela, used to being the one who gets the attention from boys, was jealous, and Kaiser, who had secretly been in love with Geo for years, found it hard to watch her fawn over someone else. 

When Angela disappears, all of the friendships and relationships between the group are fractured, and for good reason. Fifteen years later, Geo has moved on with her life, and has tried her hardest to put the past behind her. Her new life shatters when Angela's body is uncovered, and she's...

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I came across this book on Netgalley and thought "wow what a gorgeous cover, let's see what it's about." I thought it sounded interesting and right up my alley. So I requested it, grabbed it, and then saw it was coming out on audio. So I decided to wait for the audio. I do prefer audio if I can grab it. The audio was very good and I am so glad I did get the audio. This book was pretty intense. Lots of serious issues being addressed and pretty dark. I loved it. It was good. There were a few things that didn't quite leave me satisfied but just the little things. Overall, very good reads.

Gio was just a teenager when the worst day of her life happened. Her best...

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This is my perfect thriller. I love serial killer stories and this book exceeded my expectations. It really was a mix between Orange is the New Black and Criminal Minds. I enjoyed the morally gray characters and the development of the story. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Highly recommend if you like twisted stories!
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Jar of Heart is the first book I have read by Jennifer Hillier. I am always optimistically worried but wow this book was good! This book was so different than what I was expecting! Jennifer writes between two present and past and also gives the reader different POVs which kept me glued to my kindle. 
Jennifer Hillier does a good job with this thriller. I look forward to read more from her!
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Jar Of Hearts
By
Jennifer Hillier

What it's all about...

Arresting...chilling...kind of mesmerizing...heartbreaking...raw...and tormenting. I think almost every character in this book was the bearer of a tortured soul. This book is about what happened when best friends Angela, Geo and Kaiser meet Calvin while buying Slurpies one day after school. Calvin...older...sexy...gorgeous...pays attention to Geo rather than Angela. Angela is the one who is used to getting everyone’s attention...Geo is usually just the sidekick...but...not this time. What happens next leads to Calvin to becoming the Sweetbay Strangler.

Why I wanted to read it...

This book was riveting from the...

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I was provided an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was my first read from Jennifer Hillier. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but in a good way. After reading the summary, I thought that it would follow a similar formula as many other romantic suspense novels I have read before. Not the case. The first chapters blew my preconceived ideas out the water and I was hooked. The storytelling switched back and forth between flashbacks/past to present as well as point of view. We learned a lot about the various characters because of this. There were not many all good or all bad characters in the book. I really enjoyed reading this...

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I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest and the characters and plot were very well done. High quality writing and I definetly recommend this book.
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This was a great psychological thriller. It follows Georgina Shaw, a young and successful executive who was convicted because of her involvement with her best friend’s disappearance 14 years ago. Days before completing her sentence, Geo is released and new bodies start piling up, an investigations is reopened and Geo finds herself in the eye of the storm once again.

I enjoyed reading this novel, the plot and writing kept me captivated. The author did a great job of keeping the story suspenseful while at the same time creating interesting and well-developed characters.

I also liked that the book had a good number of characters with diverse backgrounds, although diversity is not one of the...

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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 claiming that she was innocent.... but how big a part did she play in the murder of her high school BFF Angela?

Loved how this story was told... Clues were given and memories were revealed at the...

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Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW

"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 . . . "


That's it...That's all I needed to know I had to get my hands on this book! I very rarely read a synopsis of a book before reading because I think everything is a spoiler, especially when dealing with a thriller. I'm not sure how this book first appeared on my radar but once I laid eyes on the cover I was intrigued. (because hello #coverwhore!) I read the first tagline and then saw that an author I simply ADORE read and loved this book. That's...

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Need a little suspense while you’re soaking up the sun this summer? Then take a copy of “Jar of Hearts” in your luggage. Geo is serving a 5-year sentence for the part she played in the murder of her best friend when she was 16. Her former boyfriend is sentenced to life. As her release date approaches, Calvin, the ex-boyfriend, has escaped from prison. And then, two bodies are found in the same location as the original murder victim. Kaiser, the police detective on the case has been in love with Geo since high school, and fears that Calvin may be coming back for her. With her only support coming from her widowed father Geo is trying to put her life back together but can she overcome the...

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I rounded up tp 3 stars, because I did like the story  and characters, and it kept my attention, but it was a bit too gritty for me. I wouldn't really recommend.
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First of all I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Since I saw the beautiful cover of “Jar of Hearts” pop up all over Instagram I got pretty curious.
Luckily my wish to read was granted and before I new it I was absolutely immersed in the story.

I really liked the way the author began this book with the murder trial and consequent 5-year jail sentence of main character Georgina (Geo) Shaw.
14 years earlier her beautiful, popular and wealthy teenage friend Angela Wong disappeared of the face of the earth.
Until now nobody knew what happened to her. However once her remains are dug up just a couple of...

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Fourteen years ago, Geo's 16 year old best friend, Angela, disappeared.

Alternating between the past and the present, Jar of Hearts explored both the sometimes complicated relationship between Geo and Angela, as well as the tumultuous relationship between Geo and her first boyfriend, Calvin James. Could Calvin, who is now a convicted serial killer known as the Sweetbay Strangler, have had anything to do with Angela's disappearance? If so, why didn't Geo speak up? Where has Angela been all this time and could Geo have saved her?

"In every story, there's a hero and a villain. Sometimes one person can be both."

After Angela's disappearance, Geo moved on...

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The story of Geo and the murder of her high school best friend was a twisted page turner with compelling characters and plenty of twists.
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I requested this book and received it from NetGalley.

I have not read any of this author's previous books. That is sure to change now.

I was riveted. I started reading and found myself picking it up when I was waiting on hold on a phone call, waiting for water to boil while cooking dinner, when a commercial came on while I was watching Jeopardy. When my eyes wanted to slam shut at night.

Part of the love is for the characters, who are knowable. You know these people. You've seen them. You've talked to them. But the larger part is this author's way of doling out information. The whole time I was reading, I knew there was more. There was one thing more. And...

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review     I was hooked from page one.     This is an exciting psychological thriller with twists and turns galore!     The characters are well developed.     Very entertaining.
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Highly enjoyable!

A book only Hillier could write. She deftly characterizes the elements of young love, the misunderstanding that ensues,  the complexities of compartmentalization, and the impact of buried secrets.
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Fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing. I've enjoyed Jennifer Hillier's books and this one did not disappoint.
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This book was a bit much for me. I guess I wasn’t prepared for the story. I could see it as a movie though... which says something. It definitely kept me awake and the story moved at a fast pace. 

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review."
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