This is an exquisitely dark and satisfying thriller. The discovery that their old high school friend, Angela, did not actually disappear in their junior year, but was murdered, sends Georgina and Kaiser’s lives reeling. But even after all of the secrets are revealed, there remains a dark shadow lurking in the corners of this story. Just when you think you understand what happened, another surprise is waiting for you. Jennifer Hillier ratchets up the suspense, while exposing the dark side of society along with the flaws we may find in our own hearts. —Luisa— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: July - August 2018
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* Winner - Best Novel, 2019 ITW Thriller Award * Authors on the Air Network - Thriller of the Year 2018 * Finalist - Anthony Award for Best Novel * Finalist - Macavity Award for Best Novel * MysteryTribune Ten Women Mystery and Thriller Writers You Should be Reading * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best of 2018 * Bustle’s Best Thriller 11 Authors Read This Year * CrimeReads’ 20 Best of 2018 * Writer Types Podcast Favorite Books * LitReactor Best Books of 2018 * CrimeReads Favorite Crime Books of the Year * BOLO Books Top Reads of 2018 * SouthFlorida.com Best Mystery Novels of 2018 * Suspense Magazine Best of 2018 - Mystery/Thriller category
"Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You
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? Find out in Jennifer Hillier's Jar of Hearts.
About the Author
JENNIFER HILLIER was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, lived in the Seattle area for years, and has just moved back to Toronto with her husband and son.
Jennifer is the author of Wonderland, Creep, and Jar of Hearts.
"Thrilling." —Toronto Star
"Jennifer Hillier is a thriller queen so skilled at her craft that I'm convinced we simply don't deserve her." —Bookriot
“Jar of Hearts is a modern “Silence of the Lambs” without the liver and fava beans… compelling and creepily suspenseful.” —Aspen Daily News
"It's not often that a mystery features such a fresh plot. Jennifer Hillier's thrilling, and quite terrifying, Jar of Hearts is definitely not something you've read before...The answers will surprise even the most hardened thriller readers." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Jar of Hearts is a riveting story that readers will not want to put down... Murder, lies, grief, obsession, guilt, friendship and distorted love add up to make a gripping story." —Military Press
"Mesmerizing... Find a comfortable chair because you won't move until the last page." —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Engrossing...there's no denying her page-turner's grab-you-by-the-throat power." —Publishers Weekly
"There is a dynamite thriller-horror plot pulsing through these pages... Hillier has a Chelsea Cain-like ability to horrify her readers in a way that feels agonizingly real." —Booklist
"A gripping page-turner about crime and punishment, guilt and hope...this one hurts, and that's a compliment." —Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of You and Hidden Bodies
"Intense and compelling, Jar of Hearts is a well-written blend of fascinating characters and a deeply layered story, which unwinds with excruciating intensity. This page-turner will grip your imagination until the very last, astonishing twist." —Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing and Never Let You Go
"Jar of Hearts is harrowing and intense—a vivid look at the long repercussions of violent crime, with a central character you won't soon forget. Jennifer Hillier locks you in on the first page, and astonishes to the last." —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch
"We all have embarrassing exes, right? You almost feel bad for Geo, the slippery heroine at the heart of Jennifer Hillier’s dark and twisted tale. It’s just that Geo's ex turns out to be a serial killer. And, maybe, just maybe, she had something to do with his first murder; and, oh, that first murder victim was one of Geo’s best friends. Hmm. I was hooked on page one. Hillier’s masterful story-telling and compelling voice pulled me deeper and deeper. The plot only twisted and ratcheted tighter from there until I couldn’t pull away. This is a smart, edgy thriller with lots of surprises. Buckle up." —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
"As dark as a storm-torn night and just as unnerving, Jar of Hearts will have readers gasping in shock as they tear through the pages. Suspenseful, gritty and utterly unforgettable." —Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls