Jennifer Hillier’s profile on Goodreads.com starts out saying she ‘writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things.’ Boy is that correct! I was recently introduced to Jennifer’s writing through her latest book Jar of Hearts. What an intense psychological thriller.
Georgina Shaw is living her life as a rising star in a pharmaceutical company where her fiancé works. But she is soon arrested for a murder, which happened 14 years ago when she was in high school. Now Georgina is spending time in prison for helping her boyfriend, Calvin, who killed her best friend Angie Wong. Georgina wanted to call the police but was too much of a scared teenager so she kept quiet.
Now Georgina (Geo) is out of prison and trying to put her life back together. Calvin is serving three life sentences but escapes from prison. Now more killings are happening that make the police believe Calvin is a serial killer and fear the killings won’t stop anytime soon.
Part of the book we watch as Geo works hard to survive prison and then works hard to survive living with her father in the old neighborhood. Someone is not making the transition easy for her. Then part of the book deals with flashbacks leading up to the fateful night when Angie is murdered. We also learn how the murder and disappearance of Angie affects the families, community and the nation.
Jennifer has mastered the psychological thriller genre. She threw things at me that I did not see coming. She shocked me and surprised me. She made my pulse race and my breath catch. If you like psychological thrillers, this is a great one to add to your shelf.
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.
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