Jar of Hearts

Jar of HeartsJar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Published by Minotaur Books on June 12th 2018
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250154197
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4.5 Stars

“The past is always with you, whether you choose to think about it or not, whether you take responsibility for it or not. Your carry the past with you because it transforms you. You can try to bury it and pretend it never happened, but that doesn’t work.”

The past never remains in the past. The decision you make, the judgement calls, the impulsive actions, the good, the bad, the ugly, it can and will come back to haunt you. That is something that Geo (Georgina) Shaw knows all too well. When she was sixteen-years-old, her best friend, Angela Wong, disappeared without a trace. No one knew what happened that night she disappeared – no one was supposed to know. But Geo knew and kept the details of that night a secret. She’ll pay for that – don’t worry she will pay.

“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 Angela’s remains are found near Geo’s father’s property, it becomes clear that Calvin James has killed her. Who is Calvin James????? He is a serial killer responsible for the death of three other women. It just so happens that Calvin was Geo’s boyfriend in high school. They had an obsessive and intense relationship which seemed to end abruptly when Angela went missing (ahem was murdered). Kaiser Brody, an investigator for the Seattle PD who arrested Calvin, was Angela and Geo’s close friend in high school. He is shocked and saddened to learn of Geo’s silence and knowledge about Angela’s death.

“Because buried things can, and do, come back.”

Geo knew what happened that night but choose to keep what happened a secret. That decision is her downfall and she is sentenced to prison when Angela’s remains are found. Upon her release, she is trying to start over and finds that is easier said than done. New remains have been found in the woods near her father’s home and investigators are wondering if the bodies are in any way related to the Angela Wong murder? Who is the killer? Are the cases related?

This book had a lot of twists and turns. Just when I thought I had this book figured out, a new twist and a new turn, let me know I was nowhere near to knowing what the heck was going on in this book. Seriously, just when I thought I had a character’s motivation down, a new secret or a new revelation would turn things around.

This book is told in Geo’s and Kaiser’s POV throughout five parts of the book. This not only helped moved the book along but kept things interesting – as in REALLY interesting. This is an interesting book because from the very beginning, the reader knows that Geo is getting prison time for keeping her friend’s murder a secret. What we don’t know is why? Why was Angela murdered? Why did Geo keep it secret? How was she able to go on with her life? How could she look her friend’s family in the face? How do you live with yourself? Why do you lie? So many questions! The details of that night do come, and some are quite SHOCKING!

This book was a page turner for me. I seriously could not put this book down (nor did I want to put it down).

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press Minotaur books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.