#BookReview: JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier @JenniferHillier @CorvusBooks

Jar of HeartsPublication: 2nd August 2018 by Corvus

Aged just 16, Geo’s best friend Angela disappeared without a trace. Years later, Angela’s body is discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home, revealed as yet another victim of the notorious serial killer Calvin James. Geo’s high-school boyfriend.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what had happened and told no one, carrying the secret until she was arrested and sent to prison. Why would any woman protect a man capable of committing such a heinous crime? Geo had her reasons…

To Geo, Calvin is more than a monster, a serial killer with no remorse. He is something else entirely. And while Geo did her time, Calvin escaped and went on the run. Now released, Geo is ready to start over. But then the bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela…

As chilling secrets are revealed, everything turns on what really happened one fateful night, almost 20 years ago. Is it too late for anyone, Geo included, to survive the truth?


JAR OF HEARTS is a dark, suspenseful, and scary thriller and I loved every page of it. There are scenes that are disturbing, there is gratuitous violence and abuse, but the plot is so gripping and so well-written that I couldn’t put it down. It’s a story of young love, obsession, jealousy, and secrets with a final twist that you really don’t see it coming.

The characters are dark, not completely likable, and complex, especially the protagonist, Georgina “Geo” Shaw. She grew up without a mother, who died when she was little, and her father, a doctor, worked long hours, so she was often left on her own. Despite this, she was a nice and good girl with high grades at school and never getting into trouble and spending her time with her two best friends, Angela and Kaiser. But then she met Calvin James and things changed.  Throughout the story, she dances on the line between good and bad and it’s hard to figure out how much she is innocent and how much she is guilty.

Georgina’s story is sometimes interrupted by Kaiser’s story. He has been in love with Georgina his whole life, but she always thought of him as a friend. He is the detective who arrested Calvin and Georgina for Angela’s murder, and now he is also the detective leading the search for Calvin after he escapes from prison. As the murders start again, Kaiser struggles between his duty to his job and his personal feelings for Georgina.

JAR OF HEARTS is a fast-paced, compelling, and completely addictive novel. This is my first Jennifer Hillier’s novel but I really liked her prose and I was drawn to her characters and their stories and I am definitely going to read more from this author. I’d like to thank Corvus for providing me with an early copy of this gripping thriller.

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