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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 phar
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Hardcover, 311 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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    Deanna
    May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: my-favorites, arcs, 2018
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    Throughout High School, Georgina (Geo) Shaw, Angela Wong, and Kaiser Brody were best friends. They were practically inseparable… until the day Calvin James entered their lives. From then on nothing was the same….

    Angela was the captain of the cheerleading squad, the one everyone wanted to be friends with. She craved attention and Georgina was fine with letting her have it. But Angela didn’t like it when Georgina caught the ey
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: from-publisher
    This book was all kinds of messed up, and I loved it. I'm not sure what it says about me that I like all kinds of gratuitous nasty in my thrillers. Could it be that I have become so desensitized to violence, gore, and all other forms of disturbing nature that I have to keep "one upping" my reads? Possibly. Deep down, I feel like the gritty, explicit thrillers make me ponder the unsettling aspects of life more. When a book talks about some of the darkest violence you can imagine, it makes me thin ...more
    Meredith
    May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Creepy Good!

    “In every story, there’s a hero and a villain. Sometimes one person can be both.”


    A murder, a coverup, and a twisted relationship are at the forefront of Jar of Hearts. This book is not only about what happened the night a young girl is murdered, but also about the after effects on the perpetrator of a crime.

    14 years ago, Angela Wong was murdered. Her remains have been recently discovered, along with evidence pointing to her best friend, Georgina Shaw. Georgina is sentenced to 5
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    Paromjit
    Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Jennifer Hillier writes a gripping, emotive, dark and twisted psychological thriller that had me reading as fast as I possibly could, desperate to see how it all ends. Popular 16 year old Angela Wong disappears without trace, only for her dismembered remains to resurface in the woods 14 years later, close to Georgina 'Geo' Shaw's home. Geo is now a successful VP at Shipp's Pharmaceuticals in Seattle, and engaged to the CEO. Her life falls apart as the knowledge of what happened to Angela, and he ...more
    Norma * Traveling Sister
    4.5 Gripping & Unputdownable Stars to JAR OF HEARTS!

    JAR OF HEARTS by JENNIFER HILLIER is an intense, chilling, dark and twisted psychological thriller novel that grabbed my attention very quickly and had me totally invested throughout this whole story.

    JENNIFER HILLIER delivers a unique, well-written and very descriptive read here with characters that were not all that likeable but they were definitely compelling to read about though. I found the storyline and some scenes quite disturbing and
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    Debra
    May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    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. W
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    Diane S ☔
    May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Intense and unsettling. It is a little more graphic than I usually read, not terribly though, and there are a few sex scenes, which I have to admit are necessary to the storyline. Three highschool best friends, one ends up dead, another in jail, and the third serves his community. How did this come to be?

    The story is told in alternating current events with back flashes of the events that led to these circumstances. It is tightly plotted, revelations are not revealed until the author decides they
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    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars

    Geo's best friend, Angela Wong, vanished without a trace, when she was in high school. No one found out what happened to her until 14 years later. Her remains were found in the woods behind Geo's house.
    Angela died when she was 16 years old. She was murdered

    She now has a successful job, and all that is lost when she is arrested. Geo 's boyfriend, Calvin James is also arrested.

    Geo knew for 14 years what happened to Angela and told no one. She kept that secret. Kaiser Brody is the detectiv
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    Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    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 claimin
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    Kendall
    "You carry the past with you because it transforms you."

    Stop right there..... this is your thriller for the summer!!

    I'm going through a book hangover after finishing this. Jennifer Hillier I'm a HUGE fan of your work after this masterpiece. I can't wait to see what you come out with next!!

    The past always comes back to haunt you one way or another. I think we've all experienced this at one point or another in our lives... but Georgina Shaw knows this too well. At the age of sixteen, Georgina's
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    Larry H
    Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing


    That's the feeling I get when a book that everyone else has been raving about turns out to be as amazing as you hoped. In this case, believe the hype—Jennifer Hillier's Jar of Hearts is pretty fantastic!!

    "The past is always with you, whether you choose to think about it or not, whether you take responsibility for it or not. You 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. Geo knows that from experience. Because b
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    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    **4.5 exciting stars to Jar of Hearts! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥.5

    Jar of Hearts is about three best friends, Angela, Georgina, and Kaiser- one was murdered, one is in prison, and one is searching for answers.

    Angela Wong was 16 years old when she went missing, not to be found until 14 years later...

    During this time no one ever suspected one of her best friends, Georgina, was involved. But Angela’s remains were found near Georginia’s childhood home, and she has been implicated in some way.

    Kaiser is now a police d
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    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-bejeweled
    FOUR STARS

    After feeling duped into reading a few too many light weight “thrillers” that are promoted as dark and twisted, all I can say is: Thank God!! this book doesn’t read like chick-lit! It really is dark and twisted, a bit gritty and graphic and best of all, set in the Pacific Northwest!! Hooray! Also, the pacing is extremely fast, I read the entire thing in a matter of hours.

    All good things, yes? Ok, to be honest, YES! My minor complaints: a little deeper characterization would have been m
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    Linda
    Because buried things can, and do, come back.

    Life begins once again for Georgina "Geo" Shaw at the age of thirty-five. Sorta like being in a holding pattern without exhaling for those five lost years in Hazelwood Correctional Institution. Imprisonment certainly stakes its claims on the exterior, but self-imposed solitary confinement clutches the criminal offender's heart on the inside.

    Plenty of hearts in that ol' jar affected by shaky decisions. Much like the lyrics of the Christina Perri song.
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    Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Question - What if your childhood sweetheart turns out to be a serial killer?

    Dark, chilling, edge of your seat thriller. Jennifer Hillier pulls out all the stops on this one! And dark and chilling is exactly what you’ll get here in spades!

    Jennifer Hillier is the queen of obsessive, misguided love. I read one of her previous books a few years ago Creep and thought it was brilliant. Now Ms. Hillier has done it again. And this time it’s over the top!

    Calvin is the boy every teenage girl’s father war
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    Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    About: Jar of Hearts is a thriller written by Jennifer Hillier. It will be published on 6/12/18 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 320 pages. The genres are thriller, mystery, and fiction.

    My Experience: I started reading Jar of Hearts on 3/11/18 and finished it on 3/18/18. This book is an excellent read! I love how the book is divided into different parts with its unique focus. I like the mention about a couple, Bowens, who waited to start a family and then suffered
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    Susanne Strong
    Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
    4 Fabulous Stars.

    You know that old saying, “the past will always come back to haunt you?” Well, no one's past could ever possibly out do Georgina (Geo) Shaw’s.


    Geo is now an uber successful business woman. She had the best friends in High School. The kind of friends you never forget, the kind that haunt you. They did everything together. Until the day Geo met Calvin James. He is older, absolutely gorgeous and quite devious. He is also controlling and manipulative, yet Geo is drawn to him. It’s th
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    Holly  B

    Chills and Thrills Aplenty....

    A serial killer is at the "heart" of this one.  This is my first book by Jennifer Hillier and I really enjoyed how she unpeeled each part of the story layer by layer.  I found myself being drawn in and totally absorbed in the murder mystery.

    It is a very dark story with flawed characters and some disturbing and graphic parts I needed skim over (not going to lie)..... BUT I couldn't stop reading it either.  Many secrets are revealed as the story progresses and each
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    Taryn
    May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The past is always with you, whether you choose to think about it or not, whether you take responsibility for it or not. You 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. Geo knows that from experience. Because buried things can, and do, come back.


    The Sweetbay community was mystified when popular high school cheerleader Angela Wong went missing. Georgina (Geo) stood dutifully by her best friend’s parents sides fo
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    Jen
    Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Lots of shockers going on here.
    One that will keep you up at night wondering how the heck this will play out.
    Well, turns out I know nothing.
    Either no foresight or Jennifer Hillier is just one damn talented thrill writer.
    What we get: body pieces; life in a women’s prison; a serial killer on the lose but targeting the one he adores. What happens when one makes a wrong decision that can shape a life like a domino effect.
    Hillier threw in a few more kinks that had me say, this is f**ed up! Kudos!
    4.5⭐
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    Carol
    May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    M.U.R.D.E.R.E.R!

    JAR OF HEARTS is the story of three high school buddies, one popular and beautiful (who flaunts it)....and who is murdered, another beauty who is haunted by memories of violence and death....and trying to survive prison life (yikes!) and a man who pines for his first love, but continues to search for truth and justice.

    And that's just the beginning....there's SO much more here! A serial killer with close connections to our three friends is on the loose....AGAIN! Graves are discove

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    Elyse
    Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Audiobook....Library overdrive....read by January LaVoy! (excellent reader)

    This was one of the most brilliantly addictive, sophisticated, creepy, complex, wonderful suspense thriller murder-mystery novel I’ve read.
    Can we call a book in this genre masterful?
    I can’t find anything wrong with it.

    The words ‘fleshed out’ are not words I usually use in my reviews... but author Jennifer Hillier is sure skilled at it...
    Her characters are both flawed and likable -

    Only once did I ‘laugh’... when I did I
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    Shannon
    Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Minotaur for sending me a copy for my honest review. I have not read anything by Jennifer Hillier before but I am told her Creep/Freak series is legit. I’ll be one clicking on amazon very soon!

    Oh my goodness!!! This book was everything! The story is told in 5 parts with alternating POVs between Geo, aka Georgina, and Kaiser, a detective and an old friend. The chapters are mostly in present day but we also have flashbacks of Geo and Kaiser’s high school years.

    Right in the first cha
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    Carol (Bookaria)
    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 w
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    Carrie
    May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is one of those thrillers that you may not want to pick up until you have a good block of free time available to read. This one was the pure definition of a page turner that grabbed me early on and didn’t want to let go causing what I like to refer to as a case of “one more chapter-itis”.

    The story is told in five parts switching the point of view as the story goes on. In the beginning readers meet Georgina “Geo” Shaw who is now an up and coming executive and eng
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    Sarah Joint
    Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    More than a little disturbing, sufficiently creepy, and exceptionally hard to put down. I actually had someone ask me what I was reading because I had a grossed out look on my face at one point. There are some pretty disturbing moments in this book, but it doesn't seem gratuitous, it's all moving the story along the way it has to. It doesn't seem like it's purely for shock value. This would be an excellent book to read as a group. I read it alone, and found myself wanting people to discuss it wi ...more
    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Three best friends.
    Angela Wong was the most popular girl. Everyone wanted to be her friend. Everyone wanted to be her.

    Geo Shaw, her best friend who always took second string to her. And Kai, a shy guy who just followed Geo around.
    Then one night Angela disappears.

    The story starts off in present day when Geo is being arrested for her crimes in relation to Angela's murder. By that SAME KAI! (He's a cop now)
    Then we find out that Geo's boyfriend from back in the day is a serial killer.

    This was bett
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    Zoeytron
    Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: public-library
    Boy howdy, what we have here is a thriller extraordinaire.  Edge-of-your-seat material.  Can't-put-it-down fare.  Which is worse, the knowing or the not knowing?  Either one can drive you mad.  Calm on the outside, screaming on the inside, with each omission the soul rots a little more.  Karma - sometimes it is instant, but more often it hangs back, lingering, biding its time.  It will get you at some point.  

    This has nothing to do with the story, just a random piece of dialogue, but it cracked
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    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

    RELEASE DATE TODAY!!!!! (6/12/18) YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT.



    When Georgina was only sixteen she thought she had found her one true love in Calvin. Things didn’t work out quite as planned, though, and he turned out to be a serial killer known as the Sweetbay Strangler. His first victim? Geo’s best friend, whose remains went undiscovered for 14 years. Once the body is discovered all sorts of skeletons start falling out of closets.

    After readin
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    Tammy
    Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Smashed lives, broken dreams, a stint in prison and, of course, murder. This is a jarring example of grip lit and it’s not for the squeamish. Some of the details are lurid yet have an uncomfortable sense of authenticity and the pacing is ferocious. At the heart of this novel is one of the golden girls, Geo Shaw, whose reputation becomes more than just a little bit tarnished. Despite an action on the part of Geo that seems hard to fathom, if you’re looking for chills this book delivers.
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    Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.

    She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of five novels. Her newest psychological thriller JAR OF HEARTS, is available now from
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    “You only get one heart", Walter said to his daughter after the second one ended. He seemed sad, but not regretful. " I gave mine to your mother the day I met her. And she still has it.” 0 likes
    “Whoever said lying was hard was so, so wrong. Lying was easy. Lying was like a hot knife slicing through room-temperature butter. Lying was a bunch of words strung together in a pretty sentence designed to make the other person feel like everything was fine. Telling the truth, however, was impossible.” 0 likes
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