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Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition
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EljayJohnson
Sep 03, 2020

Really a 1-star but have to give it 2 since I never considered not finishing because I wanted to see how it all turned out. And if an author can achieve that, it's not fair if I totally pan the book. I had lots of hopes for this thriller based on recs from other readers, but it's really a pretty junky, poorly written mess. I don't read thrillers for their depth or realism, but a good psychological thriller doesn't require the utter suspension of disbelief that this did. And my reward for finishing was a ludicrous, laughable ending. Oh, well.

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EliK1
May 05, 2020

From the very beginning, I wondered what the title had meant. After finishing the book, I have to say that now I know and I think it's a clever title.
As far as the story is concerned - rather average. We know what happened and who did it from the very start. I kept reading the book, hoping for more mystery but didn't really get it. It was a rather boring tale up until the end. Then, you kind of can see the ending coming. Disappointing.

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ColoReader
Aug 29, 2019

The high reviews for this book leave me scratching my head. It is overly dark, overly graphic, contains no likable characters and a completely unbelievable storyline. I read a lot and mostly of this genre but this one is not for me.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 14, 2019

This expertly written and wonderfully narrated psychological thriller is definitely a dark and gritty read. Follow these well developed characters through harrowing circumstances and experience the dynamic storytelling and often too vivid scenes. I love a dark book and this was a surprise gem.

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fperkin2
Nov 04, 2018

It had a scripted feel of Seven and Jeffrey Deaver’s Bone Collector combined. I read it in two days.

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readingwithcat
Nov 02, 2018

What a page turner! A really good read; though serious trigger warning.

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Adw555
Oct 05, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark, disturbing and chilling - now that’s what I call a psychological thriller

At sixteen, Geo, Angela and Kaiser are best friends...inseparable until Calvin James enters their lives and changes everything - and not for the better. Fourteen years later, Geo and Calvin are each sent to prison for their roles in Angela’s death….but what really happened that night, all those years ago?

Angela pays for her crime by spending 5 years in a maximum security prison...but what did she really do? And who is out there, waiting patiently for her to be free so that she can be made to pay again and again?

Pros: These pages turned themselves, I swear. This one is impossible to put down.

Cons: Quite disturbing...may not be appealing to all readers.

One of the best thrillers I have ever read, can’t wait to check out another book by Jennifer Hillier!

5 stars

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Secretariat10
Aug 22, 2018

The author has a real knack for keeping the reader oscillating between hating the main character and rooting for her in this dark and well-constructed suspense novel. Geo goes to jail for her complicity in her boyfriend's murder of her high school best friend. And then that said boyfriend later becomes a serial killer. Yikes. Lots to keep you guessing and wondering in this atmospheric novel.

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aprilhansen1234
Aug 01, 2018

thought it was very good finished it an a day and a half

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tink05
Jul 23, 2018

This was a good steady fast read. I did see a hint of where it was going about half way through. Also the editer should have checked this just a smidge better cuz theres some errors in the printing.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Jul 20, 2018

I would not classify this book as a mystery nor a thriller & definitely not a "roller coaster" ride. Completely different from her previous books. Disappointing

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McAnnieG
Jun 24, 2018

The decisions of a sixteen year old girl result in a lifetime of complications. This intelligently written psychological thriller was mesmerizing. I will never look at cinnamon hearts without thinking of this book!

At 16, Georgina Shaw is raising herself. While her ER doctor, single-parent father is working to save lives, hers is spinning out of control.

Fourteen years after the disappearance of her BFF, Angela, Geo finds herself serving a five year prison sentence - her successful career and high-society wedding disappear.

The plot twists seem inevitable as the story behind Geo's life decisions and experiences are revealed in flash backs.

I was completely absorbed in the tragedy that is Geo's life yet never gave up hope that it would improve when she could find her way back to what should have been if only her mother hadn't died young.

I am definitely finding Jennifer Hillier's previous four novels while I wait for her next one!

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darladoodles
Jun 05, 2018

This is a surprising, chilling, emotional rollercoaster of a thriller. Hillier draws the murder story out bit by bit as we watch Geo's story (and Kai's) in the aftermath of her conviction. Fascinating portrayal of life behind bars as well as an empathetic look at being a teenager in an abusive relationship. This book is one you will not soon forget.


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