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    A complicated relationship and murder

    Calvin James and Geo have a complicated relationship. He's a serial killer, and she's been doing time for a murder he committed. The murder of her best friend. The story begins when Geo is sentenced to 5 years for the murder of her best friend, Angela, as she covered up Calvin's crime when she was 16 years old. The dynamic between Angela and Geo comes to life as flashbacks throughout the story take us back in time to when Geo first met Calvin, and what happened that fateful day. I'm a flashback lover, so I particularly enjoyed these scenes. When Calvin escapes prison (which we don't find out how, so this was a tiny flag that didn't settle well with me), Detective Kaiser takes the case. More murders are happening, imitating Calvin's MO, and they seem to be aimed at Geo. Then there is Geo's history with the Kaiser. A nice touch, since the ending brings this full circle. Overall, an engaging read, although one major plot hole bugged me, and without giving away spoilers, it had to do with Calvin's adopted children--the latest victims. Calvin's past relationships would have had to be public knowledge, which they weren't, so how those victims were targeted is a mystery we don't get answers to, but it's essential to the plot. Though, this doesn't diminish my enjoyment of the book, so it still gets a solid 4 stars.
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    A fantastic thriller!

    If you enjoy thrillers, don't even bother with my review, and get this book! Unbelievable! If you enjoy murder mysteries, books about serial killers, psychological thrillers, JAR OF HEARTS is one you absolutely will want to read. I have read hundreds of thrillers in my life, and JAR OF HEARTS might very well be the best ever. Jennifer Hillier is a fantastic writer, the plotting is impeccable, the twists and turns are extraordinarily clever, and most of them I would never, but never have expected. I was stunned, moved to tears, horrified, and absolutely riveted the whole time. Do we see what we want so see? Do we tell the truth only when it’s convenient? JAR OF HEARTS is a book that I will never forget, and it’s a keeper if I ever read one. If you read only one thriller this year, JAR OF HEARTS should be the one. Jennifer Hillier was a new author to me, and I will be looking forward to reading her other books – past and future – because JAR OF HEARTS is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. I am still in shock, and in the best way possible.
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    Are some things too terrible to be forgiven?

    Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is an excellent story, but a story that almost has two parts, or two sides. There’s the thriller, with gruesome scenes, heart-stopping danger and a lot of secrets and surprises, and then there’s the personality side, the side that makes you think about all these people and what they’ve done and who they’ve become and it makes you shake your head trying to decide where your sympathies lie. I’ve read a few interviews with the author revealing some of her thoughts about this book and the characters, and I was glad to see that I’m not the only one who can’t quite decide whether or not to get on the Geo bandwagon. And all of this is a good thing, because it makes this book impossible to put down and a great, exciting read cover-to-cover. Another review said, “Geo is flawed, but ultimately likable as our main character, and I think we can all see at least a small part of ourselves in her.” Not quite sure about that. And I believe she feels guilty, but how guilty and why? I don’t want to go into a lot of detail in this review, because there are so many secrets and twists and turns I don’t want to introduce any spoilers. The story opens with Geo being arrested for something horrible beyond words that happened, something she did, in high school, with her receiving a reduced prison sentence in exchange for testifying against her then-boyfriend. Until she was arrested she had moved on with her life very successfully. And when she’s released, although she can’t just pick up where she left off she seems to again be in the state of mind to just get on with her life. What she experienced was unbelievably terrible, but what she did was also unbelievably terrible, so I always stopped just short of feeling full sympathy for her. Along with the page-turning excitement of the story and trying to guess what would happen next, I kept wondering just who Geo was, and if it was okay for her to move on like that. What that a good thing, meaning she deserved a second chance or did it mean that she could just compartmentalize so well that the past was merely the past for her; was it self-justification? Did she deserve to start over, did people forgive her, should they? Did she forgive herself? Jennifer Hillier tells a compelling story, full of action and suspense, and leaving you with a lot of food for thought. The plot is well-developed and the pace is good. The ending is disturbing, but, again, that’s a good thing. Jar of Hearts is a book you won’t soon forget, and I recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley for providing the ARC for my honest review.
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    Suspenseful and twisty

    This book was great! It was suspenseful and intense and kept me intrigued until the last page. It was pretty graphic, and had some twists I didn't see coming.
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    Amazing Story

    ROLLER COASTER RIDE of a HEART!! Not sure where to put the emphasis to entice picking up this author's amazing story. Hillier has achieved the talent to make emotions smoke out of each page. Geo Shaw has a life of privilege, heartache, challenges, regret and resolve. Secrets mount in the telling of the Jar of Hearts and is the warning to us all that keeping them is DEADLY!! Intense crime drama with fast moving plot, intense characters and surprising events. Have a chunk of time allotted to spend on this because you will not be able to easily put it down! "A copy of this book was provided by Minotaur Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." NO KIDDING EXCELLENT BOOK!
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