Jennifer Hillier
Jar of Hearts
Winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel • Nominated for the Anthony Award • Nominated for the Macavity Award • Library Reads Top 10 Pick • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best of 2018 • Bustle’s Best Thrillers • CrimeReads’ 20 Best of 2018 • Writer Types Favorite Books • LitReactor Best Books of 2018 • CrimeReads Favorite Crime Books of the Year • BOLO Books Top Reads of 2018 • South Florida Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Novels of 2018 • Suspense Magazine Best of 2018 • Authors on the Air Thriller of the Year 2018 • CrimeReads’ Best Psychological Thrillers 2018 • June 2018 LibraryReads pick

Jar of Hearts

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 pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

“Engrossing . . . there’s no denying her page-turner’s grab-you-by-the-throat power.”
Publishers Weekly
“Concise and original . . . this psychological thriller is unlike any other.”
Library Journal
“There is a dynamite thriller-horror plot pulsing through these pages.”
“There is a dynamite thriller-horror plot pulsing through these pages.”
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“It’s not often that a mystery features such a fresh plot… thrilling, and quite terrifying. Grade: A..”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jar of Hearts will have readers gasping in shock as they tear through the pages. Suspenseful, gritty and utterly unforgettable.”
—Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls

“The plot only twisted and ratcheted tighter from there until I couldn’t pull away. This is a smart, edgy thriller with lots of surprises. Buckle up.”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter

Jar of Hearts is harrowing and intense—a vivid look at the long repercussions of violent crime, with a central character you won’t soon forget. Jennifer Hillier locks you in on the first page, and astonishes to the last.”
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch

“The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end.”
—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You

“Intense and compelling, Jar of Hearts is a well-written blend of fascinating characters and a deeply layered story, which unwinds with excruciating intensity.”
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing and Never Let You Go

“A gripping page-turner about crime and punishment, guilt and hope…this one hurts, and that’s a compliment.”
—Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of You and Hidden Bodies