Review: 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?
Can I give this book 10 stars?! Oh my god. Oh my god!! From the first page this book reeled me, spit me out, threw me in a loop and made me forget that I was living in a different world from the one written on the pages before me. So many twists and turns but for once I was able to say "I KNEW IT!" and predict a plot twist before it was revealed. This story will stick with me for a while. It was written to perfection - all the jumps from present day to the past were seamless and easy to follow, my head putting the puzzle pieces together easily, marveling at how incredible it all was. I could not put this down!
Despite all of her flaws, I loved Georgina so much. My heart broke for her on numerous occasions and empathized with her through all the ups and downs. She was refreshing, honest, broken yet tenacious, and I'm so happy she got the ending she deserved.
Thank you for such a great read! I wouldn't be surprised to see this adapted into an award-winning film sometime in the near future because that's just how good it is.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.