Jar of Hearts
by Hillier, Jennifer

Fourteen years after Angela's disappearance, her remains are discovered near her friend Georgina's childhood home, so when the latter is arrested, Detective Kaiser, who was friends with both girls in high school, must unravel the truth.

JENNIFER HILLIER was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, lived in the Seattle area for years, and has just moved back to Toronto with her husband and son.

Jennifer is the author of Wonderland, Creep, and Jar of Hearts.

There is a dynamite thriller-horror plot pulsing through these pages, but it's forced to share time with a less compelling coming-of-age drama. Georgina "Geo" Shaw, a Seattle high-school student, always the sidekick to her bestie Angela Wong, finally one-ups her friend by catching the eye of hunky, dangerous dropout Calvin James. We know from the novel's opening-set in a courtroom 14 years after the drunken night when Angela disappeared-that something went very bad indeed after Calvin slouched into the high-schoolers' lives. Now known as the Sweetbay Strangler, Calvin is on trial for murder, and Geo's testimony may implicate her as well. Moving back and forward in time, Hillier parcels out, ever so slowly, the gory details of what took place on that life-changing night, building tension as the bodies start piling up in the present. Though slowed by backstory-establishing flashbacks to Geo and Angela's frenemy relationship in high school (and the role of third-wheel, cop-to-be Kaiser), the novel really takes off when Hillier gets down to the grisly stuff. When wielding sharp-or, even worse, slightly dull-objects, Hillier has a Chelsea Cain-like ability to horrify her readers in a way that feels agonizingly real. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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