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 16 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 14 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 14 years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For 14 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?
Ever since reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter I have been looking for books that were comparable, and finally, FINALLY, I've found it.
Disturbing and grisly, Jar of Hearts grabs you from the first pages and holds on tight right through the chilling end. And while you know whodunit from the start, I can confirm that you will not figure out what is fully going on in the past or the present.
I checked out other works by Hillier after reading this novel, and the difference between her past works and this book is phenomenal. Her growth as a writer is palpable, and I am so excited for the release of her next book.
Trigger warning: there is detailed rape, incest, and dismemberment of dead bodies. I mean, what's not to love in a psychological thriller?