Jar of Hearts
Booklist Reviews 2018 May #1
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.
LJ Reviews 2018 January #1
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LJ Reviews 2018 March #1
Georgina "Geo" Shaw is a successful businesswoman and engaged to a wealthy CEO, but a secret from her past returns with a vengeance when she's arrested and jailed for being an accessory to the murder of her best friend from high school. Geo's ex-boyfriend, a serial killer known as the Sweetbay Strangler, killed Angela Wong, and Geo's role in helping to cover it up and keeping the secret for 14 years gets her up to five years in prison. Hillier's (
PW Reviews 2018 March #1
High school cheerleader Georgina "Geo" Shaw, the heroine of this engrossing psychological thriller from Hillier (