RaveCrime SpreeMariah is a fascinating character. Since she’s in every scene in the book, Abbott makes sure she is multi-layered and engaging. When we first meet her, on a rare outing to the mall with her dad, she is driven to rashness by her yearning for answers and resolution. As her search goes on, we see layers of grief, anger, and loneliness. Always digging deeper, Jeff Abbott becomes an archeologist of the stages of grief. Jeff Abbott knows his way around a suspense thriller.
RaveCrime Spree MagazineJar of Hearts is a relentless one-two punch: emotional trauma and physical trauma. Jar of Hearts is not a story for the squeamish, but it is done in such a manner that you have to keep turning the page just to find out what happens next ... Hillier has raised her game to rarified heights. This is a thriller that burrows into your brain, where it permanently lives in your subconscious. Long after you’ve turned the last page, the secrets and revelations will bob back up to the surface of your everyday life. This is a story that refuses to be finished with the reader. Every page is another layer of the past, painfully pealed back like the worst kind of wound.