Sisters in Crime – Review

My review for “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

Interested: Link to Sisters in Crime Australia  

Sometimes your first love can be a killer. A serial killer.

When the beautiful, popular and successful Geo Shaw is arrested for her involvement in the cold case murder of her best friend, her life turns upside down. She is forced to confront her involvement in the crime, and deal with her guilt surrounding the murder, and the subsequent murders committed by her ex-serial killer boyfriend. The story moves back in forth through time, between, the trial, prison, post-prison release readjustment, and teenage years when the murder was committed. The characters are believable (and in some cases relatable) with a mix of normal, shocking and endearing traits. The young Geo and her teenage friends really capture the depth of angst, self-doubt, and the need for acceptance that we experience at that age. The story demonstrates the lengths that people will go through to support their dreams of the ideal, even when you know that they are wrong.

Jar of Hearts is the fifth by author, Jennifer Hillier, and the first I have read. It is a five star example of cross-genre suspense/mystery thriller and chick lit. The story has you captivated from start to finish, and leaves you wanting more. The horror of the murders, and details of Geo’s abusive relationship with the serial killer, is interspersed with her blossoming romance with a local Police Officer. There is something for everyone here.

The short chapters make it great for reading in short bursts (like public transport rides), but I dare you to try and put it down. This page-turner is well worth the read, so pick up a hard copy or e-book today.

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Book Review: “The Love of the Universe” by Leanne Margaret

“The Love of the Universe: Initiating Principles of Living Energy in a Creatively Evolving Universe.” by Leanne Margaret

Rating:  *****

Genre:  Self Help/New Age

Read:  June 2019

Whether working through a specific trauma, searching for your place within the universe, or simply trying to manage daily life, this easy to read, and thoughtfully written guide, is designed to help the reader navigate their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes to arrive at a better place.

The book exams each level of awareness (referred to as Dimensions by Margaret), and provides a series of affirmations and exercises that can be modified to suit individual needs. You don’t need to be a “new age type” to get the benefit from this book. In fact there is no pressure for you to believe, be or do anything. It really is about you.

I must admit that I am the type of person that binge reads a book from cover to cover, and you can certainly do this with this offering. However, this is a book to be savoured and read through at your own leisure. It is a text you will find yourself returning to time and time again.

“The Love of the Universe” by Leanne Margaret is must for those seeking a gentle, no-pressure, mediative approach to resting the body and healing the mind. It is life-affirming and offers a reassuring hand-up. Well worth the investment.

You can get your copy through Amazon, or a bookstore new you.