The Broken Girls (Simone St. James)

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Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced.


One of the coolest thriller/mystery story lines I have read in a quite a while and to top it off, it had an even cooler twist. And to top THAT off, the cover fits in perfectly with the story line.

I wanted to start out by saying that the author did a fantastic job at creating such a “spooky” atmosphere for the reader. Both past and present, I was creeped out. And for this storyline- that was much needed. It set the entire theme for both of the timelines and it was executed perfectly.

With me saying that, the dual timeline in the story was MUCH needed and much appreciated (ya girl is thankful). The structure of it worked so well that I was completely enthralled with all of the characters involve, past and present. If I was reading about the 1950’s I was happy. If I was reading in 2014, I was happy too. It was a complete win-win for me.

The pacing of the book was superb. It kept me hooked the entire time and constantly turning the pages. With all of the questions I had building up in my head, I was given all of the answers. Like the author herself just knew it would need to be done that way.

The story as a whole was clever and very bone chilling. Haunting and captivating. I’m very glad to know that out there in a pool full of “Gone Girl” and “The Woman on the Train” (or whatever it was called) comparison books, The Broken Girls was WAY more than all of those books. It restored my faith in the thriller/suspense genre.

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