The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Main Characters

  • Fiona Sheridan
  • Jamie
  • Katie
  • Roberta
  • Sonia
  • Cece

Publisher’s Summary

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….

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My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes I think that I have read every twisted psychological thriller there is because how many story-lines can there be? But this book did not disappoint. The characters were written and developed beautifully. You get to know five different girls and stories. You’ll find yourself in each one of them. This novel has a gothic atmosphere that transports you in time and place. It is the perfect amount of suspense, with extra special paranormal goodness sprinkled on top! Would recommend it anytime a year but even better for October festive, Halloween.

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Book Quotes

“That was what the books did—they turned off your thinking for you, put their thoughts in your head so you wouldn’t have your own.”

― Simone St. James, The Broken Girls

“There is no justice, Malcolm had told her once, but we stand for it anyway. Justice is the ideal, but justice is not the reality.”

― Simone St. James, The Broken Girls