The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451476203
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm

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MillieBT
May 10, 2019

A tale about four girls in the 1950's that live in a boarding school called Idlewild that is thought to be haunted, and a journalist in 2014....this book has mystery, intrigue and crime drama with a side of creepy haunted buildings

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StrangelyExuberant
Mar 30, 2019

I loved this book. This is the spooky, eerie, ghost story I was looking for. I am a huge lover of ghost stories and ghost movies so this was just the perfect cup of tea I was longing for. The prologue peaks your interest in just the right way and leaves an impression on your mind as you meet Fiona, Jamie, Malcolm, Katie, Sonia, Cee Cee, and Roberta. I just cannot rave about this book enough. The atmosphere is described in wonderful detail, the abandoned school comes to life in your imagination, and the characters have a real feel to them as if they really do exist. This is a story that you will enjoy from start to finish and one that concludes in a beautiful way.

DBRL_ANNEG Jan 08, 2019

I've read a few books by Simone St. James and I keep coming back to them because of her ability to create a spooky, ghost-filled atmosphere. Her books so far have been a bit uneven in terms of the stories they tell, but I'm happy to say "The Broken Girls" has a delightfully creepy atmosphere AND a pretty decent story.

You do have to be willing to suspend your disbelief some as some points of the story come together in ways that don't really seem feasible. I think it would have been interesting to perhaps see some of what happened from the perspective of the "bad guy" because there were holes as to what set certain events in motion that were kind of annoying if you sit and think about them too much. But looking past that weakness, I still really enjoyed the book every time I picked it up.

It's a great rainy day, hot cuppa, and candles burning kind of read, which is generally my favorite way to spend an afternoon. I look forward to seeing what else St. James puts out in the future.

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SuzeParker
Aug 12, 2018

Old murders and old ghosts make for one fantastic novel in The Broken Girls. I'm not usually one for ghost/paranormal stories. But in Simone St. James' capable hands, that particular story line adds intrigue even as it ties seamlessly into the other story threads for a well-written, captivating book.

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sundaysilence73
Jul 30, 2018

Best book I've read in a while. Can't wait to get her other books.

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Nikkelsndimes
Jul 30, 2018

Spooky and fascinating! An exciting mystery across generations, combined with an eery ghost story. I LOVED reading this book! I’m really sad I've finished it. Definitely one of my favourite reads so far this year.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

There was a creepiness to parts of the story that I enjoyed but these moments didn’t advance, or really have much to do with, the actual plot. To me, this was poorly written and included minimal character or story development. Very disappointing.

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Mya614
Jun 10, 2018

Well written story. One you can't guess the twists in it.

JenniferG_OshLib May 23, 2018

This is the perfect book for lovers of atmospheric ghost stories. Set in a small town in Vermont, Fiona Barton is trying to figure out why someone wants to restore the creepy boarding school where her sister's body was found 20 years ago. With a great back story and a ghost that gave me chills, this was a fast-paced mystery perfect for a cold day.

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star2014
May 22, 2018

the author writes well enough, but I could not get into the characters or the story. Returned it after 100 pages.

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Mya614
Jun 10, 2018

Mya614 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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