The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Published by Berkley on March 20, 2018
Genres: mystery, thriller, gothic, suspense, historical fiction
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: Criminal Minds, Cold Case, creepy satisfying books
Read with food: popcorn ~ the suspense is that good; it’s like watching a movie you can’t take your eyes off
A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare…
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. . . .
Murders, deaths that may or may not be accidental, haunted boarding schools, disturbed teenage girls. What more could a reader possibly want in a creepy, can’t put down book?
The Broken Girls alternates between 1950 and 2014. In 1950, 4 girls live in a haunted boarding school, Idlewild, for disturbed/delinquent teenage girls. One of them goes missing. Secrets are uncovered, and nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Then in 2014 a body is discovered on the grounds of the now derelict Idlewild.
In between, a young woman is murdered on the grounds. Fiona, the sister of the murdered woman, is now a journalist. Writing an article about the renovations on the grounds of Idlewild. She digs up more than a few secrets that the small town wishes to keep buried.
The Broken Girls is a perfect mix of an unsettling episode of Criminal Minds directed by Matthew Gray Gubler and a satisfying episode of Cold Case.
I definitely recommend you give this haunting book a read!
3 thoughts on “The Broken Girls by Simone St. James”
I have been wanting to read this but I am afraid it is too scary. I am also worried about the supernatural aspect. Is it really scary? is the supernatural aspect a really big part of the book?
Did you ask this on Instagram? I’m still trying to figure out who is who across different platforms on the book blogging community. lol. If not, here’s my answer. It wasn’t really scary. Creepy, haunting, and sad but not horror book scary. Trust me I’m a wuss when it comes to scary movies/books … won’t watch/read them! The supernatural aspect was a plot aspect throughout but sporadic, if that makes sense. I’m not a fan of horror, fantasy or sci fi books, but this was really good!