Book Review for THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James

THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James

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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A haunting tale linking the past to the present in one positively addictive and gripping thriller.

THE BROKEN GIRLS is an unsettling and chilling read which will keep you up at night reading. From the beginning to the end, I was completely spellbound by this story.


The author’s ability to weave together a tale that blends the past with the present so seamlessly is nothing short of exquisite. Sometimes an author can get lost in the space between a story that spans so many years, but St. James brought it to life. The craftsmanship behind the writing, the broad spectrum of characters, and the richness in the quality story made me want to slow down as I was reading so that I could make it last just a bit longer.  

I know it sounds like I am gushing, and it is because I am. I have not been this captivated by mystery with a hint of the supernatural since I finished HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather. If you want to read a gritty, intense, and all encompassing mystery with heart, look no further than THE BROKEN GIRLS. I cannot believe how much I loved this book and cannot recommend it more.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

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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About the Author: Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Book Details

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451476204
ISBN-13: 978-0451476203

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