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The Broken Girls A suspense novel from the award winning author of The Haunting of Maddy ClareVermont,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,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 caseWhen 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 GREAT HALLOWEEN READ WITH GHOSTLY COMPONENTS Wow, this book blew me away It had everything I love in a book, amazing believable characters, smooth flowing prose, mystery within mystery within mystery The past and present narrative style works wonderfully in this book and I was equally interested in both parts of the book.In Barrons, Vermont there was a private school called Idlewild Hall for troubled girls This could range from those who had suffered mental and emotional trauma, girls GREAT HALLOWEEN READ WITH GHOSTLY COMPONENTS Wow, this book blew me away It had everything I love in a book, amazing believable characters, smooth flowing prose, mystery within mystery within mystery The past and present narrative style works wonderfully in this book and I was equally interested in both parts of the book.In Barrons, Vermont there was a private school called Idlewild Hall for troubled girls This could range from those who had suffered mental and emotional trauma, girls that just didn t fit the right mold, girls fathered by someone who wanted to hide these other offsprings to just girls who didn t behave in the way their parents wanted.In the 1950 s there were four very special girls who, living as roommates, struck up a friendship as a way to survive this horrible school and the constant repressive and stagnant nature of teaching The girls, Cece, Katie, Sonia and Roberta have at one time or another spotted the rud ghost of Idlewild hall, a mysterious lady veiled, and in black dress They also hear her say things to them which is personal to each of them When one of them goes missing, the others try to solve the mystery.Flash to 20 years later and the long vacant school and property have been purchased and is rud to be planned to reopen as a school once again A young journalist, Fiona Sheridan, is grief stricken at the this thought Her older sister had been found strangled in the field by the school, her boyfriend being found guilty of the crime and currently in jail.Some things just aren t adding up for Fiona and with the help of her policeman boyfriend and fellow journalist she starts to dig and dig forinformation about her sister s death and also the person who has purchased the land and why.There was never a dull moment in this book, I really didn t want to stop reading The characters were all beautifully well developed and I cared about all of them I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful, brilliantly written book that will keep you guessing until the satisfying end.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you 5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lotif I Could Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried underland She ll say she wants to be your friend Do not let her in again The setting is in Vermont There are rumors that the boarding school Idlewild Hall is haunted This is a place where girls go who are troublemakers, illegitimate and too smart for their own good Their parents rarely visit them Four roommates are friends and they bond very well until one of them disappears.Fiona Sheridan is a journa 5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lotif I Could Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried underland She ll say she wants to be your friend Do not let her in again The setting is in Vermont There are rumors that the boarding school Idlewild Hall is haunted This is a place where girls go who are troublemakers, illegitimate and too smart for their own good Their parents rarely visit them Four roommates are friends and they bond very well until one of them disappears.Fiona Sheridan is a journalist Twenty years ago her sister s body was found lying in the overgrown fields, near the ruins of Idlewood Her sister s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder She keeps revisiting the events surrounding her sister s death Fiona has a strong suspicion that the case isn t what it was made out to be Fiona then finds out that Idlewild Hall is being restored and decides to write a story about it Shockingly she discovers that the renovations link to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past.This is an awesome spooky ghost story plus a great mystery It is so muchthan your average ghost story If you usually don t like ghost stories, I still think you would like this one It is a Gothic suspense novel and I could just feel the Gothic atmosphere brewing It isof a mystery than horror It didn t really scare me but the secrets were frightening butsuspenseful It was also very chilling It hooked me in straight from the beginning and didn t let go until the very end The suspense kept me turning the pages and kept me reading into the earl hours of the morning The story goes back and forth from the past to the present From 1950 to 2014, two stories merge into one There are several twist and turns that gave me surprises that I didn t see coming with a great murder plot The book is very well written and is a character driven novel I just loved some of the characters I recommend this to those who like a Gothic suspense novel.I got this arc on Edelweiss My reviews can also be seen at Stars Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead and buried under land Faster, faster Don t let her catch you She ll say she wants to be your friend Do not let her in again I m not usually one for paranormal ghost stories, but when I read the description for The Broken Girls I was really intrigued I m thrilled to say that this was even better than I expected.Barrons, Vermont November 1950 A young girl has ju The Broken Girls by Simone St James is a 2018 Berkley publication Now THIS is my kind of book Set in Vermont, alternating between 1950 and 2014, this well rounded thriller, centers around a girl s only school named Idlewood Hall During the fifties, this school was where troubled girls were sent, and where a group of girls forge an unlikely and formidable friendship which would cause a rippling effect for decades to come Over the years, the abandoned school was nothingthan an eyesore The Broken Girls by Simone St James is a 2018 Berkley publication Now THIS is my kind of book Set in Vermont, alternating between 1950 and 2014, this well rounded thriller, centers around a girl s only school named Idlewood Hall During the fifties, this school was where troubled girls were sent, and where a group of girls forge an unlikely and formidable friendship which would cause a rippling effect for decades to come Over the years, the abandoned school was nothingthan an eyesore, protecting its memories and ghosts from the outside world, its most recent claim to fame being the general location of where Fiona Sheridan s sister was found dead over twenty years ago Now, in present day, 2014, someone has taken an interest in Idlewood, determined to restore the old boarding house, which only intensifies Fiona s obsession over her sister s death She convinces her boss to allow her to do a story about the school s restoration for the magazine she works for While she barely manages to conceal her ulterior motives, the restoration efforts inadvertently led to a shocking discovery, and sends her down a rabbit hole, as she searches, not only for peace of mind concerning her sister s death, but for the answers to a decades old mystery This gloomy, atmospheric thriller enveloped me in its Gothic fog, keeping me utterly riveted and on the edge of my seat from the beginning to end The creepy aura surrounding Fiona s investigation into her sister s death is nail biting suspense at its finest This is a crime drama, thriller, and chiller all rolled into one While the haunting of Idlewood adds a deliciously spooky element to the story, what is truly haunting is the heavy toll that losing a daughter and sister had on Fiona and her family, as well as the ever present feeling of impending doom But, the mystery of the disappearance of one of Idlewood s boarders during the fifties was a story that goes beyond the ghostly rumors It is poignantly sad and infuriating tale, that slowly morphs into an inspirational and touching story of friendship and long overdue closure I have always been a sucker for a good ghost story, mainly because contrary to the creepy, spooky, chilling aspects of hauntings,often than not, ghosts are quite often helpful, or asking for help from the living, to give them long sought after peace, which is a not at all frightening when you look at it from that angle This story is no exception, but I have to tell you, this ghost story packs a powerful punch and is incredibly edgy But, mostly, this story is about solving all the mysteries surrounding two very different types of crimes, with two entirely separate circumstances The author manages to connect the past to the present fluidly, despite the stark differences in themes and urgency While the location and Idlewood provide a physical link, it is really the power of familial love and the enduring bonds of friendship, with a little help from beyond, that brings everyone and everything together in the end This story is evenly paced, giving the well timed twists a great deal of power It is very well written, and embodies everything I love about a good thriller Overall, this was an immensely satisfying read Pulling out all the stars for this one 5 stars

  • Kindle Edition
  • 336 pages
  • The Broken Girls
  • Simone St. James
  • English
  • 15 December 2018

About the Author: Simone St. James

Simone St James is the award winning author of The Broken Girls and 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 outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.


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