The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls

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 mysteriou...


Details The Broken Girls

TitleThe Broken Girls
Author
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Gothic, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Broken Girls

  • Deanna
    2017-09-05
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 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 ...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    2018-01-11
    5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lot more if 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 ...
  • Meredith
    2018-01-22
    LOVED!Hauntingly suspenseful read about a former boarding school for “troubled girls.” There’s something sinister at work in Barrons, Vermont at the abandoned Idlewild Hall. Ghosts have been seen, bodies have been found, and secrets have been long buried. When a journalist begins digging into the dark, dismal history of Idlewild, she exposes a web of corruption and hidden crimes.In the 1950’s four girls were roommates and the best of frie...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    2018-03-05
    3.5*A dark, haunting novel that includes a whopper of a ghost story. When I first sought out this book I had no idea the plotline involved a supernatural element. Had I known, I probably would have just passed on it. And boy, what a shame that would’ve been. In fact, the supernatural slant ended up being my favorite part of the book! So even if ghosts tend to scare, (like they do for me👻) don’t run! It blends perfectly into the story.The b...
  • Julie
    2018-03-19
    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, t...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    2018-04-02
    Idlewild was the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls. Hidden in the backwoods of Vermont, it had only 120 students: illegitimate daughters, first wives’ daughters, servants’ daughters, immigrant girls, girls who misbehaved…The Broken Girls proved to be a breezy and exciting read in all of the best ways. The hooks were there, pulling me further and further i...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    2018-02-17
    A seriously atmospheric, creepy, spooky, eerie (seriously, think of a synonym for any of those words and it will fit the bill) tale that will haunt you day and night.I am not one for supernatural books, but this one was SO well done, it had me believing in ghosts by the time I was finished. So well done, in fact, that I went and bought this author’s entire back catalogue of titles. Mary Hand is a fascinating character and her powers are definit...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    2018-02-17
    4 eerie, ghostly stars to The Broken Girls! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 The Broken Girls started off with a bang with a dynamically engaging prologue! Was there a ghost right from the start? If you think you do not enjoy ghost stories, I have to say, this one is executed well. Spooky is done with a light hand, not overdone, even feasible if that’s possible for a ghost story?! The atmosphere is perfectly staged with an old school building featuring “t...
  • Kendall
    2017-10-30
    "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...." What a bloody brilliant story! The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a creepy, chilling, and BOLD ghost story. Oh my gosh... I absolutely loved how Simone created a mystery within a paranormal/ghost story. I have read previous novels where authors have tried to create a paranormal feel to the mystery/thrille...
  • Theresa Alan
    2017-12-27
    I don't believe in ghosts in real life, but I absolutely believed in the ghost of Mary Hand haunting a girls' boarding school, even after it was shut down in 1979. The writing of Broken Girls is wonderful and unique.The story is told during two diferent periods in history. In 2014, journalist Fiona Sheridan, daughter of a famous journalist, is still looking for more solid information on the murder of her sister twenty years earlier, even though D...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    2018-02-18
    3.5 stars!The Broken Girls was a quick, entertaining, fast-paced and atmospheric gothic mystery novel that was an enjoyable and satisfying read. I did enjoy the dual storylines, but I thought that the past timeline was a little more interesting than the present one though. I do love a good ghost story and the supernatural and I definitely thought the author delivered a spooky read here, but for some reason when I was reading this novel, I wasn't ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2018-02-19
    4.5 stars! I loved the gothic and mysterious feel of this gripping novel!From page one, I was drawn into this fascinating story surrounding Idlewild Hall, an old crumbling abandoned girls boarding school. In the 1950’s, an Idlewild Hall student disappeared, leaving for a weekend family visit, never to return. Almost fifty years later, a local girl is left dead in the open field surrounding the abandoned property of Idlewild Hall, the school hav...
  • Dorie
    2018-02-01
    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, gi...
  • Diane S ☔
    2018-02-22
    3.5 A storyline fifty years apart. A deserted school for girls, a school that in the fifties, housed girls that had problems. Four become fast friends, and then one goes missing never forgotten, but never seen again. A murder in more current times, body found on school grounds and a sister who wants answers. Now a wealthy woman is undertaking a renovation of the school, opening and exposing old secrets. Oh yes, and we must forget the ghost!!The a...
  • Holly B
    2018-02-18
    An eerie ghost story set in Vermont. Two timelines (1950 and 2014) merge to unfold a haunting tale with plenty of spine tingling revelations.A boarding school for troubled girls in 1950, conceals secrets that are begging to be told. The foreboding rhyme of Mary Hand is whispered through the walls. One of the four bonded roommates disappears and the others are left afraid and worried for their friend.It’s 2014 and Fiona has questions about her s...
  • Sarah Joint
    2018-02-18
    A deliciously creepy story that's a bit gothic, heartwrenching, and completely absorbing. Stories involved the supernatural are a hit or miss with me, and I'm glad this one was a hit. The supernatural parts are not overdone at all, enough to be spooky and leave you wanting more, while being easy to imagine. I actually jumped at some point when my reading was rudely interrupted by a knock! This story has two timelines, 1950 and 2014. I found the o...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-03-18
    What a great and captivating book!On the 1950s timeline we have a group of friends who are attending a boarding school called Idlewild Hall. They are devastated to learn that one of their close friends has mysteriously disappeared without a trace and, to make matters more intriguing, the school grounds are said to be haunted. On the 2014 timeline we have Fiona, whose sister was murdered twenty years ago and dumped on Idlewild. Fiona is still stru...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    2018-02-25
    I was lost in the spooky overgrown weedy brushes of the lush coulee with ten of my Traveling Sisters. This was one of our largest group reads that we have done and it was such a great, fun read. I really enjoyed discussing everyone’s thoughts on this one. Interesting with such a large group we ended up in the same coulee but were split into different sides of the coulee. The Broken Girls is a creepy gothic, suspenseful, supernatural thriller th...
  • Dem
    2018-04-27
    I wish it didn't have to end................This is my guilty pleasure style novel. I loved the gothic, mystery feel to this book and my only regret on this one is that I don't actually own a hard copy for my real life book shelf.Broken Girls is a chilling murder / suspense story set in Idlewild Hall, an old abandoned boarding school in rural Vermont. I am a sucker for gothic or modern gothic style stories and throw in an old abandoned Manor or B...
  • Tammy
    2018-03-05
    I’m weary of thrillers. I’m not a fan of ghost stories. And, bad girls in boarding school has been done to death. Sounds like a recipe for a disappointing read but Broken Girls was a pleasant surprise. The four “bad” girls in 1950 weren’t bad by today’s standards, in fact they weren’t bad at all. Mostly, these girls were shuttled off to a crumbling and severe boarding school to shield their parents from embarrassment and then a stud...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    2018-04-12
    I hate to give it the “meh” but that’s how this book was for me. The audio is very good though. Most people enjoyed this book way more than I did so don’t take my word for it.
  • Book of Secrets
    2018-03-04
    THE BROKEN GIRLS was an amazing book, combining many elements I love: mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, dual time periods, and crime drama. I loved it – yes, it was dark and unsettling, but I was glued to the pages.The story alternates between the early 1950s and 2014 in a tiny Vermont town. In the past, four teenage girls attend a local boarding school for troubled girls called Idlewild Hall when one goes missing; in the present, a jou...
  • Carrie
    2018-03-14
    The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a mystery/thriller read that has supernatural elements to it. Told in alternating timelines from several points of view the books was still easy to follow and one that will captivate the reader on the mystery side but give chills with the ghostly elements.In 2014, Fiona Sheridan is a journalist who was once touched by tragedy when the body of her sister was found. Her sister’s boyfriend at the time was tr...
  • Lori Lamothe
    2017-08-29
    Superb Gothic Suspense - Highly Recommended Simone St. James’ latest novel is indeed about the broken. The abandoned Vermont girls school where the book is set is a crumbling echo chamber, an ominous place rumored to be haunted. Fiona Sheridan, the freelance journalist writing a story about Idlewild’s renovation, is in no better shape. After police discover her sister’s body on school grounds in the 1990s, Fiona spends the next 20 years gri...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2018-02-23
    About: The Broken Girls is a thriller written by Simone St. James. It will be published on 3/20/18 by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are paranormal, fiction, suspense, gothic, and thriller. My Experience: I started reading The Broken Girls on 2/11/18 and finished it on 2/23/18. This book is a fantastic and thrilling read right from the first page! I literally bite my teeth and take shallow breaths as...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-04-05
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/2.5 StarsBefore I begin, let me say I am DEFINITELY the wrongreader here. Deanna and Diane S. and Michelle and Ellen Gail and Jan and Brenda Ayala and MeggieBree have all read it and either 4 or 5 Starred it. So what was my problem? I mean, aside from the usual . . . . For me it was I just couldn’t make sense of the thing. I mean you have a woman in the present whose sister was murde...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-01-21
    Idelwild Hall being renovated but not being made public? Did the mysterious woman and her son that were doing the renovation know something no one else knew?One good thing about the renovation was that it meant Fiona would be able to get inside the school grounds where her sister was found dead on the football field twenty years ago.Fiona still had questions about her sister's death, and this would be the perfect time to investigate.THE BROKEN GI...
  • Michelle
    2018-03-07
    This book was fantastic! Vermont 1950, we follow the story of four roommates at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for wayward girls. Katie, CeCe, Roberta and Sonia bond over the rumors of the haunted hallways and fields surrounding Idlewild Hall. They say Mary Hand haunts the land and soon all the girls experience her presence, whispers in their ears, soft footsteps by their side, until one of them mysteriously disappears. Did Mary Hand do somethi...
  • Dennis
    2017-10-09
    What a marvelous and unexpected on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of read! Simon St. James's The Broken Girls is set in Barrons, Vermont, during two different time periods and ultimately merging into one storyline. 1950- In a generation of people affected by the aftermath of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, there is a boarding school in rural Vermont called Idlewild Hall. This all girls boarding school is home to many of society's "d...