The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls

The "clever and wonderfully chilling" (Fiona Barton) 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...


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TitleThe Broken Girls
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Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Fiction
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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
    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 Idlewood 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jan
    2017-11-28
    Dark, haunting, and atmospheric-just how I like my ghost stories!!But this is so much more than just a ghost story, as the author does an amazing job of bringing the past and present together to create a page turner of a mystery.So why not a 5*? This is my first time reading this author and with the high reviews already showing, my expectations were high. Unfortunately, it took me a bit to find my grove. The build up is incredibly slow, but thank...
  • Lori
    2017-12-08
    First, I have to say how much I love this cover... it reflects the atmosphere of this novel perfectly. What could be better than a murder mystery with an interwoven ghost story. It was well paced and kept me interested the entire time. Only complaint- the ending was a bit tidy. I’ll be looking into reading more by St James. 4 stars.
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-01-21
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MARCH 22, 2018."THE BROKEN GIRLS has lots of secrets, along with ghosts, mean girls, and a school that was for unwanted girls for a reason.This was my first book by Ms. St. James. Her writing is mesmerizing, detailed, and draws you in so well that you feel as if you are right there with the characters and the drama.Murders, an old boarding school, corruption, and an awesome story line await the reader. And...how about that ...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    2017-11-22
    4 Stars.This is a top notch dual time-line mystery, taking place in 1950 and 2014. It's been twenty years since Fiona Sheridan's sister Deb was murdered; her body dumped on the playing field of a now closed girls boarding school. Haunted by the tragedy, it affects every aspect of Fiona's life and unanswered questions about the murder won't let her move forward. Now, someone has decided to restore the school and a horrible discovery by constructio...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2017-10-08
    To be reviewed!
  • Chloe
    2017-11-22
    In 1950 Idlewild Hall is a place for unwanted, troubled girls. Four roommates Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta form an unlikely strong bond over a mysterious ghost that haunts Idlewild Hall and preys on your fears till one of them disappears without leaving a clue about her whereabouts.In 2014 Fiona Sheridan, a freelance journalist, cannot let go of her sister’s death which happened 20 years ago on the grounds of Idlewild Hall. Even though her si...
  • Holly
    2018-01-08
    Another winner from Simone St. James! The tale weaves back and forth from the perspectives of 4 teens from 1950 to a journalist from 2014. The teens go to a boarding school called Idlewild that is reported to be haunted. The girls do get scared of something one by one. In 2014, the school is closed but gets bought by a wealthy investor that wants to reopen the school. It's during the construction that a body is uncovered. Fiona, the journalist, t...
  • Faith
    2017-11-24
    This book opens with an unidentified girl who believes she is being followed as she walks along a deserted road. She is trying to return to Idlewild Hall, a mediocre boarding school for girls built in 1919 and closed in the 1970s. The students there were troubled, unwanted and shunted off by their families. Part of this murder mystery/ghost story involves four roommates from 1950, Katie, CeCe, Roberta and Sonia. The other half of the story is set...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    2017-11-28
    4 stars Thanks to First to Read and Berkely Books for this ARC in exchange for a truthful review. Had never read Simone St James before, but she will be added to my favorite authors. I will definitely read more of her work. She writes very smoothly with well developed characters. She builds her story, sprinkling it with just enough to peak your curiosity, and yet not give much away. She makes you feel like you are just hovering at the edge, stand...
  • Cheryl
    2017-12-01
    Journalist Fiona Sheridan suspects that there may be more to the story of her sister’s murder than what police determined. The killer was arrested and convicted, but Fiona still has an unsettled feeling about the circumstances.Fiona’s sister’s body was found on the grounds of an abandoned girls’ boarding school. When a gruesome discovery is made there, Fiona decides to write about the school’s history. As she delves into the story, she ...
  • Chloe
    2017-11-22
    In 1950 Idlewild Hall is a place for unwanted, troubled girls. Four roommates Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta form an unlikely strong bond over a mysterious ghost that haunts Idlewild Hall and preys on your fears till one of them disappears without leaving a clue about her whereabouts.In 2014 Fiona Sheridan, a freelance journalist, cannot let go of her sister’s death which happened 20 years ago on the grounds of Idlewild Hall. Even though her si...
  • Elizabeth
    2017-09-28
    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 Sh...
  • Vanessa
    2017-10-07
    This one was truly stunning. In this, there are so many mysteries all tied to one abandoned boarding school. The main character's sister was found murdered on the grounds. A body is found in an old well. And there is a ghost. What really happened to all 3 of these girls? They lived decades apart and their only link is a piece of land in rural Vermont. It is historical fiction and mystery and a little bit of horror (there is a ghost, after all) al...
  • Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
    2017-10-08
    This is an excellent book. The story gripped me from the first page. The plot has alternating timelines both set in Vermont: 1950- The reader is taken to Idlewild Hall, a place for troubled, illegitimate, and misplaced girls. It's also known to be haunted. It's basically a boarding school for unwanted girls. Four roommates find a way to bond through their fear and loneliness. They gradually become a tight knit circle until one of them disappears....
  • Linda
    2016-09-16
    *3.75 stars*With chapters traveling between two years -1950 and 2014- The Broken Girls was a chilling story about memories, a ghost, several cold-case mysteries and murder . A young girl vanished in 1950 but was never forgotten. Forty-fours later, a young woman died was killed in the same area. Her younger sister, now 37 years old, can’t let it go. Fiona Sheridan needed to understand what happened; it consumed her. To this day, the killer prof...
  • Cia Black
    2017-12-09
    Thank you NetGalley, Thank you Berkley Publishing Group and Thank you Simone St. James for allowing me the chance to read this absolutely amazing book. I can not wait to add this to my bookshelf.I knew I was in for a real treat when I hauntingly sweet notes of a ghost melodies came into play.“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….”I mean, the...
  • Quirkyreader
    2017-10-20
    First off, this was an ARC from Penguin Random House. Thank you.This book was so good I had to finish it as soon as possible. I just love St. James's version of the modern Gothic novel.There were ghosts, a romantic entanglement, and history. And like her other books the characters were very vivid and seem like someone you would meet while out shopping and doing errands. I now have to find the books by her that I haven't read yet.
  • Nancy
    2018-01-13
    Pretty much one of my favorite thrillers I've read in a long time. Combines different elements that I enjoy without being completely off the wall. The stories of today and before are tied together without an obvious bow. The book includes a solid storyline, character development without over or undergoing it, a little bit of supernatural. Really liked it.
  • Taiwo Balogun
    2017-11-05
    I’m trying to read more thriller and horror novels. That thing of facing your fears and all. So, when I say this book on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. I’m glad I didSummary: This book was so scary to me that I was looking over my shoulder two days after reading it. Maybe I’m just a scaredy-cat though.This novel started with an amazing prologue. A girl is running from something or someone and the writing here was fast-paced (...
  • Tracy Thomas
    2017-11-10
    First and foremost, Thank You to Berkley Pub for sending me an Arc of this book, in exchange of an honest review.Have you ever read a book, that you felt was just consistently good? I really enjoyed this book, I felt like it didn't drag on, or have parts that lost my interest, I literally enjoyed every page. This book was brilliantly written,and I mean it's about ghosts, but really there is so much more to this amazing book, thing's you wouldn't ...