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...

Details The Broken Girls

TitleThe Broken Girls
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Gothic, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Broken Girls

  • Deanna
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Kendall
    "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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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...
  • Melisa
    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...
  • Norma
    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 ...
  • Theresa Alan
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    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...
  • Brenda
    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...
  • Sarah Joint
    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...
  • Holly B
    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...
  • Tammy
    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...
  • Carrie
    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
    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
    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...
  • JanB
    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4This was a terrific gothic mystery with great characters and writing. I loved the suspense and the creepy vibe and I couldn’t wait to get back to the story every time I put the book down.Told with a dual story line, one is set in the 1950s, featuring four girls who live at Idlewild, a boarding school for troubled or unwanted girls. The girls’ stories were heartbreaking and they really captured my heart. They had no o...
  • Lori
    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.
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    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...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded up)Vermont: Idlewild Hall. Girls who attend or are on the grounds go missing or get hurt. Troublemakers are sent there. Girls who are considered difficult or who no one wants. Everyone says its haunted. If you’ve been there you’ve seen her: Mary Hand. Dead and buried under land.. Vermont, 1950: Four girls, roommates, attendees of Idlewild who become extremely close. Each has a past and each one has seen her. Unfortunately ...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.The Broken Girls is everywhere on social media right now as one of this month's Book of the Month choices, and definitely seems a worthy pick. This book has been beckoning me since November when I was approved to read it on Netgalley, but I haven't had a chance to fit it in until now. Based on the blurb alone, I knew this ...
  • Jan
    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...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    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...
    This is a bleak and unsettling story about a girls' boarding school in Vermont named Idlewild, which opened in 1919 and closed in 1979. Its students were misfits in the minds of the families who sent their children there. Out of sight, out of mind. Family Visit Days were the last Sunday of every month, not that many families took advantage of that. The story is told in the dueling time periods of 1950 and 2014. Fiona Sheridan is a journalist, jus...
  • Lindsay
    Review to come!
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    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. about that ...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Not only is The Broken Girls beautifully haunting but it is beautifully written. The kind of story that can both put goose bumps on your arms and tears in your eyes. It keeps you guessing, it keeps you reading, it keeps your attention and more than anything else, it leaves you wanting more by the end. This story is so complex in its simplicity. It is about a time when women, when girls, still didn't have a voice and were looked down upon and cont...