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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
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The Broken Girls

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by Simone St. James

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When journalist Fiona Sheridan searches for clues to her sister's murder at a haunted boarding school, her digging uncovers more deaths and secrets buried long ago.

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Synopsis

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 friendships 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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  • Plant City, FL

    I don't usually enjoy thrillers but this one kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more. I liked the addition of a supernatural element--which drove fear in the hearts of the characters--and that, despite the ghost story, the plot and characters still felt grounded in reality.

  • Palm Bay, FL

    The Broken Girls was a first-rate thriller and a great read in every way: plot, character development, pacing. There were two separate timelines in the story, so it would have been easy for the details to get lost, but this was a well-crafted story.

  • Spokane, WA

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love any more books and this one came along I couldn’t put it down it was such a exciting read I was curious to see what could happen next. I enjoyed every moment of it

  • Chicago, IL

    The way this book was written, chronologically, was different than what I’m used to, but it was a great change. I’m not upset on who ended up being the murderer, nor do I think the revenge was unfair.

  • Richmond, VA

    The experiences that the boarding girls had with Mary the ghost was just as compelling as Fiona’s search for her sister’s murder. The back & forth story telling from the two time periods was cohesive.

  • Miramar, FL

    The book was spectacular! St. James did an amazing job of catching the readers interest in the story from the first page all the way to the last with the right combination of mystery suspense and thriller

  • Gouverneur , NY

    This was a great book to read, I didn’t want to put it down. Couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Very captivating, I passed it along to a friend to read. Hoping they enjoy it as well:)

  • Sycamore, IL

    One of the best books i ever read! Seriously could not put it down — the way it went from past to present kept me wanting to read more—and the big ending!! Wow!! The Broken Girls-a must read-5 Stars!

  • Madison, WI

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at first. It seemed slow in the beginning and then more gets added on to the story and you become hooked. Lots of twists that weren’t expected. Highly recommend.

  • Moscow, ID

    I loved this book. It was fast-paced and exciting and I loved the supernatural twist to the story without being too “out there”. I couldn’t put it down and at the end I didn’t want it to be over.

  • Gates, TN

    It took me a few pages to really get into this book. But once I did, omg! It was a complete page turner. I couldn’t stop until I finished the entire thing. I loved reading from the different dynamics!

  • Mount Pleasant, TX

    I loved this book! I usually don’t like a paranormal aspect to my novels because I like there to be a concrete reason I’m scared to bits. But this book was so wonderfully written. I truly loved it.

  • Baton Rouge, LA

    This was the second I’ve read by St. James, and I didn’t think anything would top the Sun Down Motel. I was SO wrong. A creepy boarding school with a ghost and an unsolved murder- it has everything!

  • Prescott Valley , AZ

    I loved this book and didn’t want to put it down. I enjoyed the way the author intertwined the two different eras and how they came together in the end. The supernatural element gave that little extra

  • Pensacola, FL

    I thought this book was pretty good! I was glad I wasn’t able to predict much of the book which is a plus for me! This book also gave me just enough scare to feed my appetite for a good horror book.

  • Sherman Oaks, CA

    Utterly delicious ghost story – I got goosebumps several times! I loved flitting back and forth between 1950 and 2014; the transitions were seamless. Also? Totally in love with all the badass women!

  • Waterbury, CT

    Fast paced with a good twist to it. Had a supernatural element that didn’t overshadow the very real murders, but enhanced the fear. I felt very invested in the characters & their lives from both times

  • Racine, WI

    This was my favorite BOM since I joined. Yes, there was a ghost involved, but I didn’t get the whole supernatural feel. I thought it was a good mystery and couldn’t put it down. Very quick read.

  • Chicago, IL

    Its been a long time since I’ve read something i couldn’t put down. I started on a Sunday evening read for hours, Monday night too then woke up an hour early on Tuesday just to finish. GREAT READ

  • Orofino, ID

    Ok. Not my usual style but I read this book in three days each chapter as captivating as the next. I really love the ghost stories and the history. I honestly haven't found a botm I haven't liked. Yet

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