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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Mystery

The Broken Girls

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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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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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prologue

Barrons, Vermont

November 1950

The sun vanished below the horizon as the girl crested the rise of Old Barrons Road. Night, and she still had three miles to go.

The air here went blue at dusk, purplish and cold, a light that blurred details as if one were looking through smoke. Squinting, the girl cast a glance back at the road where it climbed the rise behind her, the breeze tousling her hair and creeping through the thin fabric of her collar, but no one that she could see was following.

Still: Faster, she thought.

She hurried down the slope, her thick schoolgirl’s shoes pelting stones onto the broken road, her long legs moving like a foal’s as she kept her balance. She’d outgrown the gray wool skirt she wore—it hung above her knees now—but there was nothing to be done about it. She carried her uniform skirt in the suitcase that banged against her legs, and she’d be putting it back on soon enough.

If I’m lucky.

Stop it, stupid. Stupid.

Faster.

Her palms were sweaty against the suitcase handle. She’d nearly dropped the case as she’d wrestled it off the bus in haste, perspiration stinging her back and armpits as she glanced up at the bus’s windows.

Everything all right? the driver had asked, something about the panic in a teenage girl’s face penetrating his disinterest.

Yes, yes— She’d given him a ghastly smile and a wave and turned away, the case banging her knees, as if she were bustling off down a busy city street and not making slow progress across a cracked stretch of pavement known only as the North Road. The shadows had grown long, and she’d glanced back as the door closed, and again as the bus drew away.

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Member ratings (19,981)

  • Sarah D.

    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.

  • Kristina C.

    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.

  • Kim W.

    Statesville, NC

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A ghost mystery with several twists!!! Follows two different storylines that merge many years later to uncover a mystery behind a murder and the mystery behind a ghost from another era! Lov

  • Samantha T.

    Bridgewater, MA

    OHMYGOSH. Such good writing. Just when you think you’ve got it solved there’s another turn. I haven’t found many books that have kept me guessing till the end but this did it. COULD NOT PUT DOWN ✨✨✨✨✨

  • Yolanda R.

    Manteca, CA

    Great book that kept me wanting to read more. It has the supernatural element that I love and the plot was really good. I finished it quickly and was sad to be done reading it!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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