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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

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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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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Member ratings (18,908)

  • 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.

  • Rachel B.

    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

  • Nichole M.

    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

  • Lindsay S.

    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:)