The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

Posted March 22, 2019 by Karen in Books, Reviews /

The Broken Girls…by Simone St. JamesThe Broken Girls

by: Simone St. James
Published by:Berkley Books on March 20, 2018
Genres:Historical Fiction
Setting: Vermont
Format: Trade Paperback
Source: Purchased
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A breakout 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 friendship 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. . . .

One of my favorite book tubers highly recommended ‘The Broken Girls’. After her description of the book, I knew I had to pick it up. ‘The Broken Girls is a mix of historical fiction, mystery/thriller, and ghost story.


 I thought I try a new type of review and give my top ten things I loved about ‘The Broken Girls’ by Simone St. James.



10. The creepy girls boarding school, ‘Idlewild Hall’ and it’s garden that grew nothing. The gloomiest setting I’ve ever read about.


9. The friend bond between Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta. In tough circumstances girls often turn on each other but the roommates stuck together and became true friends.


8. Sonia’s back story. Sonia hasn’t recovered mentally or physically  from her time in Ravensbruck consecration camp. It’s easy to forget that WWII really wasn’t that long ago.


7. The double plot twist involving the two murders. Didn’t expect either one to turn out the way it did.


6. Fiona’s relationship with her dad, close but complicated. Just like real life.


5. Jamie. Totally a book boyfriend.


4. CeCe’s family secrets. You know that the in previous generations illegitimate children got hidden all the time. This led to very complicated family dynamics.


3. A book set in Vermont. I love a unique book setting.


2. The dual timeline between past and present (which is my favorite) and the fact the one set in the past is in the 1950’s.


1. The legend of the ghost of Mary Hand.


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About Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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