Book Review: The Broken Girls, Simone St. James

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By: Simone St. James

Length: 336 pages

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


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. . . .



Thank you NetGalley, Thank you Berkley Publishing Group and Thank you Simone St. James for allowing me the chance to read this absolutely amazing book. I can not wait to add this to my bookshelf.

I knew I was in for a real treat when I hauntingly sweet notes of a ghost melodies came into play.

“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….”

I mean, the melody is just intoxicating.

From 1950 to 2014 two stories merge seamlessly into one, in the most creatively written gothic suspense novels to date.

The torments of a sisters murder with the combination of a dilapidated schoolhouse are unmistakenly beautiful. while the discombobulations of a 1950 boarding school for unwanted troubled girls hides the true mystery left for you to unravel.

The story starts to unfold at a pace making it so you are unable to stop reading. While the young girls of Idlewild Hall search for the answer to the elusive missing roommate in the 1950’s and Fee searches for the truth behind her sister death even though a murder has already been tried and found guilty.

Can these deaths decades apart connect the missing dots? Can  Fiona Sheridan find and accept the answers that she finds? Will the real stories of Idlewild Hall be revealed?

The Broken Girls is going to be one book you are not going to want to miss out on.


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  1. It sounds like a great book, I like reading about mysteries. I think that this book would be very hard to put down because I would want to find out what happens on each page, until the mystery is solved.


  2. That sounds awesome Cia, I’m dying to find out what secrets that dilapidated schoolhouse for troubled girls holds. I’ll put it on my watch list for next year. I love a good ghostly murder mystery


  3. I’m glad you wrote the review: this is definitely not my genre. I hate ghost stories, murder, violence. I have enough of my own nightmares.


  4. I’ve heard this book is amazing and I have been meaning to pick a copy up. This just made me want to read the book even more, it sounds so interesting.


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