The Broken Girls
by Simone St. James
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 334 pages
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. . . .
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Dark, haunting and edgy, THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James tells both the dark history of a private girls’ school and a twisted ghost story that may be shrouding the answers to disappearances and death.
The unwanted girls were sent to Idlewild Hall. Some were “dirty little secrets, some far too brilliant and precocious, but all were troubled, short on trust in a world that seemed to turn its back on them. Rumor had it the school was haunted by the ghost of a young girl, was it true? Should she be feared or was she a guardian of sorts?
It was 1950 and four girls would form a bond that would not be broken. They became friends, family and confidants who had each other’s backs. Then one of them disappeared and she would not be the last…
Fast forward to 2014 where a free-lance journalist is determined to dig up the ghosts of the past as the long abandoned school is being renovated and rebuilt. Fiona has a vested interest in Idlewild. Her sister was found murdered there twenty years before and she cannot help but feel there is more to her sister’s death than what was discovered, but she never knew how much was hidden within the halls of Idlewild. If walls could talk, what would be revealed? If Fiona could find survivors from all those years before, would she be prepared for what she heard?
Dark, foreboding, and often heartbreaking, this is the story of girls cast off from society, whose lives mean little to the outside world, but someone remembers and someone will honor the rare trusts that were built. Perhaps more than a legendary ghost will be laid to rest.
Simone St. James has taken dark mysteries to a new level with an atmosphere that is almost oily to the touch. Feel the pain that breathes within this tale, as history gives up its secrets to the present. Intriguing reading that held me to each page like a moth to a flame.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley!