Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review: The Broken Girls by: Simone St. James

Title: The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback ( 336p.)
Source: Publisher


A 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. . . . 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Fiona Sheridan whose trying to make sense of the murder of her sister Deb.  Part of making sense from it brings her to an abandoned private school.   Back in 1950 troubled girls were sent to Idlewild Hall.  There they are groomed to make a success of their life.  Some of the horror's these girls faced that brought them there were really traumatic.

Fiona finds herself digging deep into the past of the school while under the guise of writing a story about the girls who went there.  When a body is found the pressure is on to find out what really happened back then and whose to blame? 

I found this story very compelling it brought you back and forth and from various points of view it dragged you and didn't let go.  It was incredible adventure to go on and feel like you were on it until the very end!
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