Here is my review of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. I finished this weeks ago and man was it good! Publication date for this book was 3/20 and I received an early copy through Book of The Month.
The Broken Girls is a great mixture of a mystery and a ghost story which combined to create a creepy suspenseful novel that was incredibly hard to put down. This was a 5 star read for me!
It’s 2014 in Vermont and journalist Fiona Sheridan is haunted by her elder sister’s death twenty years ago. Her body was found on the grounds of an old run-down boarding school, Idlewild Hall. Even though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted, Fiona can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.
In the dual timeline, it’s 1950 and Idlewild Hall is a boarding school for misfits and troubled girls. Rumors among the girls and the town are that the school may be haunted. Four roommates, each with their own secrets and troubled pasts, become friends and support systems for each other, and then one of them turns up missing.
What happened to these two girls decades apart? Are the eerie grounds of Idlewild home to a ghost named Mary Hand that has haunted the town for years? Was the ghost involved? What does she want?
I loved the unnerving backdrop of the ghost in both timelines and the ghost story was extremely well done here. I am not usually a fan of supernatural books and this made me want to read more of them so don’t let that stop you from picking this one up! The characters are all likeable and extremely relatable, the ghost is creepy, and multiple mysteries unravel seamlessly in the dual timelines. Read The Broken Girls with all the lights on, and pair with coffee and cheese croissants.