The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

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 whispe A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare... Vermont, 1950. There's a place fo...

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Title:The Broken Girls
Author:Simone St. James
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B0738KSJ8F
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Broken Girls Reviews

  • Marialyce
    Feb 20, 2018
    4.5 couldn't stop reading stars rounded up This was a story of tragedy, of death, of girls seeking love and finding it with one another in a boarding school in Vermont. It was a story with Gothic overtones that kept this reader totally engaged from the very first page unto its sati...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Mar 18, 2018
    What a great and captivating book! On the 1950s timeline we have a group of friends who are attending a boarding school called Idlewild Hall. They are devastated to learn that one of their close friends has mysteriously disappeared without a trace and, to make matters more intriguin...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jan 21, 2018
    Idelwild Hall being renovated but not being made public? Did the mysterious woman and her son that were doing the renovation know something no one else knew? One good thing about the renovation was that it meant Fiona would be able to get inside the school grounds where her siste...
  • Dem
    Apr 27, 2018
    I wish it didn't have to end................This is my guilty pleasure style novel. I loved the gothic, mystery feel to this book and my only regret on this one is that I don't actually own a hard copy for my real life book shelf. Broken Girls is a chilling murder / suspense story set...
  • Theresa Alan
    Dec 27, 2017
    I don't believe in ghosts in real life, but I absolutely believed in the ghost of Mary Hand haunting a girls' boarding school, even after it was shut down in 1979. The writing of Broken Girls is wonderful and unique. The story is told during two diferent periods in history. In 2014,...
  • Book of Secrets
    Mar 04, 2018
    THE BROKEN GIRLS was an amazing book, combining many elements I love: mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, dual time periods, and crime drama. I loved it ? yes, it was dark and unsettling, but I was glued to the pages. The story alternates between the early 1950s and 2014 in ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 22, 2018
    3.5 A storyline fifty years apart. A deserted school for girls, a school that in the fifties, housed girls that had problems. Four become fast friends, and then one goes missing never forgotten, but never seen again. A murder in more current times, body found on school grounds and a si...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    Feb 23, 2018
    About: The Broken Girls is a thriller written by Simone St. James. It will be published on 3/20/18 by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are paranormal, fiction, suspense, gothic, and thriller. My Experience: I started reading The Broken G...
  • Julie
    Mar 19, 2018
    The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a 2018 Berkley publication. Now THIS is my kind of book!! Set in Vermont, alternating between 1950 and 2014, this well rounded thriller, centers around a girl?s only school named Idlewood Hall. During the fifties, this school was wher...
  • Brenda
    Feb 25, 2018
    I was lost in the spooky overgrown weedy brushes of the lush coulee with ten of my Traveling Sisters. This was one of our largest group reads that we have done and it was such a great, fun read. I really enjoyed discussing everyone?s thoughts on this one. Interesting with such a larg...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 05, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Before I begin, let me say I am DEFINITELY the wrongreader here. Deanna and Diane S. and Michelle and Ellen Gail and Jan and Brenda Ayala and MeggieBree have all read it and either 4 or 5 Starred it. So w...
  • Kaceey
    Mar 05, 2018
    3.5* A dark, haunting novel that includes a whopper of a ghost story. When I first sought out this book I had no idea the plotline involved a supernatural element. Had I known, I probably would have just passed on it. And boy, what a shame that would?ve been. In fact, the supernatur...
  • Mary Beth
    Jan 11, 2018
    5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lot more if I Could. Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried underland. She'll say she wants to be your friend. Do not let her in again. The setting is in Vermont. There are rumors that the boarding school Idlewild Hall is haunted. This is a place whe...
  • Deanna
    Sep 05, 2017
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! ?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? Do not let her in again!? I?m no...
  • Dorie
    Feb 01, 2018
    Wow, this book blew me away! It had everything I love in a book, amazing believable characters, smooth flowing prose, mystery within mystery within mystery. The past and present narrative style works wonderfully in this book and I was equally interested in both parts of the book. In...
  • Sarah Joint
    Feb 18, 2018
    A deliciously creepy story that's a bit gothic, heartwrenching, and completely absorbing. Stories involved the supernatural are a hit or miss with me, and I'm glad this one was a hit. The supernatural parts are not overdone at all, enough to be spooky and leave you wanting more, while ...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    Apr 12, 2018
    I hate to give it the ?meh? but that?s how this book was for me. The audio is very good though. Most people enjoyed this book way more than I did so don?t take my word for it. ...
  • Meredith
    Jan 22, 2018
    LOVED! Hauntingly suspenseful read about a former boarding school for ?troubled girls.? There?s something sinister at work in Barrons, Vermont at the abandoned Idlewild Hall. Ghosts have been seen, bodies have been found, and secrets have been long buried. When a journalis...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 17, 2018
    4 eerie, ghostly stars to The Broken Girls! ? ? ? ? The Broken Girls started off with a bang with a dynamically engaging prologue! Was there a ghost right from the start? If you think you do not enjoy ghost stories, I have to say, this one is executed well. Spooky i...
  • Carrie
    Mar 14, 2018
    The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a mystery/thriller read that has supernatural elements to it. Told in alternating timelines from several points of view the books was still easy to follow and one that will captivate the reader on the mystery side but give chills with the ghostly...
  • Holly  B
    Feb 18, 2018
    An eerie ghost story set in Vermont. Two timelines (1950 and 2014) merge to unfold a haunting tale with plenty of spine tingling revelations. A boarding school for troubled girls in 1950, conceals secrets that are begging to be told. The foreboding rhyme of Mary Hand is whispered th...
  • Norma
    Feb 18, 2018
    3.5 stars! The Broken Girls was a quick, entertaining, fast-paced and atmospheric gothic mystery novel that was an enjoyable and satisfying read. I did enjoy the dual storylines, but I thought that the past timeline was a little more interesting than the present one though. I do...
  • Kendall
    Oct 30, 2017
    "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...." What a bloody brilliant story! The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a creepy, chilling, and BOLD ghost story. Oh my gosh... I absolutely lov...
  • Melisa
    Feb 17, 2018
    A seriously atmospheric, creepy, spooky, eerie (seriously, think of a synonym for any of those words and it will fit the bill) tale that will haunt you day and night. I am not one for supernatural books, but this one was SO well done, it had me believing in ghosts by the time I was ...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    Apr 02, 2018
    Idlewild was the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls. Hidden in the backwoods of Vermont, it had only 120 students: illegitimate daughters, first wives? daughters, servants? daughters, immigrant gi...
  • Tammy
    Mar 05, 2018
    I?m weary of thrillers. I?m not a fan of ghost stories. And, bad girls in boarding school has been done to death. Sounds like a recipe for a disappointing read but Broken Girls was a pleasant surprise. The four ?bad? girls in 1950 weren?t bad by today?s standards, in fact t...
  • Michelle
    Mar 07, 2018
    This book was fantastic! Vermont 1950, we follow the story of four roommates at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for wayward girls. Katie, CeCe, Roberta and Sonia bond over the rumors of the haunted hallways and fields surrounding Idlewild Hall. They say Mary Hand haunts the land a...
  • Lindsay
    Feb 19, 2018
    4.5 stars! I loved the gothic and mysterious feel of this gripping novel! From page one, I was drawn into this fascinating story surrounding Idlewild Hall, an old crumbling abandoned girls boarding school. In the 1950?s, an Idlewild Hall student disappeared, leaving for a weekend ...
  • Dennis
    Oct 09, 2017
    What a marvelous and unexpected on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of read! Simon St. James's The Broken Girls is set in Barrons, Vermont, during two different time periods and ultimately merging into one storyline. 1950- In a generation of people affected by the aftermath of World Wa...
  • Lori Lamothe
    Aug 29, 2017
    Superb Gothic Suspense - Highly Recommended Simone St. James? latest novel is indeed about the broken. The abandoned Vermont girls school where the book is set is a crumbling echo chamber, an ominous place rumored to be haunted. Fiona Sheridan, the freelance journalist writing a ...