The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

Simone St. James / Sep 18, 2019

The Broken Girls The clever and wonderfully chilling Fiona Barton suspense novel from the award winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare now in trade paperback Vermont There s a place for the girls

  • Title: The Broken Girls
  • Author: Simone St. James
  • ISBN: The Broken Girls
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  • The clever and wonderfully chilling Fiona Barton suspense novel from the award winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, now in trade paperback 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 local legend says the boarding school is haunted Four r The clever and wonderfully chilling Fiona Barton suspense novel from the award winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, now in trade paperback 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 local legend says the boarding school is haunted Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming until one of them mysteriously disappears.Vermont, 2014 Twenty years ago, journalist Fiona Sheridan s elder sister s body was found in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall And although her sister s boyfriend was tried and convicted of the murder, Fiona can t stop revisiting the events, unable to shake the feeling 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 renovations links the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past and a voice that won t be silenced Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 352 pages Published November 20th 2018 by Berkley Books first published March 20th 2018 More Details Original Title The Broken Girls ISBN 0451489381 ISBN13 9780451489388 Edition Language English setting Vermont United States Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Mystery Thriller 2018 Other Editions 17 All Editions Add a New 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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 not usually one for paranormal ghost stories, but when I read the description for The Broken Girls I was really intrigued I m thrilled to say that this was even better than I expected.Barrons, Vermont November 1950 A young girl has just gotten off a bus She has two choices She can take the normal route or she can cut through the woods to get there faster But cutting through the woods means leaving the safety of the main road Suddenly she turns and sees a figure coming towards her But how is this possible She was the only one who got off the bus.Katie, Ce Ce, Roberta and Sonia are roommates at Ildewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls Over time they have become close friends They bond over their painful life stories They trust and depend on each other.We are given insight into why each broken girl is at Idlewild though chapters from their perspective We learn about their lives and what they ve been through and about the mystery surrounding them all.2014Fiona was seventeen at the time of her sister s murder Twenty years later, unanswered questions continue to plague her Although a man was convicted for her murder and is serving his sentence in a maximum security prison, he has always maintained his innocence And now Idlewild Hall is being restored Why would someone bother re building a place like Idlewild Fiona decides to write about the restoration for the local paper She has strange feelings whenever she is near the property and the old school Is it possible that the rumors about Idlewild being haunted are true Then a shocking discover changes everything Could there be a link between what happened all those years ago and Fiona s sister s murder There are so many secrets surrounding Idlewild and Fiona is determined to find out what those secrets are But could all of her investigating end up putting her in danger The story alternates between 1950 and 2014 The chapters in 2014 are told from Fiona s point of view The chapters in 1950 are from the point of view of the four roommates Though it alternates and there are quite a few different perspectives, I thought it flowed easily back and forth between past and present The Broken Girls was a unique and impressive novel While I did find the beginning of the novel a bit slow, it wasn t long before I was completely caught up in the story It was an engrossing read that really struck a chord with me I ended up reading than half of the book in just a few hours.You can tell that the author has done her research she brings everything together in an excellent way Though some parts are dark and disturbing, I feel the author handled these difficult subjects with respect and sensitivity The Broken Girls was a captivating read that I really enjoyed I m looking forward to reading from Simone St James.Thank you, Berkley Books for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review flag 353 likesLike see review View all 83 comments Jan 11, 2018 Mary Beth Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition 5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lot 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 where girls go who are troublemakers, illegitimate and too smart for their own good Their parents rarely visit them Four roommates are friends and they bond very well until one of them disappears.Fiona Sheridan is a journal 5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lot 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 where girls go who are troublemakers, illegitimate and too smart for their own good Their parents rarely visit them Four roommates are friends and they bond very well until one of them disappears.Fiona Sheridan is a journalist Twenty years ago her sister s body was found lying in the overgrown fields, near the ruins of Idlewood Her sister s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder She keeps revisiting the events surrounding her sister s death Fiona has a strong suspicion that the case isn t what it was made out to be Fiona then finds out that Idlewild Hall is being restored and decides to write a story about it Shockingly she discovers that the renovations link to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past.This is an awesome spooky ghost story plus a great mystery It is so much than your average ghost story If you usually don t like ghost stories, I still think you would like this one It is a Gothic suspense novel and I could just feel the Gothic atmosphere brewing It is of a mystery than horror It didn t really scare me but the secrets were frightening but suspenseful It was also very chilling It hooked me in straight from the beginning and didn t let go until the very end The suspense kept me turning the pages and kept me reading into the earl hours of the morning The story goes back and forth from the past to the present From 1950 to 2014, two stories merge into one There are several twist and turns that gave me surprises that I didn t see coming with a great murder plot The book is very well written and is a character driven novel I just loved some of the characters I recommend this to those who like a Gothic suspense novel.I got this arc on Edelweiss flag 279 likesLike see review View all 120 comments Jan 22, 2018 Meredith rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 journalist begins digging into the dark, dismal history of Idlewild, she exposes a web of corruption and hidden crimes.In the 1950 s four girls were roommates and the best of friends at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled gir 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 journalist begins digging into the dark, dismal history of Idlewild, she exposes a web of corruption and hidden crimes.In the 1950 s four girls were roommates and the best of friends at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls The girls are the closest of friends and rely on each other to survive living in the repressive, gloomy, world of Idlewild When of them goes mysteriously missing, the school believes she has run away, but the friends believe that she was murdered.Switch to 2014 When journalist Fiona Sheridan learns that Idlewild, which had been shut down and abandoned, is going to be restored she is determined to find out , as Fiona has an inherent interest in Idlewild as it is the spot which her murdered sister s body was found 20 years ago The and Fiona digs up about Idlewild, the she puts herself in danger The Broken Girls is an intelligent, well written creepy, atmospheric read that I could not put down There s something about Simone St James writing style that sucked me in I honestly had to force myself to put this book down The characters voices are compelling, and their stories equally interesting I loved the eerie, gothic like atmosphere, and of course Mary Hand s presence kept me on edge There are some paranormal elements, which I normally would have rolled my eyes at, but they serve a purpose and really work in this book I cannot say enough good things about The Broken Girls I might just have to go reread and experience it all over again flag 244 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Meredith Libby wrote Meredith, I really enjoyed this one too Glad you enjoyed it too, Libby Jul 11, 2018 06 47AM Miakorea03 Loved 15 hours, 57 min ago Mar 19, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves berkley, e book, gothic, historical fiction, netgalley, 2018, thrillers, supernatural, suspense, mystery shelf 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 where troubled girls were sent, and where a group of girls forge an unlikely and formidable friendship which would cause a rippling effect for decades to come Over the years, the abandoned school was nothing than an eyesore 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 where troubled girls were sent, and where a group of girls forge an unlikely and formidable friendship which would cause a rippling effect for decades to come Over the years, the abandoned school was nothing than an eyesore, protecting its memories and ghosts from the outside world, its most recent claim to fame being the general location of where Fiona Sheridan s sister was found dead over twenty years ago Now, in present day, 2014, someone has taken an interest in Idlewood, determined to restore the old boarding house, which only intensifies Fiona s obsession over her sister s death She convinces her boss to allow her to do a story about the school s restoration for the magazine she works for While she barely manages to conceal her ulterior motives, the restoration efforts inadvertently led to a shocking discovery, and sends her down a rabbit hole, as she searches, not only for peace of mind concerning her sister s death, but for the answers to a decades old mystery This gloomy, atmospheric thriller enveloped me in its Gothic fog, keeping me utterly riveted and on the edge of my seat from the beginning to end The creepy aura surrounding Fiona s investigation into her sister s death is nail biting suspense at its finest This is a crime drama, thriller, and chiller all rolled into one While the haunting of Idlewood adds a deliciously spooky element to the story, what is truly haunting is the heavy toll that losing a daughter and sister had on Fiona and her family, as well as the ever present feeling of impending doom But, the mystery of the disappearance of one of Idlewood s boarders during the fifties was a story that goes beyond the ghostly rumors It is poignantly sad and infuriating tale, that slowly morphs into an inspirational and touching story of friendship and long overdue closure I have always been a sucker for a good ghost story, mainly because contrary to the creepy, spooky, chilling aspects of hauntings, often than not, ghosts are quite often helpful, or asking for help from the living, to give them long sought after peace, which is a not at all frightening when you look at it from that angle This story is no exception, but I have to tell you, this ghost story packs a powerful punch and is incredibly edgy But, mostly, this story is about solving all the mysteries surrounding two very different types of crimes, with two entirely separate circumstances The author manages to connect the past to the present fluidly, despite the stark differences in themes and urgency While the location and Idlewood provide a physical link, it is really the power of familial love and the enduring bonds of friendship, with a little help from beyond, that brings everyone and everything together in the end This story is evenly paced, giving the well timed twists a great deal of power It is very well written, and embodies everything I love about a good thriller Overall, this was an immensely satisfying read Pulling out all the stars for this one 5 stars flag 229 likesLike see review View all 85 comments Aug 17, 2018 Bern Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult reads, 2018 4 Haunting Stars for The Broken Girls The Broken Girls is part paranormal story, part mystery and I enjoyed how Simone St James blended the two together I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed the ghost aspect of the story The story unfolds via two separate storylines, set decades apart At the center of each storyline stands Idlewild, a home for troubled girls In 1950, a girl gets off a bus and goes missing The only people who are convinced something is wrong are her roommates 4 Haunting Stars for The Broken Girls The Broken Girls is part paranormal story, part mystery and I enjoyed how Simone St James blended the two together I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed the ghost aspect of the story The story unfolds via two separate storylines, set decades apart At the center of each storyline stands Idlewild, a home for troubled girls In 1950, a girl gets off a bus and goes missing The only people who are convinced something is wrong are her roommates Fellow troubled girls, Katie, CeCe and Roberta, know Sonia didn t just run away but no one cares enough to really investigate Years later in 2014, Idlewild is set to be reopened Journalist, Fiona Sheridan is drawn to the land as it is where her older sister was found murdered 20 years before She decides to write about the restoration for a local paper and uncovers so much than she bargained for I was engrossed by the storyline and all its secrets The mysteries of the deaths of these two girls with the added layer of a ghost haunting Idlewild kept me turning the pages I really enjoyed the 1950 s storyline and found each of the girls backstory interesting Their bond was touching and I appreciated their friendship in light of all the hardship they suffered There were several plot twists here and some I definitely didn t see coming The Broken Girls was a suspenseful and haunting read that I thoroughly enjoyed flag 206 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Mar 05, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling group read 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 supernatural slant ended up being my favorite part of the book So even if ghosts tend to scare, like they do for me don t run It blends perfectly into the story.The book is split into two timelines Past and present Intere 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 supernatural slant ended up being my favorite part of the book So even if ghosts tend to scare, like they do for me don t run It blends perfectly into the story.The book is split into two timelines Past and present Interestingly, I was completely captivated by the past timeline and left wanting Versus the present storyline, that I found difficult to stay connected to and felt it just didn t mesh with the feel of the rest of the book Overall I found it to an enjoyable read and would recommend This was a very large and engaging Traveling Sister read Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC to review.For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma s fabulous blog flag 199 likesLike see review View all 72 comments Apr 02, 2018 Navidad Th lamour rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves coming of age, cozy thriller, full review, given to me by publisher, historical fiction, mysteries, read 2018, supernatural, thrillers, women s fiction 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 girls, girls who misbehaved The Broken Girls proved to be a breezy and exciting read in all of the best ways The hooks were there, pulling me further and further into the story until I became one with it Until the hou 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 girls, girls who misbehaved The Broken Girls proved to be a breezy and exciting read in all of the best ways The hooks were there, pulling me further and further into the story until I became one with it Until the hours and pages flew by alike and I realized I d finished it all in one sitting Who isn t intrigued by the thought of throw away girls from a time long ago Simone St James makes her own literary footsteps in shoes she fills well, for The Broken Girls is most definitely Ruth Ware meets Fiona Barton with an American Northeast twist.If that line wasn t enough to tell you exactly what to expect here, I ll elaborate This novel reminded me of an equal cross between and The Widow and The Lying Game from the very start The writing style is very similar fluid and paced so that the read flies by breezily, tinged with intrigue Even the theme of camaraderie among boarding school girls their mischief, their backstories, their own haunting pasts investigated in present day scenes by a character who also has skin in the game, is the same Here, you can even cozy up to the same scenery wide open fields ringed with thickets of trees and old dirt gravel roads of the past These novels were all cut from the same cloth, though they all told their stories in a way of their own.While so many thrillers suffer from too many ideas in the plot, The Broken Girls weaves together a handful of story lines with just the right recipe A chase here, a haunt there a thrilling journey to the end all brought to a boil and served up heartily leaving me full and satisfied in the end None of the story lines felt overpowering or underdeveloped they all fit together hand in hand, seamlessly drawing me back and forth between two periods of time over sixty years apart Because of this skillful flow, St James Girls read at a quick pace, allowing me to immerse myself in the story without interruption That s half the battle with a thriller, right I was most impressed with the handling of the ghost story here in this novel It was brilliantly done, haunting me as it haunted those four girls never overdone or melodramatic, relying on parlor tricks like flashing lights and other theatrics this ghost was a leading lady all her own and deserving of the space she occupied with those pages.As is sometimes a danger with thrillers, I will say that there were a few areas that were obviously formulaic, plucked straight out of the thriller with a villain motif and those couple of sections in the novel made me cringe enough to warrant shaving off a star BUT, the rest of St James The Broken Girls was deftly handled and intricately woven in a way that made me want to come back for I highly recommend this novel for anyone in need of a cozy thriller and for absolutely anyone who has read and loved Ruth Ware or Fiona Barton, because these Broken Girls served up twists than I d expected and intrigue than so many novels of the same genre, scoring an easy and strong 4 stars Thanks to the publicity department at Berkley Penguin Random House for reaching out to me to review this book FOLLOW ME AT The Navi Review Blog Twitter Instagram flag 174 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Feb 17, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle version, ew ew wishlist, arcs, traveling sister reads, 2018 reads 4 eerie, ghostly stars to The Broken Girls The Broken Girls started off with a bang and 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 is done with a light hand, not overdone, even feasible if that s possible for a ghost story The atmosphere is perfectly staged with an old school building featuring tooth shaped windows In Vermont in the 1950s, there s a home fo 4 eerie, ghostly stars to The Broken Girls The Broken Girls started off with a bang and 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 is done with a light hand, not overdone, even feasible if that s possible for a ghost story The atmosphere is perfectly staged with an old school building featuring tooth shaped windows In Vermont in the 1950s, there s a home for wayward throw away girls at Idlewild Hall The local town has rumors that Idlewild is haunted Four girls are sharing a room, and they forge a deep bond that continues to grow until one friend disappears.Also in Vermont, but in 2014, Fiona Sheridan is a journalist obsessed with events around her sister s mysterious death Twenty years prior, she is fond in the fields of Idlewild Hall.It turns out that Idlewild is being restored by someone who does not want to be named, and Fiona decides to write a story about it Fiona discovers something that links her sisters death to other secretsand something you d never expect.Told in dual story lines, past and present, that later converge, I found the past timeline slightly interesting, which featured a boarding school in Vermont for wayward girls in the 1950s I enjoyed the present storyline with Fiona, too, but the former held me captive The girls in the school were each so interesting and likable.Overall, this was a well written, atmospheric, spooky ghost story, and one I enjoyed immensely It s the perfect read for this time of year, to cozy up with a blanket and fall into a story.Thanks to Berkley for the complimentary ARC All opinions are my own.My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 171 likesLike see review View all 74 comments Feb 17, 2018 Melisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, thriller, paranormal, edelweiss 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 finished So well done, in fact, that I went and bought this author s entire back catalogue of titles Mary Hand is a fascinating character and her powers are definitely unique I loved her storyline, and would have en 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 finished So well done, in fact, that I went and bought this author s entire back catalogue of titles Mary Hand is a fascinating character and her powers are definitely unique I loved her storyline, and would have enjoyed learning about her history I thoroughly enjoyed this dual timeline story, I think this structure worked really well for this book I was totally invested in these characters and couldn t wait to find out what happened to them On a side note, I was in the car while waiting to pick up my kiddos from school, and a dear friend banged on my window to scare me, and I just happened to be reading this book Let s just say I screamed like crazy This was a Traveling Sisters read and I thoroughly enjoyed the thoughts brought to the table by my friends A very enjoyable experience Advance copy provided by Edelweiss thank you flag 155 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Oct 01, 2018 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller etc, halloween reads, library book I thought it was great Happy First Of October Mel flag 138 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Oct 30, 2017 Kendall rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley approved, favorites, 2018 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 loved how Simone created a mystery within a paranormal ghost story I have read previous novels where authors have tried to create a paranormal feel to the mystery thriller and it failed miserably but wow I am utterly 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 loved how Simone created a mystery within a paranormal ghost story I have read previous novels where authors have tried to create a paranormal feel to the mystery thriller and it failed miserably but wow I am utterly impressed with Simone s talent.What can I say about this novel Plain and simple READ it Idlewild Hall is a boarding school for girls that are troublemakers or as you can say the leftovers Idlewild is located in Vermont and is rud to be haunted by a woman in a black veiled dress Katie, Sonia, Cece, and Roberta are roommates at Idlewild Hall who bond over this mysterious lady in black and the strange things that start happening at Idlewild until Sonia mysteriously vanishes without a trace in 1950.20 years later journalist Fiona Sheridan can t stop thinking about her older sister s death Twenty years ago, Fiona s sister s body was found lying in the field of Idlewild Hall Her sister s boyfriend has been found guilty and is serving time in prison But, Fiona can t let her sister s case go and something isn t adding up Is the death of her sister somehow linked to the missing girl Sonia in 1950 What secrets are being hidden about Idlewild Hall Is Vermont hiding something sinister about these mysterious girls that keep going missing Simone does an amazing job with characterization and depth of illustration in this novel I could not get enough of the beautiful writing and details in this creepy and chilling ghost story I highly recommend this novel Overall, 4.5 stars for this addicting read Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for an advanced arc in exchange for an honest review Expected publication date 3 20 18 flag 136 likesLike see review View all 65 comments Jul 17, 2018 megs_bookrack rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs read The Broken Girls by Simone St James is pretty much perfection in my opinion This book exceeded my expectations in every way possible I went into this knowing two things prep school for girls mystery Upon reading, I pleasantly discovered there is a lot to this story than that The novel is replete with a gothic atmosphere that transports you in time and space into the story It is the perfect blend of mystery thriller with extra special paranormal goodness sprinkled the whole way thro The Broken Girls by Simone St James is pretty much perfection in my opinion This book exceeded my expectations in every way possible I went into this knowing two things prep school for girls mystery Upon reading, I pleasantly discovered there is a lot to this story than that The novel is replete with a gothic atmosphere that transports you in time and space into the story It is the perfect blend of mystery thriller with extra special paranormal goodness sprinkled the whole way through The main portion of the story alternates back and forth between 1950 and 2014, following different girls and women in and around Barrens, Vermont, and importantly Idlewilde Hall I do not want to say too much about the plot, as I wouldn t want to risk giving anything away to potential readers Just know this, I put off reading this book for many months I don t know why I can t explain it It just kept getting shuffled down the ole tbr Now, I can say, I am physically distraught at not having read this as soon as I got it Admittedly, that may be taking it a little far but I do wish I would have picked it up immediately Honestly, I do not have even one constructive criticism of this story Thus, this will be a very short review This book is incredible This book wants you to read it This book will keep you up nights after READ IT Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy to review I apologize to you and myself that I didn t get to it until now I am even going to run out and buy myself a copy so that I may read it again and share it with others, I love it that much flag 134 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Dec 27, 2017 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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, journalist Fiona Sheridan, daughter of a famous journalist, is still looking for solid information on the murder of her sister twenty years earlier, even though Deb s boyfriend was convicted and has been imprison 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, journalist Fiona Sheridan, daughter of a famous journalist, is still looking for solid information on the murder of her sister twenty years earlier, even though Deb s boyfriend was convicted and has been imprisoned since her body was found in a field at Idlewood Hall in a remote part of Vermont In 1950, we get to meet four roommates, girls abanoned because they were born outside of marriage or they re orphans or their parents just didn t know how to deal with the challenges of raising a spirited daughter, especially at a time when we don t have the knowledge about mental health that we do now and therefore it was shameful to not be sunny and agreeable at all times if you were female I loved these four fifteen year old girls When one of them goes missing, neither the police nor the teachers do much to investigate She s a throwaway girl Her friends, however, know that she was murdered because she d never run away.Fiona s search for the truth makes for an intriguing and enjoyable mystery I really liked this book, which RELEASES MARCH 20, 2018.Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.For of my reviews, please visit flag 126 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Feb 22, 2018 Diane S rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read 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 current times, body found on school grounds and a sister who wants answers Now a wealthy woman is undertaking a renovation of the school, opening and exposing old secrets Oh yes, and we must forget the ghost The atmosphere, spooky, gothic, tense, the definite sta 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 current times, body found on school grounds and a sister who wants answers Now a wealthy woman is undertaking a renovation of the school, opening and exposing old secrets Oh yes, and we must forget the ghost The atmosphere, spooky, gothic, tense, the definite star of this novel Fast paced, quite a page turner, constant revelations Did like the past story than the present one, which is often the case with these dual storylines the atmosphere though kept me immersed, and in fact found this entertaining, until the last quarter where it just became too muddled Too much happening, too many coincidences thrown in the mix, and then the writing faltered Hence, my rating which for most of the book would have been higher just for the enjoyment factor This was a sisters read, one which we all enjoyed in varying levels Quite a good discussion ensuedC from Netgalley flag 129 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Feb 18, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads 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 interesting than the present one though I do love a good ghost story and the supernatural and I definitely thought the author delivered a spooky read here, but for some reason when I was reading this novel, I wasn t overly impressed with the author s prose though so 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 interesting than the present one though I do love a good ghost story and the supernatural and I definitely thought the author delivered a spooky read here, but for some reason when I was reading this novel, I wasn t overly impressed with the author s prose though so that really affected my total enjoyment for this novel I was the only one from the Traveling Sisters that was reading this that had a problem with that though so I still absolutely recommend this novel Update Thank you so much to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group, and Simone St James for also providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the advanced copy of this book Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readinghttps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.Where I live I am surrounded by Coulees flag 123 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Feb 01, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, netgalley feedback, mystery thriller, literature 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 Barrons, Vermont there was a private school called Idlewild Hall for troubled girls This could range from those who had suffered mental and emotional trauma, girls that just didn t fit the right mold, girls fathere 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 Barrons, Vermont there was a private school called Idlewild Hall for troubled girls This could range from those who had suffered mental and emotional trauma, girls that just didn t fit the right mold, girls fathered by someone who wanted to hide these other offsprings to just girls who didn t behave in the way their parents wanted.In the 1950 s there were four very special girls who, living as roommates, struck up a friendship as a way to survive this horrible school and the constant repressive and stagnant nature of teaching The girls, Cece, Katie, Sonia and Roberta have at one time or another spotted the rud ghost of Idlewild hall, a mysterious lady veiled, and in black dress They also hear her say things to them which is personal to each of them When one of them goes missing, the others try to solve the mystery.Flash to 20 years later and the long vacant school and property have been purchased and is rud to be planned to reopen as a school once again A young journalist, Fiona Sheridan, is grief stricken at the this thought Her older sister had been found strangled in the field by the school, her boyfriend being found guilty of the crime and currently in jail.Some things just aren t adding up for Fiona and with the help of her policeman boyfriend and fellow journalist she starts to dig and dig for information about her sister s death and also the person who has purchased the land and why.There was never a dull moment in this book, I really didn t want to stop reading The characters were all beautifully well developed and I cared about all of them I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful, brilliantly written book that will keep you guessing until the satisfying end.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you flag 116 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Feb 19, 2018 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling sister read 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 family visit, never to return Almost fifty years later, a local girl is left dead in the open field surrounding the abandoned property of Idlewild Hall, the school having closed down decades prior Add into the story th 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 family visit, never to return Almost fifty years later, a local girl is left dead in the open field surrounding the abandoned property of Idlewild Hall, the school having closed down decades prior Add into the story the numerous sightings of Mary Hand, a ghost known to haunt the property The novel is presented in dual timelines which flowed perfectly We meet four roommates living in Idlewild Hall in the 1950 s I loved each and every one of them In 2014, we follow freelance journalist Fiona Sheridan on a trail to uncover long buried secrets hidden at Idlewild Hall which has now been purchased and is in the midst of being renovated I found this novel to be extremely well written, addictively suspenseful and chillingly atmospheric This was a Traveling Sister Read and we all enjoyed it To find this review along with the other Traveling Sister Read reviews, please visit Norma and Brenda s fabulous blog at big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley and Simone St James for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review Expected Date of Publication March 20, 2018 flag 120 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Feb 18, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves enjoyed the setting, read in 2018, teacher character 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 through the walls One of the four bonded roommates disappears and the others are left afraid and worried for their friend.It s 2014 and Fiona has questions about her sisters murder, although it has been twenty years He 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 through the walls One of the four bonded roommates disappears and the others are left afraid and worried for their friend.It s 2014 and Fiona has questions about her sisters murder, although it has been twenty years Her body was found nearby the school and she has some of her own suspicions.What is the story behind Idlewild Hall, Mary Hand, and Fiona s sister Is it too late for the truth to be revealed I enjoyed this spooky, atmospheric read and the images of Idlewild Hall that the author s descriptions conjured up I wanted to know about Mary Hand and I was expecting the end to be a bit electrifying, but still one you won t want to miss Enjoy flag 118 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Apr 12, 2018 Jennifer Masterson rated it liked it review of another edition 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 than I did so don t take my word for it flag 129 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Mar 18, 2018 Carol Bookaria rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, favorites, fiction, mistery thriller, netgalley, netgalley 2018, top 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 intriguing, the school grounds are said to be haunted On the 2014 timeline we have Fiona, whose sister was murdered twenty years ago and dumped on Idlewild Fiona is still struggling with her sister s murder and she becomes un 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 intriguing, the school grounds are said to be haunted On the 2014 timeline we have Fiona, whose sister was murdered twenty years ago and dumped on Idlewild Fiona is still struggling with her sister s murder and she becomes unsettled when she learns those grounds are being restored Fiona starts an investigation and we take a thrilling journey with her The story is narrated by multiple characters and the timeline alternates between the 1950s and 2014 I had a great time with this book, it was engaging, thrilling, and a pleasure to read The novel has elements of mystery, thriller, history and female friendship Overall, I loved it and highly recommend it to readers of historical and contemporary fiction, mysteries and thrillers I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley flag 105 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Feb 18, 2018 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling sisters 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 , while being easy to imagine I actually jumped at some point when my reading was rudely interrupted by a knock This story has two timelines, 1950 and 2014 I found the older to be my style, but they were both inter 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 , while being easy to imagine I actually jumped at some point when my reading was rudely interrupted by a knock This story has two timelines, 1950 and 2014 I found the older to be my style, but they were both interesting to read In 1950, Idlewild Hall is a home for girls Whether they just didn t have family or their family didn t want them or couldn t handle them, it s a place girls can be sent and practically forgotten about They re all damaged and hurt in their own way, though some put on a front The girls of 4C and formed a special bond They have many differences, but they look out for each other and care for each other They have a lot to deal with not only their checkered pasts, but life at the boarding schoolAnd then there s Mary Hand Mary Hand is something of a legend among generations of Idlewild Girls Many have claimed to see her Some have heard her speak Some have been shown things One thing is for sure once you meet the ghost in black that haunts the grounds, you will never forget her Ack What was that I think I just got scared of my own GIF AnywayIn 2014, the dilapidated school and grounds have been purchased after many years sitting empty and alone The town usually gives it a wide berth Not only does it just give one a bad feeling, twenty years ago the body of a young woman was found there Journalist Fiona Sheridan lost her big sister that night, and she s never been able to let it go When she learns the school is going to be rebuilt and no doubt games will be played on the very spot where her sister once lay, she gets the idea to write a story about it She feels the need to learn about the place where her sister died.This was a really enjoyable read and a great book to read with the Traveling Sisters I found it to be captivating and had a lot of fun trying to guess where it was going Definitely recommended to anyone looking for a mystery that s emotional and a bit spooky I received an ARC of this book from Berkley and Edelweiss, thank you My review is honest and unbiased. flag 103 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Feb 25, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 large group we ended up in the same coulee but were split into different sides of the coulee The Broken Girls is a creepy gothic, suspenseful, supernatural thriller that pulled us deep into the weedy brushes along with 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 large group we ended up in the same coulee but were split into different sides of the coulee The Broken Girls is a creepy gothic, suspenseful, supernatural thriller that pulled us deep into the weedy brushes along with this interesting and entertaining story We all settled in under the sun and soon things started to get a little dark Our hair started rising as shivers ran up our backs as the wind howled down on us in the coulee Simone St James does a good job creating an interesting atmospheric setting here with the vivid descriptions of Idlewild Hall a creepy, eerie abandoned boarding school that was like a character itself We all enjoyed exploring the ruins along with Fiona and the eerie feeling it left us We loved being taken into the past when the school was open to troubled girls and we meet four interesting damaged girls all with their own conflict We learn their dark and tragic backstories and this became the favorite of the two timelines for us Simone St James does a good job balancing a mystery with the supernatural that surprised some of us with how much we enjoyed the ghost story to this one Things got really quiet amongst us as we learned of the ghost that haunts the school and at times all that could be heard was the faint sound of I will survive playing from the coulee Towards the end is where we started to split into different sides of the coulee For some of the TS, there was just too much going on in this story for them and they felt it didn t pull together well enough to leave them completely satisfied For me and the rest of the TS we thought everything tied together well and we were completely satisfied in the end We highly recommend Publishing Date March 20, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Simone St James for a copy to read and review All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog flag 102 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Apr 27, 2018 Dem rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorites, historical fiction 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 in Idlewild Hall, an old abandoned boarding school in rural Vermont I am a sucker for gothic or modern gothic style stories and throw in an old abandoned Manor or Boarding school with a mysterious past and a haunti 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 in Idlewild Hall, an old abandoned boarding school in rural Vermont I am a sucker for gothic or modern gothic style stories and throw in an old abandoned Manor or Boarding school with a mysterious past and a haunting tale and you got me from page one.I enjoyed the suspense with this one and couldn t wait to pick it up each evening and loved how the story is told in two time frames 1950s 2014 which works perfectly for this story.Great characters that well interesting and likable and a couple of them I am having a hard time parting company with now that the book is over I think readers who enjoy novel s like the or kate Morton s The House at Riverton may well enjoy The Broken Girls.A solid 4 Stars from me on this one and look forward to other books by this author flag 98 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Feb 20, 2018 Marialyce rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling sisters 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 satisfying conclusion What better way to get rid of a daughter, a young girl, or a family problem, than to shut her away in a boarding school far from others and seldom visit or even care about her The girls we meet are 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 satisfying conclusion What better way to get rid of a daughter, a young girl, or a family problem, than to shut her away in a boarding school far from others and seldom visit or even care about her The girls we meet are just such girls, not wanted by their families, considered problems, destined to be hidden among the somewhat ruins of a dilapidated school that has a history of a young woman s ghost haunting its environs These four young girls carry secrets, things done to them that they had no control over and when one of them goes missing, their lives are irreparably changed.This book follows two time spans, one fifty years ago where we meet four of the girls at Idlewild Hall and one in the present We met Fiona Sheridan whose sister was murdered and left on the grounds of the now abandoned Idlewild School grounds in 1994 Unable to ever forget what happened to her sister, Fiona, becomes involved once again when a mysterious benefactor decides to rebuild the school Fiona, a small town reporter, decides to write a story about the school and events take a macabre and sinister turn as Fiona and her boyfriend, a local policeman, become involved in the stoy of the girls from fifty years ago What happened at Idlewild Hall and who was this Mary Hand who seems to haunt the grounds, the buildings and the lives of those who traverse the environs of this school both now and in the past What happened to her sister and is the man who is in prison for her murder the real killer This was a wonderful thriller that possessed all the elements to make it so Ms St James has created a book that combines the ideas of murder, eerie surroundings, and a ghost to make a truly mysterious and scary novel I recommend it most highly to those who want to read such a well constructed story that will have you turning pages into the dead of the night.Thank you to the author, the publisher, and Edelweiss for providing this reader with an ARC of a most thrilling read flag 96 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Mar 05, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 they weren t bad at all Mostly, these girls were shuttled off to a crumbling and severe boarding school to shield their parents from embarrassment and then a student goes missing Everyone was afraid at Idlewild Hall even the 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 they weren t bad at all Mostly, these girls were shuttled off to a crumbling and severe boarding school to shield their parents from embarrassment and then a student goes missing Everyone was afraid at Idlewild Hall even the teachers but why and of what The first few chapters truly made me uneasy and I was grateful to enter 2014 where a journalist is beginning to delve into the reconstruction of dilapidated Idlewild Hall which happens to be the location of her sister s murder in 1994 Is the man in prison for her murder really the murderer And exactly what happened to the missing girl in 1950 The answers may surprise you flag 100 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Oct 17, 2018 Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it it was amazing review of another edition I enjoyed this SO MUCH MORE than I expected to Wow What a surprisingly spooky read Definitely going to add a million Simone St James books to my tbr now bc I think I m obsessed flag 93 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 26, 2018 Berit rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, 2018, book besties, net galley A haunting mystery filled with the perfect amount of chills and thrills Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried under land She ll say she wants to be your friend Do not let her in again.This book was a bit of a genre potpourri a dose of mystery, a measure of thriller,a shot of historical fiction, a sprinkling of the paranormal, and a pinch of romance All these genres were blended seamlessly creating one heck of a book This book definitely caught me by surprise, I really was not expecting t A haunting mystery filled with the perfect amount of chills and thrills Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried under land She ll say she wants to be your friend Do not let her in again.This book was a bit of a genre potpourri a dose of mystery, a measure of thriller,a shot of historical fiction, a sprinkling of the paranormal, and a pinch of romance All these genres were blended seamlessly creating one heck of a book This book definitely caught me by surprise, I really was not expecting to like it quite as much as I did I was completely entranced by the words on the pages throughout this entire book bravo Simone St James The story was told from duel timeperiods and multiple points of view this was done flawlessly, there was never any confusion as to time or perspective something about Miss St James writing just transported me completely to 1950 and 2014 Vermont.1950 four roommates, for misfits sent away to boarding school at Idlewild Hall when one of them goes missing, the other three are the only ones convinced that there was foul play at work what I loved about this part of the story is we got all four of the girls perspectives, and really got to know them and their backstories The bond that forms between these girls was unbreakable, kind of ironic when the world saw them as broken three smart savvy girls determined to seek justice for their friend2014 Fiona is still haunted by the murder of her older sister Deb still uncertain that the right person was convicted of The crime and still drawn to Idlewild Hall where her sister s body was found when somebody begins to renovate Idlewild Fiona is driven to write a story about the renovation but as she begins to dig into the history of Idlewild she finds herself with questions than answers what I love most about this part of the story was Fiona herself, she was so fierce and determined, I could just feel her love for her sister coming off the pages Two very different stories woven together with threads of Idlewild Hall, Family, friendship, love, and a ghost I really enjoyed both storylines equally I was mesmerized by the past and compelled by the present so many twists and turns that took me by surprise so many times during this book I found myself literally sitting on the edge of my seat all the characters in this book were so well developed, so real, I felt as though I would know them if they were walking down the street although I must admit Fiona was my favorite, I really had a soft spot for her and really wanted her romance with Jamie to work out Don t panic if you don t like romance, this was a very small part of the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it A captivating and compelling story that I would absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good thriller Don t let the ghost scare you off A huge thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book flag 94 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Mar 04, 2018 Book of Secrets rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 a tiny Vermont town In the past, four teenage girls attend a local boarding school for troubled girls called Idlewild Hall when one goes missing in the present, a journalist named Fiona investigates the death of her si 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 a tiny Vermont town In the past, four teenage girls attend a local boarding school for troubled girls called Idlewild Hall when one goes missing in the present, a journalist named Fiona investigates the death of her sister whose body was found on Idlewild s abandoned property two decades earlier Fiona agrees to write an article on the restoration of Idlewild when it s purchased by a mysterious buyer During renovations, a shocking discovery pulls Fiona into the unsolved case of the missing girl Will it also lead her to answers about her own sister s death This was an atmospheric and creepy read, with some definite chilling moments Like many Gothic novels, the house, Idlewild, was a haunted, complex character itself, and the tale of its resident ghost was heartbreaking The mystery was complicated, and I enjoyed how the well researched historical elements were woven into it I love Simone St James storytelling, and I d recommend this book to anyone who likes a spooky story full of emotion and depth.Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 94 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 14, 2018 Carrie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 elements.In 2014, Fiona Sheridan is a journalist who was once touched by tragedy when the body of her sister was found Her sister s boyfriend at the time was tried and convicted of the murder but Fiona has never 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 elements.In 2014, Fiona Sheridan is a journalist who was once touched by tragedy when the body of her sister was found Her sister s boyfriend at the time was tried and convicted of the murder but Fiona has never thought the details sounded right and has always questioned just what happened that horrific night.When Fiona finds out that the nearby Idlewild Hall is going to be restored she decides to run a piece on the property that was once a boarding school for troubled teen girls There have always been rumors and ghost stories flying around about the property and now with the current renovations a discovery has been made that sends Fiona s investigation back to the past.In 1950 at Idlewild Hall four of the troubled girls that reside at the school bond together and become friends Katie, Sonia, Cece, and Roberta have heard about the mysterious lady in black that is supposed to haunt the grounds of Idlewild Hall but then one of the girls goes missing and the adults are writing her off as a runaway.The writing within The Broken Girls was wonderful and it didn t take long to become fully engrossed in the story The changing timelines and alternating points of view were easily followed as the layers of the story unfolded Whether one believes in ghosts or things that go bump in the night or not this is sure to be one that will still entertain readers from beginning to end When finished I d definitely recommend checking out the haunting mystery.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 85 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Feb 23, 2018 Jasmine from How Useful It Is rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves from publisher, thrillers 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 Girls on 2 11 18 and finished it on 2 23 18 This book is a fantastic and thrilling read right from the first page I literally bite my teeth and take shallow breaths as I devour the pages in this story I couldn t put 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 Girls on 2 11 18 and finished it on 2 23 18 This book is a fantastic and thrilling read right from the first page I literally bite my teeth and take shallow breaths as I devour the pages in this story I couldn t put down every time I pick up this book and I m angry that this month I couldn t read in peace because there is always something that needed my attention I like finding out the secrets of each characters I like the mystery and suspense The bit of ghost story really got my heart racing I like the two timelines I love the friendships I like how radio was the thing to be cherished of the past.This book is set in Barrons, Vermont, told in the third person point of view following Katie, Roberta, Cece, and Sonia in 1950 and Fiona in 2014 The four girls are all 15 years old and they are roommates at Idlewild Hall, a last resort boarding school for girls One thing that keep them up at night is the ghost story about Mary Hand and their friendship There is a rumor that the school is haunted by Mary Hand and past students jot down their own experiences with her in school textbooks for future students Each of the four girls has their own dark secrets that placed them at the school In the present day, Fiona, a journalist is writing a story about Idlewild Hall because Margaret Eden wanted to restore the abandoned school Fiona s grief over the murder of her sister Deb from 20 years ago is always alive because her body was found on the sports field of the school Even though Deb s boyfriend is charged for her murder, Fiona just couldn t figure out how he could ve done it She too had heard of the school being haunted but never believed it As the construction begins to restore the school, Fiona scored an interview with the owner s son Anthony, to tour the school for her news article As they were touring the school grounds, another body was discovered Soon, a whole web of secrets are to be unraveled.This book is very well written I like the history and the background of each character I feel for each character and they all are unique I resemble Cece because big fat tears fall down my cheeks as I read Sonia s background I like Fiona and how she doesn t give up despite people around her seems to do so I like her chase to find the answer and her commitment to learn the truth I feel tense and thrill reading this book Every chapter kept me hooked and it was hard for me to put it down I love the ending I love the prologue and epilogue I love the big reveal This book is an excellent thriller and I highly recommend everyone to read it Pro fast paced, page turner, thrilling, boarding school, ghost story, suspense, chilling, mystery, secrets, friendshipCon noneI rate it 5 stars Disclaimer Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo, Jasmine at howusefulitis.wordpress for details flag 78 likesLike see review View all 4 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Around the Year i The Broken Girls, by Simone St James 10 45 Jan 05, 2019 07 39PM The Perks Of Bein The Broken Girls by Simone St James October 2018 24 105 Dec 31, 2018 10 03AM Bound Together Members Choice Karen Broken Girls 36 64 Dec 31, 2018 09 59AM Play Book Tag The Broken Girls Simone St James 4 stars 3 13 Dec 19, 2018 07 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    The Broken Girls by Simone St James 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 Broken Girls Simone St The Broken Girls mixes a creepy supernatural tale with a gripping mystery It also works well as a story about unshakeable friendship, parenting issues, obsession and sexism folded into a satisfying plot that straddles two eras of time Associated Press The Broken Girls by Simone St James, Paperback Barnes Overall, The Broken Girls is an intelligent, unique, skillfully crafted page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page and will ultimately leave you chilled, surprised, satisfied and thoroughly entertained. Book Review THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St James THE BROKEN GIRLS is a strong suspense novel with or without its supernatural element the story s ghost simply adds a little touch of imagination and chills to The Broken Girls by Simone St James PenguinRandomHouse About The Broken Girls The clever and wonderfully chilling Fiona Barton suspense novel from the award winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, now in The Broken Girls by Simone St James All About Romance The Broken Girls is a dual timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back on, and the mysteries that surround those who live there The story hops back and forth between the s and present day Vermont, so fans of historical fiction definitely have something to look forward to. The Broken Girls Simone St James 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. The Broken Girls Discussion Questions litlovers Our Reading Guide for The Broken Girls by Simone St James includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Book Reviews, Plot Summary Synopsis and Author Bio. The Broke Girlz YouTube BIG TRY ON HAUL POUR GROSSES DAMES Hiver Manteaux, Sneakers, Talons, Pulls, THE BROKE GIRLZ Duration minutes. Broke Girls Broke Girls is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September , to April , The series was produced for Warner Bros Television and created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings Set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, the show s plot follows the lives of friends Max Black and Caroline Channing Whereas Caroline was raised as the

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        Simone St James is the award winning author of The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full time Simone St James is the award winning author of The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full time She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat


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    1. My reviews can also be seen at 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 not usually one for paranormal ghost stories, but when I read the description for The Broken Girls I was really intrigued I m thrilled to say that this was even better than I expected.Barrons, Vermont November 1950 A young girl has just gotte


    2. 5 SHINY STARS, I would give a lot 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 where girls go who are troublemakers, illegitimate and too smart for their own good Their parents rarely visit them Four roommates are friends and they bond very well until one of them disappears.Fiona Sheridan is a journal 5 SHINY STA [...]


    3. 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 journalist begins digging into the dark, dismal history of Idlewild, she exposes a web of corruption and hidden crimes.In the 1950 s four girls were roommates and the best of friends at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled gir LOVED [...]


    4. 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 where troubled girls were sent, and where a group of girls forge an unlikely and formidable friendship which would cause a rippling effect for decades to come Over the years, the abandoned school was nothing than an eyesore The Broken [...]


    5. 4 Haunting Stars for The Broken Girls The Broken Girls is part paranormal story, part mystery and I enjoyed how Simone St James blended the two together I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed the ghost aspect of the story The story unfolds via two separate storylines, set decades apart At the center of each storyline stands Idlewild, a home for troubled girls In 1950, a girl gets off a bus and goes missing The only people who are convinced something is wrong are her roomm [...]


    6. 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 supernatural slant ended up being my favorite part of the book So even if ghosts tend to scare, like they do for me don t run It blends perfectly into the story.The book is split into two timelines Past and present Intere 3.5 A dark [...]


    7. 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 girls, girls who misbehaved The Broken Girls proved to be a breezy and exciting read in all of the best ways The hooks were there, pulling me further and further into the story until I became one with it Until [...]


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