Synopsis from Berkley Publishing:
A breakout 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. . . .
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. According to the publisher’s website, “Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction. Science fiction/fantasy imprint Ace is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the U.S., and Berkley Prime Crime was the first imprint in the country dedicated to cozy mysteries.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
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 like Jamie and the little bit of romance. 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, friendship
I rate it 5 stars!
Simone St. James is the award-winning author of An Inquiry into Love and Death 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 in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat. (Photo and Info obtained from Penguin Website).
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