The Broken Girls

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced.


My Review

I absolutely loved, loved this book! Talk about a powerhouse; author, Simone St. James is one. The only thing "broken" about this book is how heart broken I was that it was over. Really, you guys, I read this book in an hour! I have not done that in a long time. I was totally into this book and spellbound. Everything about it from the beginning, middle, ending, the characters, and the plot was great.

The two time periods were both strong. They melded well together flowing back and forth. Fiona has great journalist instincts. Then getting to know the four girls was lovely. Although, what they had to endure while at Idlewild Hall was terrifying. All I can say is that ghosts do exist and don't underestimate urban legends. I do want to point out that the ending was a high note. There is nothing worse than to read a book only to get a weak ending. I can't wait to see what the author brings next.

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