Synopsis and Details:
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. . . .
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror | Release Date: March 20, 2018 | Publisher: Berkley Books | Pages: 336 | ISBN: 978-0451476203 | ASIN: B0738KSJ8F | Format: ARC | Source: Edelweiss+
Review with Rating:
The prologue of The Broken Girls grabbed my interest right away because I was wondering what the heck was going on and then the idea of a wraith like person being behind it, oh heck yeah. This story transitions between a narrative from the year 1950 to the year 2014 all taking place in a small town in Vermont. In the beginning it took me a bit to get into the story because of the back and forth with multiple points of view but once the groundwork was laid the story just flowed. There was a paranormal presence in this story that was a little terrifying and had me asking myself if nighttime was the best time to continue this story, but I persevered.
I cannot say enough about the setting for this story and the details in both the past and the present which made it come alive. I could clearly see the setting as the Author intended and it filled me with dread to consider what it must have been like for the occupants of Idlewild Hall. What a miserable place the girls had to live in! There was also the tension and conflict that surrounded the murder of the main character’s sister that kept the story moving right along. Trying to see if there was a connection between the past and present while searching out what really happened to Fiona’s sister added to the overall ‘could not put it down’ feeling that I had!
This was a superb suspense filled thriller that revealed all its secrets bit by bit. There was a romance element to this story but it only added a delicious conflict to the story and did not detract from it at all. As the story developed I was drawn in further and further and really found myself liking all the characters. At the start of the story I was not all that into the 1950’s character’s but the end I wanted the story to continue because they were wonderful! This was the first novel that I read from Author Simone St. James and it will not be the last! The Broken Girls is a page-turner that is chilling, mysterious, and captivating. I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy as soon as it hits the shelves!
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & Berkley Publishing Group for this eARC of The Broken Girls*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.