The Broken Girls – Book Review

by Simone St. James


The Broken Girls book cover

Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Paperback: 336 Pages

If you’re looking for a well-written, full of suspense, and unpredictable novel that will keep you hooked until the last page, The Broken Girls is the right one.

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…


The Broken Girls is a top-notch story penned by Simone St. James, who brilliantly alternates the timelines, creating a thrilling, aura of mystery until the end.

When journalist Fiona Sheridan can finally face the skeletons of her sister’s death, she takes the risk of following that painful path and exploring where Meg died 20 years before, the place that everyone thinks is haunted.

In the 1950s, Idlewild Hall was a boarding school for those considered broken girls, the ones who have been rejected, from their families first and social conventions as well. But for some of them, it’s also the place that shapes a deep friendship and hides an inexplicable loss.

With fantastic twists and turns, a ghostly presence which adds a spooky touch and keeps the curiosity grow, I was thrilled to follow the characters to heal their old scars and finally have the chance to say the last goodbye to the beloved ones.


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