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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....
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By Anna Landry on 04-13-18
Drama, Suspense, Intrigue and a Ghost
I just finished The Broken Girls after a marathon listen and am sorry to see it end. I am really impressed with this book and enjoyed it immensely. At first, I found it was a little hard to get into, but I pressed on and am so glad I did. After the first few chapters, I was completely drawn into the story, which alternates points of view between November 1950 and a group of friends at Idlewild Boarding School, a repository for troubled teenage girls in small-town Vermont; and November 2014, where Fiona Sheridan, a freelance journalist, has devastating connections to the now abandoned property, and begins an investigation into the past when a mysterious investor buys Idlewild with the goal to renovate and restore the school.
The stories of the girls as students were riveting and heartfelt. Fiona's character grew on me as she latched on doggedly to a crime long in the past that others wanted to forget, and wouldn't let go. Then, there are moments that are genuinely creepy and haunting that I will let the reader discover for themselves.
Overall, a fine novel with good narration, excellent characters and a propensity to grab you and not let go. Very enjoyable and I highly recommend!
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By Alexis on 03-21-18
Outstanding in Every Way!
The Broken Girls is a superb ghost story, perhaps the best and most suspenseful of all Ms. St. James’ novels. Every character springs instantly to life and held my imagination and focus throughout. The settings are equally well drawn and vivid. This is just truly a wonderful listen, well performed. WARNING: Listener beware. I downloaded and started The Broken Girls late in the evening, and it was so compelling that I didn’t sleep a wink all night long! Thank you, Simone St. James. It was a long wait for this novel, but well worth every minute.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful