The Broken Girls ~ by Simone St. James: #bookreview

The Broken Girls

My Two Cents

This story is told from dual time periods and multiple POV’s which I LOVE, especially when it includes mystery, historical fiction blended with some paranormal aspects.

I listened to this on Scribd and the audio was fantastic! I was completely submerged in the atmosphere of Vermont in both 1950 and 2014. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the different years in an audio book but that was not the case with this story.

The two stories are set at Idlewild, a boarding school for unruly girls. The school grounds are where two different girls were murdered in the two different years. In addition it is also where the ghost of Mary Hand haunts. Is Mary Hand tied to the murders? Are the murders tied to each other even though they are years apart?

As Fiona is still trying to piece together all the puzzle pieces of her sister Deb’s murder, and find the”real killer” she uncovers unknown history regarding the four girls that were sent there in 1950 and became roommates. Will their history wrap up the loose ends and unanswered questions and give Fiona closure after all these years?

This was a yummy creepy mystery complete with a ghost and a little romance! It hooked me immediately and was written well with vibrant characters.


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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