The Broken Girls

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The Broken Girls, double stories of mysteries on the grounds of a girl's school built in the early part of the 20th century and bought to be rebuilt in the 21st.  The characters draw you in to their lives and their pursuit to solve the mysteries surrounding people close to them.  Fiona searches for answers to her sister's murder, while Katherine, Cece and Roberta search for the story behind the disappearance of their friend Sonia.  Does the appearance of Mary Hand, a figure in black hold the clues?
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4.5 stars.

Seamlessly weaving between 2014 and 1950, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a beguiling mystery with a ghostly element.

In 1950, Idlewild Hall is a boarding school for troubled girls. Roommates Katie Winthrop, CeCe Frank, Sonia Gallipeau and Roberta Greene are close friends who are quite protective of one another. They have each experienced the supernatural phenomena of the resident ghost Mary Hand but they, like others before them, do not tell anyone what they see during these encounters.

In 2014, thirty seven year old journalist Fiona Sheridan is still grieving the loss of her sister Deb who was murdered twenty years earlier. Deb’s boyfriend Tim Christopher was...

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this is a really clever and totally creepy book. not a ton of twists maybe but some of the best theme work I’ve seen in a thriller and did I mention it’s sort of terrifying on both a simple and existential level? this was a very excellent book please read it

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This book has it all, thrills, chills, suspense, and of course drama.  Highly recommend to anyone looking for a book that will give them chills like a haunted house but while riding a roller coaster.  A must read for thriller and horror lovers.  The ending makes you happy, but there's many emotions in between.
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3.5 A storyline fifty years apart. A deserted school for girls, a school that in the fifties, housed girls that had problems. Four become fast friends, and then one goes missing never forgotten, but never seen again. A murder in more current times, body found on school grounds and a sister who wants answers. Now a wealthy woman is undertaking a renovation of the school, opening and exposing old secrets. Oh yes, and we must forget the ghost!!

The atmosphere, spooky, gothic, tense, the definite star of this novel. Fast paced, quite a page turner, constant revelations. Did like the past story more than the present one, which is often the case with these dual storylines. the atmosphere though...

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"The Broken Girls" is a story from 2014 that intersects with a mystery from 1950 both set in the same Vermont small town. The story slowly becomes a good old-fashioned ghost story to make it even more exciting. The book is filled with interesting characters. You make quick judgements on the characters that change as the story progresses. The women are all strong-willed survivors. The story keeps you guessing and moves back and forth from 1950 and 2014 as all the questions are answered. Thanks for a great story Ms. St. James.
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This is a dark, creepy, atmospheric story!

This story’s synopsis is perfect. It doesn’t offer too much or too little information. So in an effort to not be repetitive I will spare you my own synopsis. I was first drawn to the cover of this book and was looking forward to a creepy mystery. Throw in a bit of historical fiction and I was darn right excited to read this book!

This story follows the famous alternating time period layout. As this story progresses in each time period, 1950 and 2014, the mystery thickens and becomes increasingly more complicated.

I found the friendship of Idlewild Hall roommates CeCe, Katie, Sonia, and Roberta quite fascinating. It is 1950 and these four girls...

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1950 was not an easy time for teenage girls who didn't fit a specific mold. Put a group of these girls in an isolated boarding school that might be haunted, and you have an irresistible setting. In this same Vermont town, 54 years later, we have a different young woman living an entirely different kind of life. The way these characters' lives intersect and entwine is a fascinating, complex, well-told story.

While I loved the last half of this book, I had some problems in the early stages. We have the two timelines, plus the murder of Fiona's sister, which occurred between these two timelines. Four of the schoolgirls from the 1950 timeline have narrating parts, and then there...

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Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.

The Broken Girls is everywhere on social media right now as one of this month's Book of the Month choices, and definitely seems a worthy pick. This book has been beckoning me since November when I was approved to read it on Netgalley, but I haven't had a chance to fit it in until now. Based on the blurb alone, I knew this would be an interesting story, but it ended up being so much more than I expected.

Torn between four and five stars, I decided to round up because of Simone St. James' clever and deep plotting. There are numerous layers to the story, slowly fed to eager readers...

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Mix a little paranormal woo-woo with a murder-mystery and you'll hook me. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James did just that but the icing on the cake was Idlewild Hall, a gothic, menacing looking boarding school that once was home to troubled girls in the 1900's. Hells yes. St. James pulled me in as she shared pov from present-day 2014 and those of students in 1950.  Turn on the light and grab a cup of cocoa before settling into this story.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for ARC.

I honestly love a good mystery and paranormal book every now and again. So, when I read the description for The Broken Girls through BOTM I was intrigued. Happily I found it was available as ARC through NetGalley. So, I requested and was granted a copy.

The book, itself, travels back and forth for storyline purposes between 2014 and 1950.

In 2014, Fiona is still reeling over 20 years later since the murder of her older sister, Deb in Vermont on Idlewild Hall Boarding School. See Fiona can’t seem to shake what happened to Deb all those years ago. Even though her sister’s supposed killer was arrested and convicted, Fiona questions...

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There's an old girl's school on the outskirts of the city. When Fiona finds out they are going to rebuild it, she's horrified. Her sister was killed and her body was left near Idlewild. It haunts her to think of it operating again. She's almost obsessed with the death of her sister. Her killer is in jail but it doesn't make Fiona feel better. She convinces her boss to let her write an article about it and begins to do some research on it...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will published March 20th.

Fiona is dating a cop. He tries to get her to let go of the pain of her sister's death but she can't. She...

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James<br/>
My rating: 4 of 5 stars<br /><br />
Netgalley # 10<br /><br />Many thanks go to Simone St. James, Berkley, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.<br /><br />One more WWII historical fiction book. They seem to be quite popular lately. How could it be an original twist? Well, St. James pulled it off! She succeeded in intertwining the past with the present. Not every author pulls that off. It often feels forced like a topic from history was picked first, but he had no idea how to tie it to now. It's obvious the thought process was very clear here. <br />In...

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This story goes back and forth in time, telling of events from the perspective of an adult woman and four 15 year olds. All of the young girls agree that there is also a ghost around, each having heard or seen things on the grounds of their school.



So the novel forms questions around two specific things - is there a ghost that haunts and possibly harms, and is there a murderer loose in the world?



The opening chapter, set in the 1950s, pulls you in with a ghost mystery and you quickly realize there is back story that needs to be told to explain the scene.


Then the book switches to the present day and you realize there's also a murder mystery in the present, revolving around the...

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When I read the synopsis of this one, I knew I wanted to read it. It takes place at a boarding school (these stories always attract me), in Vermont (where I grew up), and involves a mystery surrounding a young student's death. Sign me up! The only thing I did not pick up on was that there would be a ghost involved (one of my immediate turn offs). Kudos to the author, because despite my intense dislike of books containing ghosts, I wanted to keep reading this one regardless. Yes, the other parts of the book are that good! I loved the way the characters were drawn, the good ones and the bad. The setting was just creepy enough so you could read it without being terrorized, and I loved the...

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So I personally did not really enjoy this book. Yes the plot was intriguing and I liked the way it ended. However, had I know this book would be so much about ghosts and the supernatural I probably would not have read it. But if you were into this sort of book you would have loved it!
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Once again, Simone St. James has written a story that captivates the reader from start to finish. She has a way of drawing the reader in with beautiful descriptions and realistic mysteries that would make anyone eager to read until the very end. Once you pick this book up, you will certainly have a hard time putting it down until you find out the ending. It's a haunting ghost story that centers around tragedy, betrayal, and what true justice really means.

60 years ago, four teenage girls are sent to a boarding school following tragedies in their lives. Bound together by their shared circumstances, they go through their days fighting to stay true to themselves in a world that would...

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a creepy good ghost story that alternates between events in 1950 and 2014.  This story is set at a girls' boarding school in Vermont and revolves around the mysterious disappearance of one of the students at the school.  The disappearance is quickly covered up and considered to be a run away case.  Fast forward to 2014 and the case becomes relevant again.  This story will keep you up late into the night as you race to the ending all while trying not to get too spooked by the ghost that makes a frequent appearance.  Read and enjoy!
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spoiler free***
This book was one of my favorite reads so far this year.  It is scary, a definite page turner.  The author did a great job making the reader invested in the characters, and you have to know what happens next. I love the descriptions of the time period it is set in, and how the main character tries to solve the mystery.  Great book!
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