The Broken Girls

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2018

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I thought that this one was pretty good, I even bought the Hard cover version once it came out. While I was still able to predict the ending, I enjoyed the over all story and story telling.
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"The Broken Girls" has some great aspects and others that I really struggled with. I found the characters to be unlikable and wasn't sure why some plot elements were included. There really is no need to have the paranormal ghost element, I kept thinking that it must be something besides a ghost but nope, it's just your run of the mill ghost hunting. This book alternates between the present and the early 1950's. I found that the present day parts dragged on and the characters were one dimensional. I could not relate to the obsessed journalist who has a one track mind or the cop who is only sees good. I did find the parts about the girls attending the boarding school...

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While I did enjoy the story, there was something holding me back from loving it. It is creepy, gothic and well written but the overall story was not as engaging.

The story is told from both the past and the present POV. I didn't care about what was going on in the present. I found myself more intrigued about the four girls from the past. As the story goes along, you can see how the past shaped the future.

ARC provided to me for an honest review.
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This was the perfect novel for me. I love the mix of ghost story and murder mystery that crossed through the years. I highly recommend The Broken Girls and will be telling friends and patrons about it.
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At first it seems that only the location connects the disappearance of a boarding school girl in the 50s and the murder of a high school girl in the 90s, but journalist Fiona Sheridan begins to put together the pieces that lead to a much bigger and deeper mystery. This is one of St. James' best books yet, with moody, atmospheric prose creating a suspenseful atmosphere for readers. Highly recommended!
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I couldn't put this down. There were so many twists and turns, ghost stories and real murderers. Loved it. Reminded me a lot of Tana French's In the Woods!
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This was a great story about happenings at a boarding school in a small town.  The characters were well fleshed out and I thought the story flowed quite well.  I don't mind having the narrative go between present day and the past.  The fact that there is a ghost involved made this a book that I didn't want to put down.
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Most of Simone St. James’s spooky novels have been set in the early 20th century, so The Broken Girls is a bit of a departure. Some of it is set in 1950, but the bulk is set in 2014.

Fiona Sheridan’s sister, Deb, was murdered 20 years ago and her body found on the grounds of what had been Idlewild Hall, a school for girls. Although Deb’s boyfriend, Tim Christopher, has long been in prison for the murder and Fiona believes he is guilty, something about the case still bothers her. This issue tends to raise tension between her and her boyfriend, Jamie Creel, a cop whose father investigated the murder.

When Fiona drives by Idlewild Hall near the anniversary of her sister’s death, she sees...

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This is my second Simone St. James book, and I am definitely going to be checking out her other work. St. James excels at crafting a thick, creepy atmosphere in her work, and she can actually make ghosts kind of scary, which I think is difficult to do. The great thing about her ghost stories is that they’re not just ghost stories, but rich mysteries as well. In The Broken Girls, the story plays out in two timelines. The first, in the 1950s, features four girls living in Idlewild, a haunted boarding school for “troubled” girls. The second, in 2014, features journalist Fiona Sheridan, who is still dealing with her sister’s murder near Idlewild twenty years ago, and sets out to write a story...

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While I appreciated the dual time line it took me nearly 15 days to complete this book. I think with a mystery/thriller you should want to come back and read more but I didn't always feel like that. The characters were ok, I enjoyed the parts from the past more. Nothing overly exciting or shocking about this read. I would still read more from this author, as this story was not for me.
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What I Say.....Well, this was a completely new book experience for me. I've read historical fiction that has had an element of a ghost story, but this book seemed somehow completely unique. We read it for my book club and the verdict was pretty unanimous that we were intrigued but a bit confused.

Firstly, if you've read my blog for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of alternating timeline plots. However, in this book, it just didn't work as well. I was bored by the current day plot, and really had no interest in Fiona's story. I found myself rushing through the present day in order to read the past. It was hard to pinpoint what timeline Fiona's story even...

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This book was phenomenal!! It’s so twisted and suspenseful that you won’t be able to put it down. It’s dark and disturbing. A paranormal/ghost book that is highly addictive. 

You go to the restroom, cook food, even when you get your kids ready for bedtime you take this book with you. I had to know what happened in that school. Fiona, Ce-Ce, Roberta, Sonia and Katie are reliable narrators. We switch from the past to the present trying to solve a murder and figure out exactly what happened. 

Overall I’m extremely happy I was approved to read this book. This was my first book by Simone St. James and it won’t be my last.
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This book sets an atmosphere in the first pages. A girl being chased trough the woods. Soon you start to question which girl as more seem to be missing in the various stories developing in this book.
There is the part with the girls living in the boarding house back in the 50's. As all four girls get to tell their part of the story and how they experienced it you get a lot of information on how that period was. The voice are not really distinct but their stories are. There were some really scary parts in their stories. All four are easy to like and connect too.
Then there is the part with Fiona. On the search for the truth about her sisters dead she discovered some things that were...

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Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Oh boy, where do I even begin?

Have you ever watched a ghost movie and wanted more information from previous victims and the ghost itself? It wasn't enough to see how the current situation was handled, you wanted to know more about the haunting's mystery, about people who permitted these situations to go on, and the grieving process of families affected.

Well, I have and this book delivered.

This book held a constant eerie mood, a suspensefulness in the silence and doubtfulness of events. Both timelines presented were expertly written. These initially entirely distinctive timelines were able to intertwine and converge in a progressively smooth...

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In 1950, four teenage girls become friends at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troublemakers and illegitimate children. When one of the girls mysteriously disappears, her friends decide to investigate. Over the decades, the boarding school slowly becomes discontinued and eventually abandoned. However, in 2014, Idlewild Hall is being renovated by a wealthy benefactor. Journalist Fiona Shaw wants to write an article about Idlewild Hall’s restoration because in the 1990s her sister was found dead on the school grounds. As she searches for clues to her sister’s murder, Fiona unlocks the hidden secrets of the school’s past.

These Broken Girls is told in third person that switches from...

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This book is incredible. Typically I like my books move faster than this, but I adored this book. The slow pace got me emotionally invested in the story. I cried, I got angry and I found myself giddy at times as well. The writing is great, but the character development is what made me feel so emotionally connected to the story.

I kept hearing about this book, which is one of the reasons I picked it up now rather than later, but for some reason I really didn't expect it to be anything special. I was so wrong. The writing captured emotions through dialogue in a way that made you feel like you were present in the story it didn't feel like a novel, it felt real.

This story is...

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The Broken Girls tells the story of a journalist named Fiona trying to uncover the truth about her older sister’s murder. Followed by the ghost of Mary Hand, Fiona uncovers the tragic story of Sonia, a student at Idlewild Hall boarding school in Vermont.

Some of the creepy Mary Hand ghost parts left me on the edge of my seat, all of my senses heightened in fear of hearing tapping on the window and the voice of a girl asking to come in. I enjoyed the Gothic feel to this read. The Broken Girls is a character-driven story, leaning more towards mystery than thriller. Idlewild Hall, looming over many souls for over a hundred years, was a character on its own.

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Dual time period books are a favorite of mine and with an action filled prologue the author grabbed my attention and did not let go till the very end.

From 1950 we meet four teen girls left at Idlewild Hall for various reason, sent there because they are troubled and/or uncontrollable. Idlewild Hall is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Hand...

Mary Hand, Mary Hand,
Dead and buried under land...
Faster, faster.
Don’t let her catch you.
She’ll say she wants to be your friend..:
Do not let her in again!

In 2014 Fiona is still struggling from the tragic death of her sister, her body was discovered on the deserted field of Idlewild but something just doesn't feel right and she...

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This book was tense and creepy. It kept me reading into the night (which I shouldn't have considering I had trouble sleeping after). I love how Simone St. James blends the past and the present into a nail biting mystery.
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*Originally posted on www.crazy-bookworm.com*

From Page one this book grasped its ghostly fingers around me and didn't let go! Fascinating characters with an irresistible storyline made The Broken Girls one of my favourite reads of 2018...actually, one of my most favourite ever!

The Broken Girls is a captivating mash-up of ghost story meets suspense. You have a whodunnit thrown right into the mix of a haunting. You will not be able to break free until all of your questions are answered. And trust me, the author doesn't give in easily. Each cliffhanger moment is both painful and scrumptious all at the same time!

The Broken Girls was delivered not only in multiple perspectives...

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