The Broken Girls

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Penguin, 2018 - Fiction - 336 pages
25 Reviews
The "clever and wonderfully chilling" (Fiona Barton) suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare...

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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User Review  - ouroborosangel - LibraryThing

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a well-written, fast-paced, thrill-soaked ride told in (at least) two timelines. The book opens with a young girl being followed by someone or something in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ErickaS - LibraryThing

I love a good ghost story! 1950: at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for delinquent girls, 4 roommates develop a bond over their shared circumstances. Lurking in the background is the simmering fear ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
24
Section 4
42
Section 5
68
Section 6
81
Section 7
90
Section 8
104
Section 20
209
Section 21
214
Section 22
220
Section 23
228
Section 24
237
Section 25
246
Section 26
254
Section 27
266

Section 9
112
Section 10
125
Section 11
133
Section 12
142
Section 13
147
Section 14
159
Section 15
169
Section 16
179
Section 17
186
Section 18
193
Section 19
204
Section 28
272
Section 29
279
Section 30
287
Section 31
293
Section 32
299
Section 33
309
Section 34
314
Section 35
321
Section 36
327
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About the author (2018)

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of Lost Among the Living; The Other Side of Midnight; Silence for the Dead; An Inquiry into Love and Death, which was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada; and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.

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