Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

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. . . .


Review:   

1. Paranormal 

This is an unnerving mystery with a refined touch of the paranormal.

Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead and buried under land.

She’ll say she wants to be your friend.

Do not let her in again!

2. It Flows

The writing flows beautifully as the story switches between past and present. I personally preferred the past timeline as I found it to be more captivating.

I’m going to get out of here. Someday we all will. And when we do, we will finally be free.

3. Powerful

My favourite part was the powerful friendship formed between the four girls at the boarding school, which slowly but surely, had shaped up their reality.

4. Addictive 

The story is fast-paced and quite addictive; it succeeds in addressing some tough subjects with the utmost delicacy.

There is no justice, but we stand for it anyway. Justice is the ideal, but justice is not the reality.

5. The Final Verdict

The plot is tragic and heart-breaking. Unfortunately, the revelations left me with an unusual sense of dissatisfaction.

I’d still recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling mystery.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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