Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ~ My Thoughts #TheBrokenGirls #NetGallley


The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Berkley

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. . . . 


My thoughts about The Broken Girls ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"The sun vanished below the horizon as the girl crested the rise of Old Barrons Road. Night, and she still had three miles to go."

Wow! Just wow! This is an amazing story. It starts of with a very intense first chapter and just keeps going from there. And it has it all. It's a ghost story. It's a mystery. There are twists. There's a bit of historical fiction. And there are relationships to work through. Like I said, there's a little bit of everything so it should appeal to a lot of people.

And once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down. This is definitely a book you will want to block off time for because it will draw you in and it won't let go. I'm going to be adding this author to my must-read author list.

I received an ARC of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the author

Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of 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. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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1 comment:

  1. This is one of my top wishlist books for spring. I can't wait to get it!


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