The Broken Girls

By Simone St. James,

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'Clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage' - Fiona Barton, Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Widow and The Child

'A brilliant page-turner' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

1950 - At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates begin…

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2 authors picked The Broken Girls as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This story about the renovation of an old girls’ boarding school in a remote area of Vermont gave me the creeps…in a good way!

Going back and forth in time, the author weaves tragedies of the past with the present and evokes haunting images that are still with me weeks after I’ve finished the book. Luckily, the satisfying ending helped to make up for the “creepiness” that all the characters had been through.

In an old mansion that has become a school for wayward girls, a series of troublesome deaths occur. The school is reminiscent of the horrible Lowood School in Jane Eyre, one of my all-time favorite books. The story unfolds across multiple timelines—I enjoyed the 1950s story the most. The crimes are solved in the present day by a determined heroine, and the supernatural element is well integrated into the plot.  

From S.W.'s list on mysteries with creepy houses.

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