Thursday 10 January 2019

Book Club: The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
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Book: The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St James

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 local legend says the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears . . .

Vermont, 2014. Twenty years ago, journalist Fiona Sheridan's elder sister's body was found in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And although her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of the murder, Fiona can't stop revisiting the events, unable to shake the feeling 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 renovations links the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced . . .

What I have to say:
This was the December pick for my book club (you can find all of the books we read in 2018 here). The long abandoned girls boarding school Idlewild Hall, has been purchased by a women, Margaret, and is being renovated to become a girls boarding school again. Journalist Fiona's sister's body was found years ago in the abandon field of the school. Fiona is writing a piece on the school, discovering it's history and wanting to know why Margaret is so interested in the school. Her investigating reveals secrets of the school- including what happened to a student who went missing- Mary Hand who haunts the grounds, and what really happened the night her sister was murdered.

Final Verdict:
This was one of the creepiest books I EVER read, but I couldn't put it down! You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens next. This was one of my favourite books that I read this year. Highly recommend it! 

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