Monday, April 9, 2018

Review/Giveaway: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James




Release Date:
March 20, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A 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. . . .

My Review

Twenty years ago Fiona Sheridan lost her sister to violence. Her sister’s boyfriend was arrested and put in jail for the murder. Fiona’s family was never the same. As an adult, Fiona still can’t forget the tragedy that struck her family. She’s, also, convinced that there is something wrong with the way this case had been handled. She’s sure that the police did not do their job back then.  Fiona is now a journalist and plans to put her skills to good use and investigate.

Fiona’s investigation leads her to a mysterious disappearance from 1950 at an all girls school called Idlewild Hall. The school is now abandoned, but it also happens to be the grounds where her sister’s body was found in 1994. Now, a wealthy family is purchasing the old building with plans to renovate the school. Fiona is desperate to uncover all the secrets involved with the 1950’s disappearance, as well as her own sister’s murder.

Talk about edge-of-your-seat reading. This was that and so much more. Fiona is a strong character who doesn’t back down despite the warnings or danger involved.

The author expertly mixes the past with the present to give us an explosive story. There’s even paranormal tones intertwined with the mystery. It’s suspense meets gothic complete with an old building and a ghost.

The Broken Girls is a fast-paced, riveting story with many twists and turns. It grabs you from the start. This is a new-to-me author that I’ll be looking for in the future.

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2018
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2018 (Vermont)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Now you can win a print copy of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James? Thanks to the publisher, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. Thanks for this fascinating and compelling novel which interests me greatly. I have enjoyed all of the historicals this talented author has written and would love to read this new release.

  2. I need this one! The blurb caught my attention right when it came out but your review has definitely sold me! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  3. This is a fascinating premise and the book looks great

  4. This book has been on my wishlist for months. In the meantime, I've been checking out the author's books from the library. Love the suspense!!

  5. I'm looking forward to reading The Broken Girls. Thank you

  6. I've heard nothing but raves for this book!! I'm excited to read it and find out what everyone is talking about.

  7. I'm not into paranormal but this book sounds really good so I'll have to check it out!

  8. Love the cover and suspense is my favorite genre. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it.

  9. Looking forward to reading.
    Carol Smith

  10. This sounds like such a captivating story, would love to read it!

  11. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to everyone. #FingersCrossed #ItWasTheCover

  12. Thank you for writing some amazing books.

  13. Your review has me wanting to read this. Sounds exciting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Hmm, the troubled, too-smart-for-their-own-good... sound like my sort! I enjoy cold case novels

  15. Sounds very suspenseful which is definitely right up my alley

  16. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. this sounds so good. I love a story that has lots of twists and turns

  18. I love suspense thriller books. I know I will enjoy reading this and I have put it on my TBR list!!!!

  19. Great cover! Really makes me want to read the book. I really liked the description of the book and I'm adding to my TBR list.

  20. I love secrets, so this book sounds perfect for me. I can't wait to read it.


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