Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Book Rating (out of 5):

Holy schmoly, I REALLY enjoyed The Broken Girls. Part ghost story, part murder mystery, the book follows Fiona whose sister was murder 20 years before. Her body was dumped on the grounds of Idlewild, a long ago abandoned boarding school for girls. A mysterious investor has bought Idlewild with the intention of renovating and re-opening it, and Fiona’s connection to the school drives her to dig deeper into the who, what and why.

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Fiona’s story is juxtaposed against the story of four girls who attended the school in 1950, one of whom disappeared without a trace when she was returning from a visit with a family member.

It’s a slow burn of a book and a little predictable at points, but it captures you and doesn’t let you go until all three mysteries are solved. Three mysteries, you say???? Yes, three! There is a mystery girl who is murdered at the beginning of the book. There is the mystery of whether the right man was convicted for the murder of Fiona’s sister. And there is the ghost of Mary Hand. Who is she? Why is she haunting this place and these  people?

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In some ways there is almost too much going on with the addition of the ghost story, but somehow Simone St. James makes it all work together.

I thought that one of the two murder mysteries was a little obvious and maybe slightly oversimplified, but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I can see myself re-reading this one some day, which is not something that I say a lot.


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