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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken GirlsTitle: The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St. James
Rating: ★★★★

What I liked about this novel is that it transitions between 1950 and 2014. The audience is taken through multiple perspectives throughout the story, all leading to a stirring finale.

Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried underland. She’ll say she wants to be your friend. Do not let her in again.

We are in Barrons, Vermont in 1950. Idlewild is a school for “troubled” or “broken” girls. Some believe it is haunted. Katie, Ce-Ce, Roberta, and Sonia share a bond over their painful experiences and come to a greater understanding of Mary Hand’s existence in their lives. In these chapters of the novel, we find out exactly why these four young ladies are “broken”and sent to this sorrowful place. 

What exactly are they hiding years later? Who was discovered buried in the well during the restoration of Idlewild? What is the secret surrounding all of these events?

It is now 2014 and Fiona Sheridan, a journalist, is still suffering from the devastating death of her sister, Deb, who died on the grounds of Idlewild twenty years prior. Not convinced that all was uncovered during trial, she sets her eyes on discovering the truth when rumor spreads that Idlewild is to be restored. Will discovering the truth put Fiona in danger? Did Deb’s boyfriend really murder her?

In a shocking ending (at least, I was shocked haha), Fiona uncovers the truth behind the murders from long ago and discovers the meaning behind Mary Hand’s haunting. Everyone is not as they seem and history seems to be repeating itself. 

Will Sonia and Deb receive justice? What will happen with Mary Hand? Can Fiona crack the mystery and put the town at ease?  


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