The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is one of those rare spooky ghost stories that caused me to take reading breaks because of the tension. I know I've been mentioning this one since August, but I had to wait until closer to publication to post this review. :)
A story told in two time frames; a boarding school story; a ghost story; a murder mystery--The Broken Girls truly gave me chills.
In 1950 Vermont, a boarding school for recalcitrant girls (dumped there because they are unwanted or hard to manage) has been haunted since its inception. The legends, true and/or exaggerated, have been passed down through the decades both orally and through messages in the school's textbooks. Mary Hand knows--and the generations of girls who have attended Idlewild Hall are all affected by the truths she reveals.
In 2014, a journalist haunted by the murder of her sister is shocked and disturbed that someone wants to restore Idlewild Hall. She decides to write a story about the school, and that story leads to more mystery and danger.
Although I am often drawn to ghost stories, most books fail to satisfy or frighten me. While reading The Broken Girls, I was able to suspend disbelief and follow the story in past and present with bated breath.
Read in August; blog review scheduled for February, 2018.
NetGalley/Berkley Publishing Group
Mystery/Suspense/Supernatural. March 20, 2018. Print length: 336 pages.
I really wish this book had been scheduled for publication in October or November, months that seem particularly suitable for ghost stories.
What are some of your favorite ghost stories?