Genre Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Take a 1950s boarding school for unwanted girls, a ghost that shows you your darkest fears, the murder of two girls found at the boarding school, a mystery, and you have one gripping novel.
THE BROKEN GIRLS engaged my interest from page one and kept me turning the pages. I was so engrossed in this story and didn’t want to wait to get home to read it, that I also got the audio version and listened to it during my cardio session. There was so much I liked about this book from the different timelines (1950 & 2014), the bonding and friendship of unwanted girls, a woman determined to find out the truth about her sister’s murder, and the boarding school girls’ haunted past. I also love it when an author brings things to light or teaches how past generations thought of certain things like children out of wedlock, PSTD, and what society thought women needed to learn in the 1950s.
Simone St. James did a fantastic job weaving the past into the present and making you think how the two will tie together. I like how she handled the ghost aspect of the story; it was subtle and brilliantly done where it was chilling and not melodramatic. She had me guessing the whole time about the two girls murdered decades apart and if there was a connection, why it was done and by whom. This story had my interest, and I finished it one day between reading and listening to it.
THE BROKEN GIRLS is an addictive read that lovers of paranormal ghost stories, mystery, and suspense would enjoy tremendously. I know that I did.