The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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The "clever and wonderfully chilling" (Fiona Barton) 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525531074
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca
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Nov 14, 2018

This is a first for me, not loving a St. James' book, but it was fast-paced and had some surprising revelations which kept me entertained.

I don't mean to question St. James' creativity, but I thought she had already created a niche for herself in 1920's paranormal mystery thrillers which she excels in. The mystery genre is quite diverse and thriving and I feel that her contemporary mystery here did not, unfortunately, shine the way all her previous books had. The familiarity of the characters and the way the story unfolded during the conclusion made it unexceptional.

Partly it is because she does the atmospheric and creepy paranormal part so well that I found the 1950s timeline in The Broken Girls much more interesting than the 2014 one. I wish we'd gotten more of that.

I don't know, I've come to expect so much more from her and this just didn't do it for me.


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