Book Review – The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Started April 4

Who in their right mind would stay up most of the night and reads a book about a crazy ghost and murders? If you think no one would think again. I just stayed up until three in the morning reading The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. And finishing the last chapter left me with goosebumps.

Just three chapters in, even I knew something eerie was happening. The manner in which The Broken Girls manages to create the effect of being stalked by the unknown is awesome. Did I say there was a ghost? It haunts a school. The school in question was a girls’ residential school. Most of its pupils were troublemakers, unwanted by others. The plot moves between the past and the present, between 1950 and 2014.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

In 2014, the grounds on which the school sits is bought and waiting to be renovated. A freelance journalist, Fiona, wants to make an article about it and begins research. She has a personal interest in this place as well since it was where her sister Deb was found murdered. While Fiona and the owner’s son Anthony Eden are covering the ground, the workers find a dead body in a well. The body is established to be that of a student from the school, Sonia, who was believed to be missing since 1950.

Fiona wants to know more about Deb’s death and begins prodding into the past. And through the length of The Broken Girls, she unearths findings that go back to the time before the school was established. She discovers who killed Sonia and also finds answers to her questions regarding her sister’s murder. And she also manages to find the actual facts about the ghost.

There is a certain eeriness to the story and that made me keep turning the pages. I thought the ghost was unnecessary, then again I liked the element of the supernatural. I am a bit ambiguous about this. The to and fro between the past and the present was not at all disrupting and added its own charm to the book. The Broken Girls was everything that a thriller could be.  It was fast, there were plenty of twists and turns, and the suspense was great. Overall a grippingly fast read.

You can find a copy of The Broken Girls here – Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Penguin


The Broken GirlsThe Broken Girls by Simone St. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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