Simone St. James has crafted a rich historical mystery (with ghostly elements) that also satisfies the suspense reader. THE BROKEN GIRLS tells two stories, one in 1950 and one in 2014 - both surrounding Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls.
St. James has linked these two separate times beautifully; I was impressed by the through lines she was able to construct between the generations of women. AND I was blown away by the reveal after trying (and failing) to solve the mystery myself. The atmosphere of Idlewild Hall is not one that I will soon forget, nor will I forget the fortitude and strength of the young women St. James depicted.
I received this book via NetGalley - from Berkely Publishing Group - in exchange for an honest review.