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Publisher's Summary

They won't forgive. They won't forget. 

1950. At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four roommates begin to bond over dark secrets and whispered fears - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... 

2014. Journalist Fiona Sheridan can't get over the murder of her sister 20 years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she'll begin to uncover secrets that were meant to remain hidden in the past - and a voice that won't be silenced.... 

For fans of Lisa Jewell and S. K. Tremayne, The Broken Girls is a chilling story of murder, revenge and a darkness that refuses to stay buried.... 

©2018 Simone St. James (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage." (Fiona Barton, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Widow and The Child)

"Haunting and memorable...mesmerising." (Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter)

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Good listen. Enjoyed it.

Great narration and voice acting. The story is very well paced and weaves multiple elements together quite well.

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Wow, amazing!

The story and the characters are so well written. The narration brings the story to life. So many twists and turns. Very satisfying. Highly recommend!

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An unexpected Gem

I started this book not really knowing anything about it. I was looking for something to read and a friend suggested it. It was sold to me as a ghost story, which isn't really something that I would normally go for, but the friend suggesting it had never steered me wrong before so I thought I would give it a go.

I won't give a complete synopsis of the book because there are plenty of them provided. In my opinion, this was more a story about a woman in 2014 who is on a quest to find answers about her sisters murder. Along the way, she discovers that a young girl went missing in the 1950's from the boarding school on whose grounds her sisters body was discovered. The story unfolds by alternating between Fiona's point of view and the story of the girls in the boarding school in the 50's. The alternating chapters are done expertly in this novel and the story flows really well.

I did find the beginning a little slow, but once it grabbed me, I was hooked. There is definitely a ghost element to this story, but I thought it was done so well and with subtlety that it appealed to me. The Broken Girls kept me up at night, reading far longer than I ever intended to. It gave me that ..... Ohhh, just one more chapter .... feeling I really enjoy with some books. I will definitely look out for more titles from Simone St. James

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Intriguing historical read

Firstly the narrator was fantastic- great speed and provided a nice touch with different accents. The book was a little slow to start but I recommend preserving because I was unable to stop listening from about half way through. The ghosts were a little annoying and sometimes detracted from the story but the characters were strong and the book well written overall. Great book

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Great suspense story with a historical background

This is the third time I am trying to submit a review of The Broken Girls, and it disappears every time after I post it - a bit creepy, don't you think? So I will keep it short and sweet as to not offend the ghost of Mary Hand:

With a dual timeline featuring two separate murder mysteries, The Broken Girls is a perfect example on how to incorporate a spooky ghostly element to ratchet up tension without pushing the story too far into the realm of the unbelievable. If you love a good suspense story with a historical background and an atmospheric gothic setting, I urge you to give this a go – even for readers who are not normally fans of the supernatural. For extra goosebumps, read this one alone at night with the wind howling outside and the tap-tapping of spidery branches on the roof – or was it footsteps I heard? I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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  • 19-06-2020

Outstanding performance, good story.

this books catches us right from the start. the narrator is incredible and one of the reasons I've loved this audiobook so much.

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  • sarah cartwright
  • 13-07-2021

Another fab book …

Simone St. James is becoming one of my favourite authors. Just as good as the Sundown motel this novel had be gripped me from start to finish.
I only gave it a 4 star on the performance as the ‘phone voice’ wasn’t necessary.

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  • Callum Chisholm
  • 31-08-2020

Amazingly good

Brilliant, really enjoyed this! Actually gutted I've finished it already, just cldnt stop listening though

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  • Lynette
  • 27-08-2020

That's time I'll never get back!

There are so many amazing books out there ..... unfortunately this isn't one of them.
This 'story' could have been told in a fraction of the time. I personally found it long-winded, far too drawn out and actually not that interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2020

alot if detail but story ends in a rush

slow to start and too rushed at the end but along the way it keeps you hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-2020

Captivating

Sarah Borges did an excellent job narrating this captivating, spooky story. Enjoyed every minute of it. If you loved Simone’s The Sunset Motel you’ll love this one too.

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  • Miss Rachael Boswell
  • 22-11-2019

Surprised

I really enjoyed this, surprisingly gripping and easy listening. My only gripe would the awful sound effect used for phone calls in the narration. Was very irritating

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  • Jonas
  • 08-10-2018

utter garbage from beginning to end

it was dreadful. Read well but long, thoroughly predictable, time I'll never get back, ever.

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  • stink
  • 20-06-2018

I loved this story

I just could not put this down I got so absorbed in the characters and there lives,gripping from the first page to the last ,a living nightmare ,please give this ago 😀😀😀 the narrator was perfect .

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