The Broken Girls by Simone St. James


In 1950, remote Vermont boarding school Idlewild Hall is known for its ghosts. The girls who are sent there are the ones no one wants, but four roommates build a strong friendship they've never experienced before - until one of them vanishes.


In 2014, journalist Fiona Sheridan is struggling with the death of her older sister, whose body was found near Idlewild Hall. Her boyfriend, a local police officer, doesn't understand her feeling that there's more to know about the case.


Then Fiona finds out that the abandoned school is being restored. Her investigation into the details leads her to discover what haunts Idlewild Hall, and what connects the tragedies of two young girls, six decades apart.


Why I Loved It: Great literary ghost stories are pretty rare, and I loved the creepiness of the plot combined with the excellent character development. I fell right into this small Vermont town.


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