Through the years, girls in an all-girl boarding school pass messages via the textbook margins about a ghost named Mary Hand.
Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead and buried under land. She’ll say she wants to be your friend. Do not let her in again!
As the story progresses we learn more. The novel skips from the present to the past seamlessly. It is rich with story, characters, eloquence and suspense.
The Broken Girls would make a great movie!
What Others Are Saying
THE BROKEN GIRLS was an amazing book, combining many elements I love: mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, dual time periods, and crime drama. I loved it – yes, it was dark and unsettling, but I was glued to the pages. – Diane @ Book of Secrets
While it’s true that I am not a huge fan of pure ghost stories, I do like them when they are blended with a such a compelling tale as this one was. And what a story this one turned out to be – I mean it is chock full of secrets, there is this amazing thread running through that brings the past to the present, and the ghost story has just enough of a role throughout to give a creep factor without overplaying it’s hand – it enhances and adds to the tension without becoming too much. – Kristin @ Always With a Book
So, this book is a little spooky, a little historical, a little mysterious. – Kay @ Kay’s Reading Life
Mix a little paranormal woo-woo with a murder-mystery and you’ll hook me. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James did just that. – Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
About The Author (from the author’s website)
After years of writing and collecting rejections, Simone St. James’ debut novel, THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH was nominated for another Arthur Ellis Award, and SILENCE FOR THE DEAD was shortlisted for a Goodreads Choice Award.
Simone spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada, with her husband and a spoiled rescue cat. She is addicted to sushi, old 1970’s gothic novels, rainy days, coffee, and Sherlock on the BBC. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Pinterest (though not all at once). Her next novel, releasing in 2018, is THE BROKEN GIRLS.
Also by St. James:
- Lost Among the Living
- The Other Side of Midnight
- Silence For the Dead
- An Inquiry Into Love and Death
- The Haunting of Maddy Clare
(Purchase From Amazon)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I purchased the audio version of The Broken Girls when the novel was released. However, I also received this book (Advance Readers Copy) free from the publisher, Berkley, via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.