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The Broken Girls

The chilling suspense thriller that will have your heart in your mouth

By Simone St. James

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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...

THEY WON'T FORGIVE. THEY WON'T FORGET.

'Clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage' - Fiona Barton, Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Widow and The Child

'A brilliant page-turner' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

1950 - At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates 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 twenty years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she begins to uncover horrors that were meant to remain hidden - 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 secrets that refuse to stay buried . . .

'Dark and atmospheric . . . The Broken Girls shows the gothic claustrophobia of a small town haunted by more than its past' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

'Downright scary and atmospheric' - Lisa Gardner, author of Right Behind You

Biographical Notes

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of five previous novels. She spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside of Toronto with her husband and a spoiled rescue cat.

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  • ISBN: 9781472253651
  • Publication date: 29 Nov 2018
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Wildfire
The Broken Girls is clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage in a very modern ghost story until the early hours — Fiona Barton, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child
Haunting and memorable, The Broken Girls is a mesmerizing blend of past and present; a sometimes heartbreaking and always compelling quest for the truth about secrets that shouldn't stay buried. Masterfully done! — Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter
Simone St. James weaves a spellbinding tale of fervently held secrets, mysterious murders, and a boarding school for the unwanted. Told through deftly intertwined timelines, this gothic ghost story held me rapt until its dark, final twists. An addictive read not to be missed — Kristina McMorris, author of The Edge of Lost
Chilling, disturbing and gripping, this is a well-written, modern-day gothic tale about facing our darkest fears — Tessa Harris, author of The Sixth Victim
Each new twist is served with calculated, masterful precision. St. James sketches her characters with a deft hand, shifting seamlessly between time periods and knitting together a vivid, riveting story you won't soon forget. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! — Deanna Raybourn, author of A Treacherous Curse
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