Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Rating: 5.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: A spooky, thrilling, suspenseful, spine-tingling read. MUST READ!
In 1950 in Barrons, Vt., four girls with troubled pasts attend Idlewild, a boarding school run by strict teachers and haunted by Mary Hand – a ghost legend says is older than the school, possibly even the town, and whose restless spirit reveals your own darkness to you. In 2014, Idlewild has been closed for decades, plagued by its deadly and ghoulish past. Fiona Sheridan, a journalist whose sister was murdered on the property, investigates the restoration and future reopening of Idlewild. In her search for some previously unknown truth about her sister’s death, Fiona stumbles upon Mary Hand and crimes at Idlewild much older than her sister’s murder. Will Fiona’s search for the truth lead her to the answers she seeks? Or is the truth much more sinister than she could have ever imagined?
The Broken Girls has been hyped up in the bookstagram world for some time now, and it’s one of the rare gems that lives up to the hype. I found myself turning pages than I have ever before and getting distracted at work thinking and theorizing about the plot-line and the characters. I got goosebumps reading about Mary Hand (and I’m getting goosebumps right now thinking about how straight up creepy she is). And when I’d finished the last page, I was genuinely disappointed that I had nothing left of this fantastic book to read!
The Broken Girls is a ghost story, a thriller, and a mystery. But above all, it’s a story about truth – the power of truth, the danger of it, the ends to which we’ll go to hide it and uncover it, and most importantly how the truth will always be revealed with time. The Broken Girls hooked me from the very start and is easily one of my favorite reads of 2018 (if not my very favorite).