Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemake…

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Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears…
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced…
This is probably the first horror themed book that I’ve read. I was really worried that it would be unrealistic or silly but I absolutely loved it. The story was told in alternating times- the 50s in the boarding school and Fiona in 2014. I did struggle at the start to get into the story as I couldn’t bring the school together with Fiona’s life now. Her sister was one of the main story lines and I wasn’t a fan of the fact that she wasn’t more connected to the boarding school, and the school was kind of in the background for that party of the book. I genuinely could have read a whole book just on the school and the girls that went there. I really would have liked to have seen more of them and less of Fiona if I’m being honest. However, the characters in this were great and I’m really looking forward to reading more from Simone St James.

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