• October 2019 •

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Broken Girls

By Simone St. James

A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare… Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good.


  1. Did you enjoy this book? Rate it out of 5.
  2. Discuss the relationship between Sonia, Katie, Roberta, and CeCe. How would you characterize their friendships? Why do you think the author chose to write about four girls with such different backgrounds?
  3. The author chose to write from multiple perspectives, did you enjoy one character’s voice more than the others?
  4. Discuss the character of Mary Hand.
  5. From the beginning, Fiona is determined to identify the girl in the well and uncover the truth of what happened to her. Why is this case so important to Fiona?
  6. Why do you think the author chose the title The Broken Girls? Do you think Fiona is “broken”? If so, do you think this is true for the whole novel or do you believe she changes? What about the four girls in the 1950s?
  7. Journalism plays an important role in the book. Why do you think the author chose to make Fiona a journalist? Her journalistic investigation often intersects with the police investigation. Do you think the media plays a positive or negative role in police work of this kind?
  8. Did you enjoy the setting – the boarding school – did you think it added to the story line?
  9. Were you surprised at the ending? Did it keep you interested right to the end?

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