Contemporary reality is far more disturbing than anything fiction can cook up. He was due on shift at six thirty; she really had been trying not to wake him. The big screen had been taken down long ago, the greasy popcorn stand razed, and now there was only a dirt clearing behind the trees, overgrown with weeds. Now a wealthy woman is undertaking a renovation of the school, opening and exposing old secrets. Past the hill, out of her sight, she knew there was the intersection with the North Road, with its jumble of fast-food restaurants, yet more gas stations, and a couple of hopeful big-box stores. The bit of ghost story really got my heart racing. What did you expect? Last month, This book was a selection for book of the month, which is an online service (like a club) that lets you pick one of 5 new releases each month for 14.99. Girls were going to be playing in the field where Deb’s body had lain. A shorter route than this one, which circled around the woods to the front gates of Idlewild Hall. He would have had plenty of time.”, On the other end of the line, she heard Jamie breathe. Assuming he came this way. It’s posted on the gates. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. The whole “man behind the curtain” part of the plot was incredibly predictable. If it was some creep coming from the woods, she had no weapon to defend herself. No one else had gotten off the bus. Night, and she still had three miles to go. With Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite. “I’m on Old Barrons Road. You may be charged a restocking fee up to 50% of item's price for used or damaged returns and up to 100% for materially different item. She swiped quickly at her eyes and glanced at it, sitting on the passenger seat where she’d tossed it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It didn’t do much business by the nineties, but kids used to party there, especially around Halloween.”. Even with the wind in her ears and the sound of her own feet, there was a murmur of something, a whisper she must have been attuned to, because when she turned her head this time, her neck creaking in protest, she saw the figure. The doctor had warned her there would be a delay, perfectly normal, a biological aftereffect of malnutrition. She was in almost complete darkness now. Learn more about the program. She was alone. Bookclub Pick. The cold wind blew up again, freezing her sweat to ice. THE BROKEN GIRLS was an amazing book, combining many elements I love: mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, dual time periods, and crime drama.