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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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Book Summary

Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.


Condition: New

Paperback, Published October 20, 2020 by Berkley

ISBN: 9780440000204


3 reviews for The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

  1. Elysse

    I devoured this one! I absolutely loved the paranormal aspects. This author really treads the line between paranormal thriller and suspense thriller, and I am here for it. I have a lot of friends that don’t read, that find books to be boring (the horror!), and when they say they want to get into reading but need something that will hold their attention, this is the book I recommend because I know it will keep them entertained. I highly recommend this it will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very last page!

  2. KC

    I may have been one of the few that didn’t enjoy The Broken Girls (3/5). But that didn’t keep me from wanting to read this book. The second I saw this cover I was all about it, and could not wait to get my hands on this book. This was a fun read. I enjoyed both of the main character’s strength and fearlessness. I loved the alternating timelines and the creepiness of the motel. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars, is I found the ending highly unsatisfying. Compared to The Broken Girls I found this way more creepy and entertaining. I would recommend this book to those who are into supernatural mysteries. This would make a great read anytime, but especially perfect for October!

  3. Chandra

    This author has a way with writing ghostly, atmospheric reads. This is my second by her and I found it somewhat similar to The Broken Girl, which I read a couple of years ago. Spanning two different timelines, this one runs in the early 80s and then in 2017. (Hello good old ’80s vibes – I am never unhappy about these kinds of references!) Carly has arrived to Fells and The Sun Down Motel to see what may have happened in the disappearance of her aunt, Viv and ends up finding out way more than was expected.

    This story has a delicious dark, eerie and ghostly feel to it. I don’t think I’d ever work the night shift at a hotel that’s practically in the middle of nowhere. And I certainly wouldn’t do it after noticing weird happenings – smells, noises, doors opening… um, yeah. No thank you! I do appreciate that these ghosts aren’t here to just scare the reader, or the characters – they’re here for the purposes of the mystery within.

    I do think that there was a bit of repetitiveness. I’m not sure if that’s just because of the dual time lines reflecting each other between Viv and Carly to meld their stories together or if there was just a sense of continuity that could *sometimes* make me wonder whose story I was reading. I didn’t find anything crazy or OMG as I was reading but this isn’t that type of read, in my opinion. What we get is a thoroughly atmospheric and at some points, extremely spooky, read. And this is what this author does SO VERY WELL.

    If you’re looking for a slow burn of a ghostly story, this is the read for you. The type of read you don’t need a big twist to keep you satisfied, but I do wish I had a little bit more from the ending. 3.5 stars rounding up!
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