Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel
The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn't right at the Sun Down, and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published February 18th, 2020
 by Berkley 

Simone St. James had me with The Broken Girls, if I could have given it more than 5 stars I would have.  The result is that it puts pressure on the next book plus others as I now make my way through her backlist.

A telltale feature I have discovered is the ghostly presence that has now become a given.  With The Sun Down Motel it gave the story an extra creepy feel, it kept me on my toes not just for the next appearance but the relevance to the story.

The mystery of what happened back in 1982 is what sets Carly off searching.  Still reeling of grief she gets more than she bargained for.  I liked both storylines here though I found myself at times reaffirming the POV.  Carly and Viv are similar characters in similar locations that at times had me stopping to remember which time period I was in.

As always James kept me engaged, it wasn't hard to envision the old motel, its empty pool, creepy nocturnal and paranormal activity. As I progressed it become an addictive read to finish with a conclusion that was satisfying. 

Simone St. James has again solidified herself as a favorite and go-to author for me.  I recommend this book for a relatively quick read (because ya gotta know whats happen here).

This book was from my shelf and part of my 2020 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge.

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