Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review for The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel
publication: February 18th 2020 by Berkley
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…

My Thoughts…
It is only January of 2020 but this will certainly be in my list of top books of the year.    I could not get enough of The Sun Down Motel.    With each page, each character I met, each story that came together, I was pulled more and more into the story.   The ghosts and the visitors to The Sun Down Motel were all intriguing and kept me turning page after page.   I couldn’t wait to see how Simone St. James would pull the storylines together at the end of the book.

The dual timelines were written perfectly.   They told their own stories while overlapping just enough to not lose the reader's attention.    I enjoyed how the characters were portrayed in 1982 and those that were still around in the present were kept similar.   They kept their quirks, kept their attitudes, but showed how they grew up in the time that was between.   The storylines were easy to follow, quick to read, and had twists and turns that kept me guessing at what would happen next.   

The Sun Down Motel is a psychological thriller with a tad of paranormal sprinkled throughout the story.    The spooky setting, the creepy customers, and the interesting people of Fells all made this book a must-read. 

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