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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…
“Come on in the building seemed to say with it’s jagged up-and-down lights, its blue and yellow neon cheeriness. Get some sleep. Take it easy until the sun comes up again. And if you see someone sitting at the end of your bed, pay them no mind. That’s just one of my secrets. And I’m not going to tell.”
First off– if you do not like ghost stories, I do not think you will like this book. It’s HEAVILY coated with lots and lots of supernatural activities and yes: GHOSTS! But I love it! Give me ALLLL of the ghost stories! I feel as if Simone St. James is THE author for the perfect ghost story. *adds to forever one-click list*
The Sun Down Motel was so eerie, creepy, and spooky from the setting to the writing to the characters. The vibe was edgy, the tone was perfect, and the execution of the story as a whole had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I didn’t want any of it to end. The past and present POVs really tie this story all together. The author took her time and precariously wrote each chapter to reflect the last. And once you get to one point in the past with Viv, you get to watch Carly get to that point in the present too. I loved that about the structure of this plot.
I SEEN EVERY SINGLE PART OF THIS STORY SO VIVIDLY IN MY MIND. I am sorry. I felt like that needed to be yelled. The setting, the characters, and the things that happen and play out all throughout really played a vivid picture in my mind. Like I was watching a movie. I love that. Plain and simple.
If ghost stories with wonderful writing and spooky, supernatural scenes are your jam– you do not want to miss out on this story. If ghost stories are not your thing– you probably won’t like this book. But I hope that if any one wants to take a change on one and sort of feel the genre out, they choose one of Simone St. James’ books. Preferably this one.Then again, I’m sure some people might say I am biased since I loved her last one so much too. Oh well. Just read the book okay! LOL!