The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James Review

The Sun Down Motel Simone St. James | Berkley | Pub Date: February 18, 2020

"I don’t want to go in there. But I will. Because I always do.”

This was one of my January Book of the Month (BOTM) picks. I do not regret choosing it.

I had been steering clear of thrillers for a while. I read one mid-way through 2019 that kind of was insane and it made me feel a little crazy. The Sun Down Motel may make you feel a little crazy too… paranoid even.

It switches between 2 perspectives. The first one is Viv who is at the Sun Down in 1982. The second is Carly who is at the Sun Down in 2017. Carly is Viv’s niece. Carly wants to know what happened to Viv 35 years ago when she disappeared from the Sun Down on that cold November night.

I can’t review it too much without spoilers and I refuse to give spoilers. Just know that this book is creepy. The majority of it takes place at night at the Sun Down. There is a paranormal aspect too it as well. I enjoyed that part, but I don’t know if all of you will. It’s also very suspenseful and mysterious.

All I know is I am now on the hunt to read more Simone St. James books. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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… 

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