The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, 5 Stars

I love a good ghost story. It’s funny because I used to hate anything that was even remotely scary. Watching the intro to the first season of American Horror Story was enough to make me hide under a blanket for 30 seconds or so.

But slowly, I started coming around. And while AHS isn’t always my favorite–I’ve found it to be disturbingly sexual and violent–anyone else? But that first season.

My latest obsession is The Haunting of Hill House. OMG, now that was a good show. And I’ve heard the second season is going to be amazing. Can’t wait! Like really, I’ll probably have to wait a year and I don’t wanna (waaaaah!).

But in the meantime, maybe Simone St. James will write another one. I loved her last one, The Broken Girls, and I may have loved her latest, The Sun Down Motel, even better!

From the Publisher:

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 Review:

The Sun Down Motel was built in the late 1970’s, when an amusement park was going to be built in town. The owners thought they would make some quick money on the land. What they didn’t plan for? That the amusement park would never be built and they would be saddled with a motel they didn’t want for life.

Viv Delaney saw some things at The Sun Down Motel. And one of those things made her a target. But whether she was targeted by a ghost or a real person, there’s the question. And what happened when she vanished?

When her niece, Carly, decides to travel to Fell, NY, after her mother passes away from cancer, she is searching for answers. What happened to her aunt so many years ago? And when she meets her new roommate- and moves into the very apartment her aunt inhabited 35 years before, she realizes that there were a lot of dead girls in Fell back when Viv disappeared.

This book is the real deal. It’s so spooky you won’t want to read it in a dark room, but it’s so good that you keep reading it in that dark room because you NEED to know what happens!

Simone St. James is a master story-teller in a genre that can be tricky. So often horror can turn cheesy quick. But this is not the case with The Sun Down Motel. It will keep you engaged up until the very end. You need to check this one out! Oh, and by the way, it’s available now!


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