The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss
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Simone St. James first came onto my radar when The Broken Girls was released. While it peaked my interest, I let it pass me by without reading it. And now I could kick myself! I loved The Sun Down Motel so much I read it in two sittings. (And between those two sittings, I slept with my light on.) Told in dual timelines, this story follows Viv, a woman who went missing years ago in Fell, New York and Carly, her niece who visits the town in an effort to find out what happened to the aunt she never met. Just like Viv in the past, Carly learns quickly that Fell is a hotbed of murdered women. And continuing Viv’s legacy, she wants to know what happened to them and proceeds to deep dive into the town’s archives to find any information she can regarding the unsolved crimes.
I will say that that it was a bit before this book really started gripping me (and by that I mean, like, two chapters,) but once I was hooked, there was no putting it down.This book was so atmospheric. If I was Joey from Friends, it would have gone into the freezer while I slept; it was that creepy. And the author did such a good job making my pulse pound. I was constantly worried about Viv or Carly – whichever one was on the page, and I just had to know what happened next! I also never knew who I could trust, and I loved the extra element of drama this added. My favorite characters were all the ones Viv and Carly met at the hotel, and after reading this book, it’s clear what my ‘niche’ is when it comes to this genre. I love it when the supernatural collides with this world, and I’ll be looking for more of those going forward.
I absolutely loved The Sun Down Motel and wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up on my favorites of 2020 list. Finally, here is the best praise I could possibly give this book: if you loved The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and/or Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, especially the creepy setting, then this book is a new favorite waiting to happen!
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