ARC Review | The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss

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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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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  1. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now and I haven’t picked it up. Obviously, I should have! I will be doing it soon now that I’ve read your review. It sounds so good!!!


  2. I really liked this one and need to go back and read The Broken Girls asap! Viv and Carly were both amazing characters and I loved that there was a bit of supernatural worked into the story.


  3. I’ve been seeing so many raves for this one! I very rarely read mystery/thrillers but it’s impossible to ignore the great reviews. I like how you describe it as so creepy and atmospheric. I might have to check my library for this one. Great review, Angie!


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