The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James: #bookreview


My Two Cents…..

Simone St. James has a knack for writing creepy, atmospheric books (The Broken Girls) and this new release DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!

Lights turning on and off, doors opening and slamming shut, cigarette smoke in the air, a young boy and a woman in a floral dress haunting you…all become exceptionally real as you read the story.

In 1982 Carly’s Aunt Vivian disappeared from the Sundown Motel where she was working as a night clerk. In Carly’s quest to discover what really happened to her Aunt Viv she herself, applies for and accepts the night shift desk clerk position where she immediately begins to encounter the same eerie events as her aunt.

The story is told in dual timelines and dual perspectives which I love! While the stories are very similar St. James does a remarkable job keeping each story unique. I loved that even though the stories were years apart, the atmosphere at the Sundown didn’t change. That definitely added to the creep factor.

In addition to the main storyline and characters, the setting and secondary characters were drawn up with depth and attention to detail. I felt like I was in Fell, NY (I mean who hasn’t passed through a small town with a run down motel) and I could seriously feel The Traveling Salesman eyes roaming over me giving me the chills…..


Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary. 

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

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