• Rachel Penate

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Updated: Apr 10

TITLE: The Sun Down Motel

AUTHOR: Simone St. James


PUB DATE: Feb 18, 2020

STARS: ★★★★★

SUMMARY: “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…” (adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: Rachel & “Paranormal Thriller” could not be any LESS compatible. I may have literally rolled my eyes when this was the only Book of the Month option for January I was remotely interested in. I love thrillers, but c’mon A PARANORMAL THRILLER? Book of the Month, you’re killing me!

But, spoiler alert: I WAS WRONG & I LOVED IT!

★ Simone St. James’ “The Sun Down Motel” is one part thriller, one part cold case murder mystery, one part spooky paranormal, & all parts enjoyable!★

From it’s compulsive readability to complex, yet very likable characters to on-the-edge-of-my-seat plot, this book was an absolute winner for me! An absolute favorite of year so far.

Overall, a great choice if you are a lover of good mystery.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Cold case murder, paranormal activity, some language.

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