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The Sun Down Motel

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  110,805 ratings  ·  15,129 reviews
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
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite horror reads of the year and so far it’s my favorite novel of the author!

Twilight zone’s intro music blasting out in my mind: nananana!!!! I’m in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition and I’m at the dimension of imagination….Nanana!!!

I cannot sleep! I cannot move! I cannot breathe! When I was younger so much younger than today I never needed anybody’s help in anyway but even all ghost members of Beatles cannot save me! I’m numb, t
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Can a ghost story be boring? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.

In The Sun Down Motel, Vivian works the night shift at the front desk of a creepy motel. She sees some ghosts haunting the place and starts digging around. Soon she realizes that some of the deaths around town may be connected. But one night, she disappears without a trace. Thirty-five years later, her niece Carly shows up, hoping to figure out what happened to her aunt. Carly also gets a job as a front desk clerk on the night shift.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. 😱😱😱!!!! This was a GREAT book! I’m not one to hand out 5 star ratings. But I loved this creepy story!! ❤️

For me a 5 star equals:
Great characters
Great setting
Great story
Plus: I don’t want to put it down and I think about the story even when not reading it, because it’s just that great!!

This was told on two time lines:
Viv in the early 80’s
Carly (Viv’s niece) in present day

They both worked the night shift at a very haunted motel. But obviously there’s even more to this mysterious story.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Going into this, I simply hoped I would love it as much as The Broken Girls. Somehow, I managed to love it more!!!

While The Broken Girls dipped a toe into the realm of the supernatural, The Sun Down Motel dives in headfirst and these cold waters run deep!

In 1982, Viv Delaney ends up in Fell, New York, completely by chance.

Her original destination was New York City, but after stopping in Fell, she ends up staying and working the night shift at a seedy roadside motel.

Never one to shy away from the
chai ♡
There is a video I came across on Twitter a couple months ago, of a woman giving other women tips on how to protect themselves and stay safe if they have to venture outside at night (complete with how many clothes to layer on your body, where to best hide a pepper spray, and how to wield your keys like you would a knife). There was urgency and fear in the woman’s voice, and a haunted look to her eyes that struck such a fundamental chord with me. The women in the replies were empathetic, understa ...more
Miranda Reads

So excited about this Booktube video - all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 (so far).

"Sun Down Motel, can I help you?"
Nothing. Just the faint sound of breathing.
There's a terrible secret hidden within the walls of the run down motel just outside of Fell, New York.

Thirty-five years ago, Viv Delaney began experiencing...disturbances during the night shift at the Sun Down Motel.

Ones that had her questioning everything she's ever known and reality itself.
What if everything I've see
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
The night it all ended, Vivian was alone... She felt like crying. She felt like screaming. She felt sick.
"I don't want to go in there. But I will. Because I always do."

Obviously flashy psychological thrillers are still trendy, but have you ever picked up a mystery that is simply well-written, to the point where you can just bask in that book's quiet glory and subtle power? That's precisely how I felt regarding The Sun Down Motel. It's receiving copious amounts of hype, and rightly so, due to it'
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: botm, favorites
OMG I am speechless! Well not really..but can I give this book 10 stars??!!! Adding this to my list of all time favorite thrillers. Yes, it was that good. So many good things about this book, where do I even start?

I think what made this book so special was the feelings it gave me. The creepy, chills down my spine- feelings I had the entire book! I am not sure how an author can manage to spin such an atmospheric feel with words that you are entirely caught up in the whole vibe. How is this really
Mary Beth
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Creepy Spooky Stars

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…

I loved this book. I did love The Broken Girls by this autho
David Putnam
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
DNF. This book just wasn't for me. I have to have the Fictive Dream, I have to be immersed in it. It just wasn't here. Great concept, though. This book has two different points of view in two different time periods. It's hard enough for an author to maintain character, cadence and forward motion of the story in one time period and hold the reader's attention. With the two pov's and time periods this becomes two separate books. And in this case I kept getting dumped out of the story. Part of it w ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As crazy as it sounds for two young women, in different times, to work at a motel that they know is haunted, I have friends who would jump at a chance to do so. Those friends are both true crime buffs and also interested in the paranormal. I have similar interests but will go only so far as to read about such things, whereas the two main characters in this book dove right into the heart of the crime and ghost mysteries.

The town of Fell, NY is a place stuck in the past. Even when Viv, the first
You know those rundown , L-shaped motels that you pass on road trips, despite the fact that you are so bone tired, that you are not sure that you could drive another mile...

The ones with the buzzing signs, that blink, Vacancy! Cable TV!


Welcome to the Sun Down Motel!

Located in Fell, a small town in upstate, NY- A town too small to have this many DEAD GIRLS.

Viv Delaney was just passing through in 1982. Running out of money before she could reach New York City, with dreams
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Dark, Ghostly, & So Good!

Something strange is going on at The Sun Down Motel.

In 1982, 20-year-old Vivian Delaney stumbles upon a job opening as the night shift clerk at The Sun Down Motel, located in eerie Fell, New York. During her shifts, Vivian begins to notice some inexplicable occurrences at the rundown motel: doors randomly opening and closing, strange phone calls, the smell of cigarette smoke when no one is present. It seems that the Sun Down is haunted. Making things even more dramatic
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I ain't afraid of no Ghost"

I don't know why upon finishing this book, I could not get Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song for Ghostbusters out of my head. "If there is something weird and it don't look good..." Thank you Simon St. James for that earworm and of course, for writing such an engrossing, creepy, haunting and riveting book.

The Sun Down Motel - an old Motel with secrets, ghosts and a dark tale to tell. Some get a room to sell drugs, some to drink themselves into oblivion, some to have a torri
Dorie  - Cats&Books :) (on hiatus until Oct 10)

My first introduction to Simone St. James was reading her previous novel The Broken Girls, it was one of my top 10 books last year. I went into this with a crazy amount of anticipation and hoping been another 5* read.

The novel revolves around a young woman, Carly, searching for the answer for why her long dead aunt Vivian disappeared. The family never felt any kind of closure because her body was never found. She just vanished one night during her late night shif
This is a Suspense Mystery/Thriller. This is so good. The book goes between Viv 1982 and Carly 2017. Viv started working nights at The Sun Down Motel after leaving her Mom's house, and the first night she worked there she know there was something wrong at the Motel. There was always weird noises and other weird things happening in the Motel. But, in time Viv solves the motel secret. The question does she get killed because she found out the secrets. Years later Carly goes to looking for what hap ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Great compelling murder mystery with supernatural elements! Carly tries to find out why her aunt Viv vanished from Sun Down Motel 35 years ago. Was she murdered? Did she really die? When working as night shift at the Sun Down Motel herself, Carly comes across an intriguing story about a series of women being killed within a couple of years. Was it the same killer or were several killers involved? Who was the killer and why was the police not able to track him down? Why did Viv vanish without a t ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thing that go bump in the night!

First things first - this was one of the most frightening books I’ve read in a very long time. I know, I can hear everyone’s snickers out there! But I just can’t handle horror. Paranormal scares the bejeebeezes out of me! And this book provided that in spades. Yet, I couldn’t put it down!

Told in two timelines.
1982: Viv left home at a young age to become the next shining star in New York. The problem was she never made it as far as the Big Apple. Instead, she foun
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars!

A dark, engrossing, chilling, gothic, suspenseful, atmospheric, mysterious thriller! Loved it!!!

After her mother’s death, Carly moves to the small town of Fell, to investigate the disappearance of her mothers sister, Vivian. Decades earlier, Carly’s aunt Vivian took a job as the night clerk at the remote Sun Down Motel. Unexplained strange things happen at this motel including the disappearance of Vivian from her shift one night. Police investigation provides no answers as to what hap
daph pink ♡
3 *spooky* stars ✨♥️

Nancy Drew meets Stephen King is not a bad premise for a book and I did get hooked on the mystery. Which is why this book is 3 stars not 2.

I actually had the feeling that if this book wouldn't have the spooky elements I wouldn't have even bothered to complete it. Like when I was half way through, I realised that the book could disappear and I wouldn't feel the need to get another copy and finish it.

Moving on to the detailed review!

1. Plot / storyline / theme

My love for sm
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
Can well all just take a moment and appreciate the perfection that is this cover???

So, so stunning. 😍

Now let me tell you why you all need to go out and grab a copy of this! Not only is Simone St. James an incredibly talented writer but she likes to get her spooky on and I'm a spooky kind of gal. My only regret is that I should have waited until closer to Halloween to sink my teeth into this one but patience is not a virtue of mine and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Like in her previous book (the
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Boo Hah! Hot spooktacular Diggity dang that was one fa-boo-lous scary good read that had me shaking my boo-ty to the creepy good vibe to this story. (I know how many puns can I get in one sentence) Hehee! It is one not to be missed!

The Sun Down Motel is an exciting, gripping, entertaining supernatural thriller, with one of the best characters here with the setting that I have read. The rundown motel takes on a life of its own and had me wanting to pull the covers over my eyes while reading it.
Berit Talks Books

Creepy, chilling, atmospheric, brilliant. Bravo Simone St. James! This book will make you believe in ghosts. Lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, the smell of cigarette smoke in the air, a hint of perfume, a woman in a floral dress telling you to “run“. After the death of her mother Carly heads to upstate New York with the intention of solving a family mystery. In 1982 Carly‘s aunt Vivian disappeared from the town of Fell, New York never to be seen a
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spooky, spine-tingling suspense, and creepy!

THE SUN DOWN MOTEL by SIMONE ST. JAMES is an engrossing, dark, gripping, chilling, and fabulous gothic mystery/thriller that I was immediately drawn into. I was totally immersed in this tale and completely devoured the supernatural aspects in this story. The story was so darn entertaining with that creepy and eerie haunted motel setting that I found this to be absolutely irresistible and un-put-down-able!!!!

SIMONE ST. JAMES delivers quite the atmosphe
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Danielle at Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
I’ve lived in this town all my life. Gone is gone.

I have to admit… this book was much scarier than I expected it to be. I went in expecting a classic mystery/thriller but this ended up being a lot more than that.

So, what’s this book about?
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 w
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A stunning cover, an unsolved mystery and a motel harboring both secrets and ghosts = another winning read by Simone St. James!

I absolutely devoured this book and with good reason. Once you start reading, you just can't stop! It's such a page turner!!! Simone St. James has captured all those creepy thoughts we all have about those roadside, seedy looking motels and turned things ALL the way up. Talk about a place you want to run far away from!

The story is told via 2 POVs. The past - it's 1982 a
This book should’ve been right up my alley - I loved The Broken Girls and I typically LOVE spooky thrillers that have paranormal vibes, but it took me days to finish this book which usually doesn’t happen for thrillers and I just didn’t care about these characters.

I felt like a lot of the story was really repetitive because we follow Viv in the 1980’s and then her niece Carly in 2017, and it was kind of hard to tell their chapters apart. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style because somethin
Holly  B
This old, seedy roadside motel setting had me running to grab this one!

This creepy, haunted motel has a past that it won't let go... slamming doors, traveling salesmen, and many unanswered questions. 

I loved the atmospheric setting and couldn't help but think of the Bates Motel. The same type of place you wouldn't necessarily want to check into! I was also picturing the Scooby Doo van about to roll up at any moment to help this girl Carly out.

The two timelines meshed together to solve a 35 y
5 Stars

“The Sun Down Motel” is Some Kind of Creeptastic!

Fell, New York.

Summer 1982: When Vivian Delaney arrives at The Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York, in the Summer of 1982, she is offered a job as the Night Clerk. Little does she know the place is haunted. The pungent smell of cigarette smoke. Locked hotel room doors swinging open and shut at odd hours. A woman in a floral dress appearing in the middle of the night. A young boy roaming round.

When Vivian Delaney goes missing one night Novembe
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
3.5 stars.

I didn’t read too much into the book and I was hoping it would be all like....

Nope, it was s mystery/thriller with some paranormal things. Oh well.

I love that freaking cover!!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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