The Sun Down Motel
Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of to ...more
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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 dram/>Something ...more
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 ...more
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, terrified! I’m speechless! I’m about to do something in my pants but I don’t! I barely ho ...more
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 previou ...more
The ones with the buzzing signs, that blink, Vacancy! Cable TV!
The REALLY CREEPY ones?
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 cou ...more
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 shift working at receptio ...more
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 year old mmany ...more
1. Simone St. James.
2. This cover.
3. The fact that this is coming out in just a few months.
Give it to me!!!
...and just like that, thank you so much for my ARC, Berkley!
You are too good to me and I love it!!!!
The town of Fell, NY is a place stuck in the past. Even when Viv, the first ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
“This place is dark.”
“Some of us like the dark. It’s what we know.”
Me immediately prior to reading this book . . . .
If you follow my reviews, you know I’ve been kind of in a book slump – especially when it comes to wrongreading giant hits that everyone else all over the intertubes have been loving. I attempted to lower my expectations before starting this one (I didn’t fall head-over-heels for The Broken Girls so I was trying to be realistic), but damn the cover alone had me like “Heyhttp://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ ...more
I think this would work well for those readers looking for a campy B movie type thriller. You know, the kind where you totally suspend disbelief and spend the entire movie yelling at the amateur sleuth MC for doing stupid things. But you love it anyway.
And you can accept ghosts. A lot of ghosts. That ...more
Exquisite storytelling per usual, however the plot line is a bit of a departure for Ms.St. James (not in a bad way! Just a bit unexpected.) We have the usual ghost story in combination with what’s happening in the land of the living, however there is a bit more crime violence than expected.
This dual timeline story is one that will leave you fascinated, stumped, and oh-so-creeped out. So very cinematic, this could ...more
This is one not to be missed!!!
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 ...more
In 1982, Vivian is twenty years old and, just to get away from home, runs to New York City, except she’s waylaid by the creepy guy who offered her a ride and insists on getting out before he can do more than put ...more
Carly is a young College student who's mom passes away from cancer. But her mom always mourned her sister Viv who left thirty five years ago and never heard from her again. So Carly decides she's going to Fell, Ny to find out what happened to her Aunt Viv. Carly decides to take a job at the motel her Aunt worked in Fell, Ny The Sun Down Motel. And so begins her investigation where she's trying to find out about her aunt but then a ...more
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 an ...more
This was my first Simone St. James book and now I am a fan! Two alternating storylines track Vivian, working the night shift at The Sun Down Motel, and her niece Carly, determined to get to the bottom of her aunt’s disappearance 35 years ago. Set in Fell, a small town in upstate New York, that seems to have more than its fair share of murdered girls.
The motel seems to be haunted and I kept thinking – get out of there – while all the creepy events swi ...more
I loved The Broken Girls, the first novel we sold from Simone St James - original and page-turning story-telling that has the perfect combination of investigative narrative, and hauntingly creepy atmospheric writing.
Now! In her new February release she ups the anti~ both Viv and Carly's voices are spot on; their stories are artfully meshed throughout the book, making it very hard stop reading!
I love how firm the plot is, while maintaining her spooky, yet historically driven narrat ...more
Wow wow wow I love this book so much and I want to gush about it but I can’t because it comes out in February. You want a book with ghosts? Look no further!
I read The Broken Girls last year and loved it for the paranormal elements, so I was highly anticipating this upcoming release.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about The Sun Down Motel since I read it a few days ago. A badass heroine, dual timelines, ghosts, one of the creepiest atmospheres, and layers of ...more
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