The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

5915C6B4-7942-48D9-9560-13C99F7C4B5BThank you to Berkley books for providing me with a free copy of The Sun Down Motel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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.

My Review:

This book has been getting a lot of hype, early readers are loving it!  I can tell you that I am right there with them, The Sun Down Motel is a very fun read and definitely deserving of all the attention it’s getting!

My favorite part of this novel is the setting, so much revolves around the motel and I felt like it was a character in it’s own rite. St. James included The Sun Down Motel in so much of the story that it took on it’s own ominous personality. That alone makes this a very unique book and one that I think will stick with me for a long time.

The only critique I have is about a little redundancy in the dual story lines.  Viv in 1982 is chasing the path of a serial killer, then Carly in 2017 followed a lot of the same leads trying to find her aunt so at times it felt like reading some parts twice.

However, this was a very enjoyable read for me overall. I was pulled in right from the start with the chapters alternating between past and present. The ghosts were creepy (though I was not scared by them) and everything came full circle very nicely. I recommend this to anyone who likes a mystery or ghost story,.  Very well done!