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 GirlsUpstate NY, 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 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 author and this one is just as good I loved the atmosphere and the spooky creepy vibe The motel really had the creep factor going on The Sun Down Motel is haunted and it has very creepy customers The whole town of Fell is so spooky This is the perfect Halloween book It hooked me straight from the beginning and didn t let go until the end I loved the ghost story and how it then turned into a thriller and mystery The suspense kept me turning the pages and kept me reading into the early hours of the morning There are several twists and turns that have me surprises I loved the plot I was intrigued and couldnt wait to find out what was going to happen next I loved the two timelines and loved Viv s the best.The characters were so well developed and it was very well written I felt so sorry for Viv.I loved Carly, she made a great investigator Also loved Alma the cop too The Traveling Salesman freaked me out as much as the ghosts did and then when Callum came into the story, he was scary too I loved the ending and I highly recommend this book to those that love a spooky thriller.This was a Traveling Sister Read.I want to thank Berkley, Edelweiss and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 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 dramatic are the creepy customers who come to stay At the same time, young women in Fell are being murdered Vivian plays investigator and when she comes up with a lead, she vanishes without a trace.Fast forward to 2017, Vivian s 20 year old niece, Carly, arrives in Fell seeking answers about her aunt Vivian s disappearance Carly finds herself doing Vivian s old job at the Sun Down and also begins to notice the strange happenings at the motel As she investigates her aunt s disappearance, she finds herself in extreme danger.There are so many things I loved about this book Simone St James transported me to Fell, NY The atmosphere is rife with eeriness The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking that it would make for the perfect Halloween read The supernatural plays a large role I am not the most tolerant when it comes to the supernatural, but it works in this book The ghosts serve a purpose not to scare, but to remind of events from the past Vivian and Carly share some of the same characteristics, but their voices are distinct The mystery is intriguing and while the plot is not the most complex, I was riveted and could not put this book down It was a little rocky in the beginning and felt like a cheesy tv movie, but the the better it got I was wholly entertained by The Sun Down Motel and I highly recommend to those who enjoy creepy, atmospheric mysteries I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 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, terrified I m speechless I m about to do something in my pants but I don t I barely hold myself Thankfully, I wore diapers before reading something sooooo scary So I m giving my 5 gaazzzzzillion ssstaaarss I cannot even speak or properly write, this book is so horrifying I wish I hold my childhood Teddy bear to gather my wits but I already ripped its head when I was nine, reading Salem s Lot Dammit It s midnight in LA, even my 24 7 partying neighbor is sleeping My husband is still making entire Jurassic World s sound effects by snoring loudly But I m alert Eyes shut open Already all lights in the house are turned on I m at the verge of hysterical breakdown, waiting to see Sun Down Motel s ghosts banging on the door Is this smoke I smell right now Is this a salesman walking toward me Who keeps knock, knock my heavenly house s doors Eric Clapton Daattt Freddy Mercury Nope He will rock not knock Okay, I can t stand any, dear lovely occupants of Sun Down Motel, I m not night clerk, I m just regular reader who loves your stories I m not talking about one of your friendly one named Casper , I actually find it overrated and Simone St James did an amazing job because I didn t eat for 8 hours, I didn t move an inch and now my legs turned into jellies that I couldn t move them, they re useless right now And of course I had limited booze service from my husband you can imagine drinking and empty stomach could be definition of living dangerously I didn t blink and I think my face is also paralyzed I m just looking like a survivor after over botox injections I didn t even visit to bathroom so my bladder already performing Under Pressure as a tribute to Bowie and Mercury.As a summary This book is mind blowing, horrifying and so much better than entire horror movies I ve watched lately It s better than Bad Times at the El Royale I wish salesman Simon could dance like Chris Hemsworth but you cannot get what you want all the time , entertaining as Bates Motel this time night clerks are women and innocent, but we cannot say the same for the deceased occupants of the place whose souls stayed there for their unfinished businesses and they re as creepy, spooky, disturbing as Overlook occupants So we have an amazing gem is an impressive combination of Vacancy, Inkeepers and Poltergeist.In 1982 Viv Delaney, night clerk of Sun Down hotel, vanishes into thin air They never find her corpse Nobody knows her whereabouts Till in the present time her niece Carly, arrives at the hotel, getting the same job her missing aunt had performed decades ago After her mom s sudden death because of big C, Carly is so adamant to find out what has happened to her aunt By getting rid of the burden of the past, she feels like she may designate her own path for her own future steps.As soon as Carly arrives to Fell and starts her new gig, she s going to find out, she s living ten times worse experience of Paranormal Activity movie sequels and she knows who she is gonna call of course Ghostbusters but there is bad reception at the hotel The story is narrated by two people and two timelines We move back and forth between 1982 and today We have Viv and her niece Carly as narrators They re so interestingly similar each other, only their zones are different but both of them brave, smart, risk taker, loner, introverted, happy with their own terms and small things kind of ladies I thought too many times, Carly could be daughter of Viv Their instincts and approaches to the events, their actions are so similar Carly is too determined to find the secrets about the hotel and what happened to her aunt which puts her life in danger because she literally has to deal with the supernatural entities who could help her show the truth There are so many amazing characters such as Helen I visualized as Billie Lourd, only Carrie Fisher s talented daughter could handle this creepy, weird but also loveable character And of course nobody knows what is like to be the sad man behind blue eyes Nick is also memorable character, hiding from his traumatic past, a great partner of crime to help Carly to solve the puzzle.I had great, terrifying time and I truly enjoyed every second of it by reading this book Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group to share this best ARC COPY and give me early Christmas gift in exchange my honest review And honestly guys, PLEASE READ IT, READ IT, READ IT And special thanks to Simone St James for creating this amazing, memorable, stunning, mind blowing masterpiece 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 torrid affair, some to sleep for the night after a long day of driving, some for prostitution But the Motel has a history, a history those in the town of Fell know about but aren t always so willing to talk about A Motel where things really do go bump in the night Viv Delaney worked as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel and soon begins to notice things that that aren t quite right Things that are creepy, scary and strange Intrigued, she begins to investigate the Motel s history, because that is what you do right, when doors open and close on their own I d be so out of therejust sayin But then one day, Viv isn t there any.Carly arrives in the town of Fell, with questions Her aunt Viv Vivian went missing after working as the Night Clerk at the Sun Down Motel Her mother died never knowing what happened to her sister Carly wants to know as well and as luck would have it, the Sun Down Motel needs a nigh clerk, so Carly accepts the position As she begins to ask questions and look up the Motel s history, she too begins to hear, smell and see that things which go bump in the night.Oh, how I love a good haunting Simone St James who knocked my socks off with The Haunting of Maddy Clare has done it again This book played out like a movie in my mind I could imagine everything happening This book is eerie, atmospheric and chilling She has created intriguing characters who can t quite help but to put themselves in intense situations because of their curiosity Apparently, no one warned them about what curiosity did to the cat Initially, I did struggle keeping track of which young woman s storyline timeline was being told, but I found my stride and had no problems after that I found this to be an engaging, delightfully creepy haunting which delivered I loved how everything came together in the end This is the perfect book to read on a chilly October night as Halloween approaches Plus, how about that cover 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 happened to Vivian Haunted by the tragedy that happened before she was born, Carly begins her search at the Sun Down Motel, only to be offered a job as the night clerk Carly finds herself in the same role that her aunt Vivian had before she vanished Will Carly be able to uncover the long buried secrets and get the answers she hopes for I loved this book The atmosphere was thick I felt every spine tingling scare that Carly felt I was with her there in that run down motel, holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen next The author, Simone St James, created a storyline that completely engrossed me within the suspense and mystery I felt like I truly knew the characters, the small town and the motel The story is brilliantly narrated in two timelines perspectives through Carly in 2017 and her aunt Vivian in 1982 Loved the pace and flow it kept me curious and hungry to read just one chapter My one tiny critique is that I felt a couple things near the end were a stretch for me to accept.I will warn you that this novel is quite ghost y I am not one who generally attracts to ghost y type novels, however, this story simply felt so real and kept me fully immersed and invested that I never doubted the supernatural element I read and loved Simone St James previous novel, The Broken Girls This book was just as good I m a huge fan and look forward to what this author comes out with next I must make note of how much I LOVE THIS COVER Thank you to Berkley for sending me a physical copy to read and review with The Traveling Sisters Expected Publication Date February 18, 2020. 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 shift working at reception in The Sun Down Motel In order to understand Carly s point of view we must be taken back in time to when her aunt disappeared Meanwhile Carly will get a job at the Sun Down herself in order to try and find an answer.Here begin some of my problems with this book Lots of situations happened around the same time in the women s timelines I also found situations were just too repetitive having to weave the two stories together At first I was just a little confused about whose story I was reading As I got into the story I did enjoy the ride but it wasn t a page turner for me Ms St James s writing here is top notch and the story is a good one I found the characters to be well described but I did have trouble with believability I asked myself so many times, why didn t she just quit Why would they intentionally put themselves in such danger Who can anyone trust In each storyline there is a good friend and a boyfriend.This novel has Ms St.Jame s signature creation of a ghostly vibe and it s a good mystery There were lots of lights going on and off, doors opening and shutting on their own, smoke scent in the air and apparitions Both Vivian and her niece Carly are looking for answers as to what is going on and putting themselves in grave danger.The ending moved my rating up to a solid 4 and I can definitely recommend it Ms St Jame s followers won t be disappointed.I would recommend this as a long sit read in order to keep the timelines straight and to ratchet up the tension and vibe This is a great Fall and Halloween read Publication is set for February 18, 2020 I received a ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.This was a Traveling Sisters read 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 only one I have read Now THIS I am ashamed of , The Broken Girls, we have back and forth chapters, one in the present and one in the past 1982 Viv Delaney takes a job working the night shift at the Sun Down Motel It appears not all is still and silent in the night and Viv sets out to discover the mysteries of the Sun Down Until the night she vanishes into thin air never to be found again Present Carly, having recently lost her mom to cancer, decides to investigate the mystery of her long lost Aunt Viv Her mother mourned her sister until the day she died but never wanted to speak of her Carly decides to go to Fell, NY and the Sun Down Motel in search of answers Imagine her surprise to find out that the Sun Down Motel is looking for a night clerk and so she applies Maybe working the same position at the same hotel in which her aunt disappeared will reveal some answers She is about to get much than she ever bargained for because the Sun Down Motel is restless at night. Come on in the building seemed to say with it s jagged up and down lights, its blue and yellow neon cheeriness Get some sleep Take it easy until the sun comes up again And if you see someone sitting at the end of your bed, pay them no mind That s just one of my secrets And I m not going to tell 4 perfect for Halloween stars Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. 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 mileThe 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 could reach New York City, with dreams of becoming an actress, she takes a job as the night clerk at The Sun Down.Cigarette smokeThe doors to locked rooms swinging open one by one..a whiff of perfume..And, a woman in a floral dress warning her to RUN Compelled to investigate, till she too disappears..2017 Viv s niece Carly is drawn to Fell, NY after her mother s death She wants to find out what happened to Vivian and ends up following in her Aunt s footsteps.She too takes a job at The Sun Down as a night clerk SOME things never change..I wanted an atmospheric, ghost story for Halloween, and I got one I grew up reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books, so Viv and Carly playing amateur detective, was right up my alley Some readers may feel that some of the chapters seem repetitive as first one sleuth, and than the other, makes her discoveries, 35 years apart, but it did not bother me, as Viv s chapters in the 80 s felt so nostalgic that their voices were distinct to me Reading this book in my dark backyard last night, my IPAD screen glowing, and the hairs on my arms standing up, I couldn t go to sleep till I found out if Carly would get justice for Vivian..Thank You to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Simone St James for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review.If you enjoyed The Broken Girls this one will not disappoint you Available Feb 18th, 2020 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 year old mystery made this an entertaining who dunnit Carly was the amateur detective and was determined to get answers.While it was a spooky read, I was hoping for a little spine chilling twists and creepy turns For me this one was of a spooky adventure where Carly is on a mission.If you are looking for a unique crime read with some ghostly happenings, this one is quite entertaining and perfect for the season.OUT on Feb 18, 2020Thanks to the publisher and NG for my review copy. 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 and Viv Delaney has dreams of making it in NY as an actress but she ends up in Fell as a night clerk at the Sun Down Motel What starts out as a temporary stop ends up being the last place anyone ever sees her One night she simply vanishes and her family never hear from her again The present Viv s niece Carly is drawn to Fell after the death of her mother She is determined to find out what happened to her aunt Viv The two stories mesh together, to reveal the truth of the Sound Down Motel I love how St James weaves ghosts into her stories and this one was really well done It added such a spooky element to the storyline and a great twist to the mystery This story was totally up my alley a 80s vibe, creepy motel with ghosts and spooky happenings, a Nancy Drew esque vibe with the main characters and it even had a hot guy Needless to say, I enjoyed this so much A highly recommended read for my fellow mystery and thriller fans Thank you Simone St James, Berkley Penguin Publishing and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this arc All thoughts are completely my own.
- 336 pages
- The Sun Down Motel
- Simone St. James
- 21 March 2018 Simone St. James