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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James


by Simone St. James 
February 18, 2020 
336 pages
Genre: Horror, thriller, ghosts
Publisher: Berkeley
ASIN: B07S1K42R2 
ISBN: 9780440000174
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 isnĘžt 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. 


Carly Kirk has wondered what happened to her aunt Viv who vanished in Fell, New York while working at the Sun Down Motel. She moves to the town and ge
ts the same job her aunt held, night reception clerk at the hotel.

Ghosts of a murder victim who was dumped there while the place was being built, a young boy who fell into the pool and drowned, plus a former clerk who still smokes like he used to there, haunt the place still. Time and the way things are at the motel appear to remain the same as in the 1980s when her aunt was there. As Carly investigates what happened to Viv after she walked out the door one night, she becomes embroiled in the same mysteries her aunt had. Chapters alternated between Carly and Viv’s. 

A chilling, unsettling mystery that is also horror with spirits will yank the reader into the storylines of both Viv and Carly.

I give The Sun Down Motel 4 ½ sheep




Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney 


About the Author:
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Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two prestigious RITA® awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She writes gothic historical ghost stories set in 1920s England, books that are known for their mystery, gripping suspense, and romance.

Simone wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. She worked behind the scenes in the television business for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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