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The Sun Down Motel NOW AVAILABLE 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 r NOW AVAILABLE 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 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 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 possible It is thoughtrust me I was at the Sun Down Motel..yep I was I could hear the ice maker rattling down the hallway, I could smell the musty smell of years of neglect I could feel myself gearing up for fight or flight as I knew something really bad was going to happen I could visualize the dirty carpet and thin, stained bedspreads.Eww.That is just one of the many factors that made this book absolutely fantastic The story line was so interesting that I was captivated the whole time With a dual time line of an aunt that had gone missing in 1982 and her niece who wanted answers to questions in 2017, it constantly kept you are your toes Especially when Carly decides to work at the Sun Down Motel doing the exact same job as her aunt Viv did twenty years prior Did I mention Viv went to work one night and never came home Not much has changed at The Sun Down Motel No flipping way would I last one single night there..hells to the NO As you guessed it, I loved this book Perhaps going to be my favorite book of the year Okay I hear you, it is only January 15th but I guarantee we will be having this same conversation at the end of the year This book is that good 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 Another Booktube video this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 so far Now that you know this fabulous book made the list, check out the video to see the restSun 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 experiencingdisturbances during the night shift at the Sun Down Motel Ones that had he Another Booktube video this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 so far Now that you know this fabulous book made the list, check out the video to see the restSun 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 experiencingdisturbances 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 seen, everything I think, is trueAnd just like thatshe disappeared She felt like crying She felt like screaming She felt sick In modern day, Carly spent her life watching how that disappearance affected her mother And when Carly s mother dies, Carly is drawn to Fell the last known location of her Aunt Viv.At first Carly tells herself that she wants to do just a little bit of exploration perhaps even find out what happened to her aunt.Butwhat started out as an innocent curiosity quickly became something much Some of us like the dark It s what we knowAnd almost without realizing it, Carly finds herself drawn to the location of Viv s disappearance only realizing too late that there was something else drawing her there all she could hear was her own breath sawing in and out of her lungs Oh man.Ohhhh man.This was a wild one.First and foremost the Sun Down Motel provided just the perfect backdrop for a truly spine chilling tale It had so many creepy little things and really set up the entire book.I loved the alternating view points and this is something I don t say too often They were so well balanced and really gave the story that extra pop.Viv s perspective had so much mystery and played out beautifully And I truly had no idea where Carly s view point was going which just made me absolutely addicted to this story.The way Simone St James interwove ghost stories and the other terrifying elements definitely brought everything together.All in all this was a FABULOUS buddy read with Tucker the Reader With thanks to the author and Berkley Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads 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 storyPlus 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 sCarly Viv s niece in present day They both worked the night shift at a very haunted motel But obviously there s evento this mysterious story 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 storyPlus 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 sCarly Viv s niece in present day They both worked the night shift at a very haunted motel But obviously there s evento this mysterious story It really sucked me in I just loved it I listened to this very creepy audiobook, which was narrated very well, btw Anyway, I was finishing it up well past bedtime last night and I had to keep pausing it because every sound in the house was creeping me out Highly recommend this one, if you like ghost stories mysteries 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 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 evendramatic 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 evendramatic 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 downIt was a little rocky in the beginning and felt like a cheesy tv movie, but thethe 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 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 headIf there is something weird and it don t look goodThank 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 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 headIf there is something weird and it don t look goodThank 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 find this review others on my blog 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 where to best hide a pepper spray, how to wield your keys like you would a knife, and how many clothes to layer on your body There was urgency and fear in the woman s voice, and a haunted, fatalistic quality in her eyes that struck such a fundamental chord find this review others on my blog 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 where to best hide a pepper spray, how to wield your keys like you would a knife, and how many clothes to layer on your body There was urgency and fear in the woman s voice, and a haunted, fatalistic quality in her eyes that struck such a fundamental chord with me The women in the replies were empathetic, understanding, grateful The men who, by all appearances, had never been acquainted with true fear in all their days were skeptical at best, deriding at worst Isn t she exaggerating They scoffed It can t really be that bad, they decided.But this is the lesson of every woman s life that there are no safe places You will be defenseless You will be as soft sands before the waves of a man who decided you were to die.20 year old Carly Kirk, the protagonist of Simone St James horrifying but beguiling novel, is well versed in the language of fear, native to every woman.Carly s aunt Viv Delaney vanished into thin air from the seedy upstate New York motel she worked the night shifts at, and her disappearance remained deeply seared on Carly s mind, a permanent mental hangnail.Though all Carly has to remember her aunt by was a newspaper clipping from 1982 and the grief in her heart, she sets out from her Illinois hometown to Fell, N.Y., searching on only the thinnest, most unlikely thread of hope, the need to find answers to her questions burning through her as though she were a candlewick In Fell, Carly tries to piece together an aunt who is gone from a few clues, scattered across a small town where secrets collected inside like black soot Carly s quest gives her meek, unwelcome fear time to fuse into something cold, and when she blows the closet open, the skeletons spill out like blood at her feet.What follows is a twisty flashback flashforward narrative that balances two central and interlinked mysteries, shifting in ways that no decent reviewer should disclose Although they don t exist simultaneously, Carly and Viv s stories run in eerie parallels This illuminates the terrible gulf of years between twenty and fifty, but it also reminds us that this story has happened for generations, is happening right now, and will most certainly happen again New grievances seem to always have a way of following old fault lines.The Sun Down Motel is the kind of novel that begs to be read at one in the morning, under the covers, with a flashlight in your hand Sleep is a thing I couldn t remember while reading this book the face and smell and texture of it all forgotten The novel s breakneck pacing is backed up by a sensation of constant dread which creates a keep you guessing air that s simply magnetic I watched, the way a fisherman watches a darkening cloud on the horizon, as the pieces of a pattern drifted closer together, until every part of the puzzle yielded its secrets The motel not only plays a character in The Sun Down Motel, as many settings in good novels do, but it acts as part of the plot itself The unsettling energy that buzzes throughout the motel is magnified by the rapid dissolving of the boundaries between the real and the supernatural, and soon, every shadow grows ripe with meaning, every detail crying out for the reader s attention.Both Carly and Delaney are engaging characters Brave and confident that their course would throw up no obstacles so large that they could not be plowed over with sheer force of momentum, Carly and Delaney fly headlong into danger, like a loosed hound, seeking vengeance Their stifled awe in the face of encroaching strangeness speaks, however, profoundly to our own numbness in a world where real wonders and horrors crop up every day Still, it s hard not to feel, in the baser part of yourself, a savage snarl of rage, while reading this novel That sudden swoop of the stomach, the all too familiar coursing anger at the men, monsters, who grew weary of desire and developed a taste for causing pain and the gratuitous, unavenged deaths of so many young women I stepped out of this book feeling sick with that feeling, poisoned, turned inside out I still do, to be honest.If I have to point out a flaw in this novel, it would be the ending On the one hand, The Sun Down Motel closes with a jarring reveal that fully justifies the obscuring of truth and arrangement of clues that leads up to it, but on the other hand, the conclusion feels lean and abrupt to the point of coming across rushed The predictability of it has a flattening effect too, making singularly boring what should have been a defining moment, and I felt somewhat cheated of adramatic showdown that would resonatedeeply.That said, don t let that discourage you from picking up this book Solid and smartly told, The Sun Down Motel is quite the remarkable achievement ko fi blog twitter tumblr 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 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 s gorgeous cover art being splashed across social media, it s feature as a January 2020 pick for Book of the Month, and the many lists that it has been featured on prior to publication Did I mention it s a BOTM pick for JanuaryThe tricky part is convincing those readers who typically steer clear of any mention of the supernatural to pick up this book, and I truly believe some of you will love it regardless of this inclusion, because the paranormal aspect plays a rather small role in the overarching story.In my humble opinion, the feature that makes The Sun Down Motel a stand out novel is the incredibly eerie atmosphere The upstate New York setting was a character of its own, and the ability to fully immerse myself in this oppressive motel that was off the beaten path is what kept my mind constantly circling around the story, even when I wasn t reading it The intentionally claustrophobic writing was key to keeping both the past and the present storylines married to one another, and I ll be a monkey s uncle if it wasn t one of the most brilliant tactics I ve seen recently While this could be considered a slow burning mystery, due to the heavy emphasis on the amateur detective work playing a large part of the narrative, I couldn t turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened next.There were two reasons why this book wasn t a 5 star read for me the repetitive nature of the past and present chapters, and the underwhelming, rushed climax of the book While I wholly appreciate and understand the need for establishing plot progression in both tenses, many passages read almost word for word as the same conversations, which slowed the pacing down I feel like maybe some fade to black moments, or implied info dumps off page would have kept the accuracy in tact while saving the reader from experiencing the same dialogue twice, and perhaps exchanging information reveals in an alternating style between tenses would have been helpful Once the ending came, the last 50 pages felt so rushed as such a slow and steady build up, and while I was pleased with the way all the stories tied up, I could have used a bitextension in that portion Overall, a fabulous read and one that makes me look forward to future books from the authorMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


About the Author: Simone St. James

Simone St James is the award winning author of The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full time She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.


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