The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Review)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library via Libby

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Narrator: Brittany Pressley, Kirsten Potter

Length: 11 Hours & 5 Minutes

Publication Date: 18th February 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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 Girls.

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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

The Sun Down Motel was a very atmospheric read with its creepy paranormal aspect that will have you wanting to know exactly what’s going on. 

This is a well written book, with an engaging storyline that will want you wanting to know exactly what is going on. The story unfolds through dual timelines that are told from two different POV’s.  One POV is from the character Viv in 1982 and the second by Carly, Viv’s niece in 2017. I really enjoyed the way the two POV’s were done but when listening to the audiobook I did sometimes have trouble to tell the difference between the two stories as they were quiet similar. 

I was really looking forward to discovering how the book was going to end, and although it was an ending I found acceptable I did feel that it was a little rushed.

I didn’t particularly like the characters but found them intriguing. The main characters Viv and Carly were interesting, they seemed to be so similar in so many ways but yet so different.

As I mentioned earlier I did listen to the audiobook, and the narrators did very well. I feel they made the book feel even creepier and glad I opted for the audiobook. 

All in all, a great read and having now read two of St. James book and enjoying them both can’t wait to read more from this author.

I would recommend this book to anyone who like paranormal stories, true crime and thrillers. 

My Rating


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