The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel

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 t...

Details The Sun Down Motel

TitleThe Sun Down Motel
Release DateFeb 18th, 2020
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Sun Down Motel

  • Meredith
    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 ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 abou...
  • Debra
    "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 dr...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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. P...
  • Michelle
    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 ash...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    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 he...
  • Jayme
    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 mile...The 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 ...
  • Holly B
    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...
  • marilyn
    As crazy as it sounds for two young women, in different times, to work at a motel that they know is haunted, I have friends who would jump at a chance to do so. Those friends are both true crime buffs and also interested in the paranormal. I have similar interests but will go only so far as to read about such things, whereas the two main characters in this book dove right into the heart of the crime and ghost mysteries. The town of Fell, NY is a ...
  • Tammy
    I’m not typically a fan of ghost stories or stories involving the supernatural but St. James gets me every time. Once again, I was reading at night while home alone and nearly jumped out of my skin each time my phone pinged with an incoming text. A dual timeline moves between 1982 and 2017 and tells the story of a missing Aunt whose niece is determined to find out what happened. Throw in murdered girls and a sleazy motel that attracts denizens ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “This place is dark.”“Some of us like the dark. It’s what we know.” Me immediately prior to reading this book . . . . If you follow my reviews, you know I’ve been kind of in a book slump – especially when it comes to wrongreading giant hits that everyone else all over the intertubes have been loving. I attempted to lower my expectations before starting this one (I didn...
  • Melisa
    So incredibly creepy on many different levels - a perfect spooky read!Exquisite storytelling per usual, however the plot line is a bit of a departure for Ms.St. James (not in a bad way! Just a bit unexpected.) We have the usual ghost story in combination with what’s happening in the land of the living, however there is a bit more crime violence than expected. This dual timeline story is one that will leave you fascinated, stumped, and oh-so-cre...
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
    Hot spooky dang that was good!! Now that's good storytelling!!! A good creepy yet entertaining ghost story, a mystery and the best creepy setting ever that comes alive and pulls you right into it! I loved it all!! And what a cover!!! This is one not to be missed!!! RTC
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    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! Th...
  • Theresa Alan
    I really enjoyed the first book I read by Simone St. James called The Broken Girls. The Sun Down Motel has similar themes to that novel in that once again, you’ll need to suspend disbelief and believe in ghosts. It’s also told in a similar way by alternating chapters and points of view. In 1982, Vivian is twenty years old and, just to get away from home, runs to New York City, except she’s waylaid by the creepy guy who offered her a ride an...
  • Lisa Zetes
    I love this book, it was really fast paced and spooky.Carly is a young College student who's mom passes away from cancer. But her mom always mourned her sister Viv who left thirty five years ago and never heard from her again. So Carly decides she's going to Fell, Ny to find out what happened to her Aunt Viv. Carly decides to take a job at the motel her Aunt worked in Fell, Ny The Sun Down Motel. And so begins her investigation where she's trying...
  • DeAnn
    4.5 creepy motel starsThis was my first Simone St. James book and now I am a fan! Two alternating storylines track Vivian, working the night shift at The Sun Down Motel, and her niece Carly, determined to get to the bottom of her aunt’s disappearance 35 years ago. Set in Fell, a small town in upstate New York, that seems to have more than its fair share of murdered girls.The motel seems to be haunted and I kept thinking – get out of there –...
  • Jillian Doherty
    wow wow WOW! I loved The Broken Girls, the first novel we sold from Simone St James - original and page-turning story-telling that has the perfect combination of investigative narrative, and hauntingly creepy atmospheric writing. Now! In her new February release she ups the anti~ both Viv and Carly's voices are spot on; their stories are artfully meshed throughout the book, making it very hard stop reading! I love how firm the plot is, while main...
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    ALL THE STARS! Wow wow wow I love this book so much and I want to gush about it but I can’t because it comes out in February. You want a book with ghosts? Look no further! I read The Broken Girls last year and loved it for the paranormal elements, so I was highly anticipating this upcoming release.I haven’t been able to stop thinking about The Sun Down Motel since I read it a few days ago. A badass heroine, dual timelines, ghosts, one of the ...
  • Dennis
    Simone St. James has done it again, folks! After reading her memorizing book, The Broken Girls last year, I was more than excited to find out that she has another book coming out next year—the ominous and enticing The Sun Down Motel ! Ms. St. James obviously has a fool-proof strategy when it comes to dark, gothic noir mystery novels because this book was so fun to read. It follows in the same vein of The Broken Girls, but located in Upstate Ne...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    Oh my gosh this book is everything!! It was a mistake for me to say I’m just going to start the first chapter before bed, because I could not put this book down! I was lost in each characters story and I needed to know more! Alternating point of views just added more to the story line! Viv has just left home it’s 1982 and her parents just divorced she’s hoping to move to New York to become an actress. After hitchhiking she ends up at in Fel...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Dual timelines, a mystery in the present and the past, interesting characters, building suspense - what more could you want from a thriller?! For my friends who are not ghost people - it’s a small component here and I normally don’t read supernatural elements and I loved this one - so don’t let that deter you! The writing is strong, the plot is captivating & you won’t want to put this one down. It’s coming in February so do yourself a f...
  • Cindy Burnett
    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I have not stopped telling people about it since I finished it. First, the cover is the about the coolest cover I have ever seen. Second, the book is simply fantastic; I absolutely loved it. The pacing is perfect; it’s awesomely creepy but not overly scary; and it is one of the best books I have read in a while. Her characters are so well developed, and I rooted for both Viv and Carly as they sought to determine what was h...
  • Shelby
    In the summer of 1982, Viv Delaney is desperate for a fresh start. She’s headed for NYC but somehow ends up in a small town called Fell in Upstate New York instead. 20-year old Viv takes a job the Sun Down Motel working the night shift. But on her very first night there, Viv realizes this isn't some normal motel—doors swing open by themselves, the lights randomly go out and worst of all, Viv sees people who aren’t there. This spurs Viv to l...