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

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The following is 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…

My Thoughts:

I’m going to start off by saying that I don’t read many suspense novels, so I don’t have much to compare this one with. I also listened to it on audiobook, and I’m so glad that I did because the audiobook made it feel like I was watching some kind of detective film/show where I was trying to uncover the mystery alongside the characters.

While I don’t read this genre that much, I will definitely say that the elements of suspense and mystery were done really well. I was invested pretty much from page one in finding out what was going to happen next – I listened to this in maybe 3 sittings, if that’s any indication. I could couldn’t put it down! It was so engrossing.

There were points throughout the book that I forgot that I was listening to an audiobook. I felt like I was in the story with the characters trying to uncover the mystery. I was trying to piece together the puzzle to figure out what really happened and how everything was going to play out in the end.

When it came to characters, I liked the main ones, Carly and Viv; though I think that was what was kind of lacking for me. While they were pretty interesting, they fell a little flat for me. I don’t want to say that they were generic, but they didn’t necessarily stand out. But then again, the characters weren’t the main focus of the story, so I didn’t mind it too much.

My favorite part of the story was probably how each chapter flipped between Carly and Viv’s perspectives. And as the story went on, I was able to see the connections of what Carly was uncovering and what was going on with Viv in the past. That part was really well done, and it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time.

As for the ending, well, I didn’t see it coming whatsoever. Which was good on the author’s part. The story was written really well in the sense that Simone St. James was able to sprinkle bread crumbs of information throughout the story rather than give it all away all at once. And by the end, pulls a twist that blew my mind.

I would definitely consider picking up the author’s other books that she published, especially if they’re anything like this.

So there you have it. I overall really enjoyed this book. Have you read it? What did you think about it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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