The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James Review

I have been loving thrillers lately. When I read the synopsis of The Sun Down Motel I knew it was perfect for me. I took it to Savannah and devoured it when we were on the beach.

1982. Viv Delaney is headed to New York City to pursue an acting career. When she makes an unexpected stop at The Sun Down Motel she decides to take a job as the night clerk to help finance her dreams. Quickly, she find out that there are some horrible secrets lurking at the motel.

2017. Carly Kirk wants to solve the mystery of her Aunt Viv’s disappearance. When she visits The Sun Down Motel she learns things have not changed since 1982. She ends up in wrapped up in the same secrets and mysteries that captivated her aunt so many years earlier.

My Thoughts on The Sun Down Motel

For the most part, I loved this story. The dual timelines were interesting. There were a few times where Viv would be researching something and the answer would be revealed in Carly’s timeline. Then we would see Viv live the results out. The research/reveal aspects were handled in a unique way.

Toward the middle of the book I did feel like there was a lull in the action. There were less pieces of the puzzle that fit together. I felt myself losing interest until a major plot twist happened and all the puzzle pieces began to make sense again.

I’m glad the paranormal elements were included. I love a good haunted motel story. This one gave me the creeps.

The Sun Down Motel was a well executed mystery told in an interesting way. I want to talk about the ending, but I don’t want to spoil it. I will just say that the ending was satisfying. It took a different direction than I expected.

My Rating: 4/5

I hope everyone is staying well!

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