Book Review

The Sun Down Motel


In Fells New York, there is a roadside motel. Viv Delaney starts to work there as a desk clerk in 1982 to save up to move to New York City and disappears one day. Carly Kirk hears about the mystery of the Sun Down decades later and must be the one to solve the mystery.

My Thoughts 

I’ve heard a lot of mix reviews about this thriller, but I really want to read it because the synopsis just sounded so intriguing to me. I love a good motel thriller and this one met all my expectations and more! I loved this book so much and was so happy that I ignored the haters and just read the damn book. 

This book was just SOOOOO CREEPY. Omg I loved everything about it! I haven’t read a terribly creepy thriller in a long time and honestly this one had me jumping from every little thing I heard in my house. I just find hauntings to be horrifying and serial killers to be morbidly curious and this one met all those boxes. The idea of being at a haunted motel late at night where death surrounds you at every corner is just spooky good. 

The book was told in two perspectives and both characters were from different timelines and it just added a new level of creepy!! The multiple POV added such an air of mystery and overwhelming need to find out what was going to happen next! There were so many amazing plot twists and secret reveals in this book that my eyes refused to leave the page! My head is still spinning from the craziness of the book and I probably will think about it forever! I mean some parts were a little predictable, but worked well with the storyline and it didn’t really bother me. I think it’s just me because I read WAY too many thrillers. 

The characters in this book were crazy amazing and I felt such a bond with the two main characters. They were like a dog with a bone and refused to let go, it was crazy! The characters were all extremely interesting and all played a very necessary role to give this book a wonderful and complete story. The main character, Carly and Viv, were so passionate about their missions that it actually transferred to me as a reader to find out the culprit! I only wish that the author gave more depth to Callum’s character. His placement in the plot was interesting, but I thought it could have been executed just a little better. 

There was also a twinge of romance in this thriller that was a cute and happy surprise because most thrillers take something cute and just decimate it until it is ugly and almost sad. It was a little bright spot in a very creepy affair. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this great thriller and hopefully I can find another one that matches up. 

My Book Rating

5/5 Suspense  

5/5 Heebie Jeebies 

5/5 Plot

5/5 Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James 

Genre: Thriller Mystery 

Published on February 18, 2020 by Berkley (BOTM)

Copy Read: Hardcover

Pages: 327

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