The Sun Down Motel (Hardcover)

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The Sun Down Motel is quite the page turner and left me in shock at the end of the book.  The author sets the stage between 1982 and 2017 with alternating time chapters with characters telling us their story.  Viv disappeared I 1982 while working the nightshirt at the motel.  In 2017, her niece, Carly following her footsteps taking on the job as nightshift worker at the same hotel.  Carly is obsessed with what happened to her Aunt 35 years ago and is on a mission to solve the eatery.  I loved the suspense level in this book, coupled with unsolved murders and shady ghosts living in the motel, makes this one of my favorite reads yet! - Christina

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 haunting The Sun Down Motel. I could talk about it for days and days (and will be for quite some time). - Cindy

— From Simone St. James



Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

About the Author

Simone St. James is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls, Lost Among the Living, and The Haunting of Maddy Clare. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.

Praise For…

Praise for The Sun Down Motel

“Deliciously creepy. A chilling blend of mystery and ghost story that will thrill fans of both.”—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door

"Simone St. James knows that true terror, as she effectively illustrates in The Sun Down Motel, goes beyond things that go bump in the night....St. James deftly melds an engrossing mystery with a tense supernatural thriller....keeps the tension high with myriad surprising twists."—Associated Press

“There are very few novels that leave me feeling genuinely spooked....Simone St. James's The Sun Down Motel is very much one of those books, taking twists and turns that are equal parts compelling and creepy.”—PopSugar
"This creepy supernatural thriller will send shivers down your spine.”—
“[A] truly nightmarish trip back and forth in time and into the supernatural...guaranteed to keep readers rapt...What a story!”—Booklist (starred review)
“This novel is a creepy delight.”—The New York Post
"When are we too old for ghost stories? As long as they are as taut and twisty as Simone St. James' latest novel, make that never....Readers of this thoroughly entertaining thriller won't be disappointed."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Spooky, unsettling, and brilliantly written, The Sun Down Motel is mesmerizing from the first page. A breathlessly suspenseful supernatural mystery that will hook you early, and never let go.”—Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts, ITW Thriller Award winner for Best Novel
Product Details
ISBN: 9780440000174
ISBN-10: 0440000173
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English