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 USA Today 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 USA Today 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.

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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

"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

“Simone St. James takes danger and fear to a new level with The Sun Down Motel, a place so chocked full of secrets, the rooms all but tremble at their door hinges. An excellent blend of mystery and the mysterious. Don't miss this.”—Jamie Mason, author of The Hidden Things
“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

Praise for The Broken Girls

"Mixes a creepy supernatural tale with a gripping mystery."—Associated Press
"Has everything you could want: mysterious murders, haunted boarding schools, and a mystery that spans 60+ years."—Bustle

"[A] seriously creepy read."—PopSugar

"Clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage in a very modern ghost story until the early hours."—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow 

"Riveting...frighteningly believable."—Booklist (starred review)

"Equal parts captivating and disturbing."—HelloGiggles

"Part hauntingly Gothic and part suspenseful crime drama, The Broken Girls is a bona fide page-turner."—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out

"A spellbinding tale of fervently held secrets, mysterious murders, and a boarding school for the unwanted. Told through deftly intertwined timelines, this Gothic ghost story held me rapt until its dark, final twists. An addictive read not to be missed." —Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday

"Ghosts, twists and a riveting plot make for a masterful Gothic mystery....The plot is seamless, the mystery riveting, and the appearances of Mary Hand kept the chills running up and down my spine."—The Free-Lance Star

"An intense, genuinely creepy novel....With a ghostly setting and an addictive plot, St. James' story is as haunting as it gets—poignant, evocative and difficult to forget."—BookPage
Product Details
ISBN: 9780440000174
ISBN-10: 0440000173
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
Pages: 336