Simone St. James will sign and discuss The Sun Down Motel (Berkley; $26).
Simone St. James is the award-winning author of Lost Among the Living; The Other Side of Midnight; Silence for the Dead; An Inquiry into Love and Death, which was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada; and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. 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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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
A “clever and wonderfully chilling” (Fiona Barton) suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare—a National Bestseller!
England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside.
London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
“Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow....”
In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide.