Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

This book has been everywhere lately and with good reason! I have been a fan of Simone St James for quite a while. I read The Broken Girls a couple of years ago and then quickly binged the rest of her books, loving each and every one!

When I saw that this book was coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! This is one of those authors and books that received a ton of hype and while sometimes I am weary of overly hyped books, this was one I was sure to love. All of her books have been great and I knew I had nothing to fear from this new release!

I sat down one afternoon and read it so fast that I was shocked to look up and find that it was dark outside! Not to mention I was cold and that wasn’t because it was cold in my house….this was a spine chilling book!


The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden (summary from Goodreads)


In my opinion, St James is the queen of Gothic suspense right now. All of her books have so much atmosphere and Gothic elements that fans of the genre can really sink their teeth into! She always writes such spooky books. I mean eery book of hers I have read has kept me up at night and given me the creeps and I absolutely love it! This book was no different!

If you haven’t read St James before, be advised this book is spooky and creepy! When I first read The Broken Girls, I had no idea it was going to be as spooky as it was, the same with her other books. Before St James, I rarely read spooky books but she does such a good job at balancing the right amount of creep with mystery that now I love spooky books!

While reading this book, I was so stressed out and worried for the characters! It was so well written with lots of suspense! I just couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen and found it difficult to put a bookmark in once I got going. I don’t want to give anything away with this one because it’s literally so incredible and I can’t stop telling everyone I know that they need to read it! I also have a giveaway for this one up on my Instagram because I just want to share it with everyone!

The hype is real but with good reason! This is one of the best books I’ve read all year and if you are even considering reading this one just do yourself a favor and read it already. It might be a little spooky but even me (who is a chicken when it comes to that sort of thing) loved this one and the balance between mystery and creep factor was perfection!

Book Info and Rating

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Berkley
ISBN 0440000173 (ISBN13: 9780440000174)
Free review copy provided by, Berkley Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars (can I give it more???)
Genre: mystery/thriller


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