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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Publication Info: Published January 20, 2020 by Berkley. I read the Book of the Month Club edition. Other editions available from your favorite bookseller.

Summary: Thirty-five years ago, Viv Delaney vanished from her job as a hotel night clerk and was presumed dead. Now her niece, Carly Kirk, wants to discover what happened to her aunt.

Carly travels to the town of Fell, in upstate New York. She initially drives to Vivian’s old apartment and learns that the young woman now renting it is looking for a roommate. Carly decides to stay in Fell for a while and takes the apartment. After learning why Carly is in town, her new roommate and friend, Heather, takes her to the hotel to show her around. Carly sees the Sun Down Motel and realizes not much has changed since the time her aunt worked there. There is an air of dissipation about the place, with its barricaded empty pool and vintage furnishings. After telling Carly a bit about the history of the motel, and its reputed hauntings, Heather informs Carly that there is a job opening — for the same job and shift that her Aunt Vivian worked before she disappeared.

Carly decides to take the job while further investigating her Aunt’s life in Fell. As she delves deeper into the past, the hotel’s restless ghosts both frighten and guide her toward the truth of what happened in 1982.

Comments: As a kid I loved reading ghost stories. The spookier the better! I’ve read very few as an adult, as most are either of are the bloody hack and slash variety or have very unsatisfactory and mundane conclusions. The Sun Down Motel is a creepy and genuinely old-fashioned ghost story. I won’t say more than that lest I spoil things. But if you are a fan of ghost stories, or a suspense reader looking for something a little different, I think you’ll like this one.

Highly recommended for readers of supernatural stories, ghost stories and psychological suspense.

My Rating: 5 STARS

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