Thursday 12 March 2020

Review: The Sun Down Motel by 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.

Review: Well I expected this to be a straight up thriller but what I got was part murder mystery and part horror and once I had adjusted my expectations for the rest of the book I really enjoyed it.

I love the fact that this was a dual narrative dual timeline, I find that kind of structure so compelling because you need to get back to each timeline to find out the impact of what you just read in the past/present! The fact that the two women are related and are in the same location gives it even more interest and intrigue.

Viv and Carly are interesting as main characters because you don’t necessarily like them but they are just so intriguing and cause so much trouble they really stir up the storyline. I really like the fact that these characters have a connection but aren't so closely related that we feel that that ties them into being the same person. There are a host of other very 'intriguing' characters, none of whom I especially liked but all of whom lend something to the atmosphere of this novel. 

In terms of being scary or thrilling I think this book walks the fine line in having a balance of both. You have to suspend your disbelief a little so that you can take on the idea of ghosts and strange goings on but I think that that is a good thing because not enough books push readers to do this under the guise of a thriller or crime in this way. 

As I say, this was an unexpected genre for me but I really enjoyed this one and it definitely gave me the thrill I was looking for. 

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