You know those rundown motels that you pass on road trips, the motels where you can park right at the door to your room? The ones with the buzzing signs that blink vacancy and cable TV? The really creepy ones? Welcome to the Sun Down Motel, located in Fell, a small town in upstate NY.
Viv Delaney was just passing through in 1982. Running out of money before she could reach New York City, with dreams of becoming an actress, she takes a job as the night clerk at The Sun Down. Something isn’t right at the motel, but Viv is compelled to investigate...and then she disappears...
In 2017, Viv's niece Carly is drawn to Fell, NY after her mother's death.
She wants to find out what happened to Vivian and ends up following in her Aunt's footsteps.
She too takes a job at The Sun Down as a night clerk, some things never change..
With a badass heroine, dual timelines, ghosts, one of the creepiest atmospheres, and layers of backstory that build and build. This book is rich with chills and suspense. It is one of my favorites.
— Amy Handley
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
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 New York Times 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.
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
"Simone St. James knows that true terror, as she effectively illustrates in The Sun Down Motel, goes beyond things that go bump in the night....St. James deftly melds an engrossing mystery with a tense supernatural thriller....keeps the tension high with myriad surprising twists."—Associated Press
“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
"This creepy supernatural thriller will send shivers down your spine.”—GoodHousekeeping.com
“[A] truly nightmarish trip back and forth in time and into the supernatural...guaranteed to keep readers rapt...What a story!”—Booklist (starred review)
“This novel is a creepy delight.”—The New York Post
"When are we too old for ghost stories? As long as they are as taut and twisty as Simone St. James' latest novel, make that never....Readers of this thoroughly entertaining thriller won't be disappointed."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“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