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The Sun Down Motel

By Simone St. James


326 pages

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. JamesWhat’s it about? This ghost story/mystery flips back in time from the 1980’s to present day.  20-year-old Viv Delaney shows up in Fell, New York and takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel.  A short time later Viv disappears with no trace.  Her niece Carly comes back to Fell in 2017 to try to figure out what happened.  Ghosts, murders, and a creepy hotel are the backdrop to this murder mystery.What did it make me think about? This was a plot driven mystery.  No thinking required.  Just turn the pages. Should I read it? This started out slow for me.  Very implausible, lots of ghosts- but I kept at it and the plot picked up.  If you suspend your disbelief and hold on this book turns into a satisfying murder mystery. Quote- “Night people were not the same as day people.  The good people of Fell, whoever they were, were sound asleep at three a.m. Those people never saw the people Viv saw: the cheating couples having affairs, the truckers strung out on whatever they took to stay awake, the women with blackened eyes who checked out at 5 a.m. to futilely go home again.”

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