By Simone St. James
Since it is October, I thought I would share one of my fav ‘a bit scary’ stories!
4+ Should have given 5 Stars!
I went into this novel not only much about it. I like psychological thrillers and this came up as a must read from readers I follow who have similar taste in books.
Immediately the cover had me. The Sun Down Hotel certainly reminds me of the 1960 “Bates Motel” ~ I know you remember from the horror movie “Psycho”!
Story is told in 2 POVs Then and Now
Then 1982 ~ 20 year old Vivian Delaney is running away from family’s home in Illinois to New York City. She ends up in New York but not NYC. Figured she earn some money and then move on. She gets a night clerk job at “The Sun Down Motel’ and soon finds strange things are happening…. ‘Twilight Zone’ type of things happening. …light on and off, doors opening and closing and the smell of smoke. I kept waiting for “Talky Tina” to appear.
This small Upstate New York town seems to have more than the average deaths. After doing her own investigating 3 months after arriving at “THE” motel; she goes missing.
Now 2017 ~ 35 years later, Viv’s 20 year old niece Carly Kirk and has always wondered about her aunt’s disappearance. After her mother’s death, Carly set out from nice comfortable Illinois home to Fell, New York. She rents a room in a boarding house ~ actually rents the same room her aunt did in 1982, additionally gets a night clerk job at “THE” motel. Twilight Zone things are still happening.
This is my first author: Simone St. James novel. She certainly is my kind of a story teller.
Aww I want to thank her for a great dark spine tingling suspense novel.
I am looking to her next creepy story! Perhaps “Talky Tina’ will make an appearance in that one.