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{Read Book} ê The Sun Down Motel ô The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirtyfive years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and awardwinning author of The Broken GirlsUpstate NY,Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City But something isn't right at the Sun Down, and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden… Nicolas Jouin: Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte Des Jansenismus Und Der Zeit VOR Der Franz�sischen Revolution (Classic Reprint) just as they did her aunt thirtyfive years before Perekonomian Indonesia in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and awardwinning author of The Broken GirlsUpstate NY,Every small town like Fell Das Winterlesebuch New York Nachtschwarz (Elfenblüte, has a place like the Sun Down Motel Some customers are from out of town The Legend of Banzai Maguire passing through on their way to someplace better Some are locals The Legend of Banzai Maguire trying to hide their secrets Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City But something isn't right at the Sun Down Deadlands and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden… ***NOW AVAILABLE***My first introduction to Simone St James was reading her previous novel The Broken Girls, it was one of my top 10 books last year I went into this with a crazy amount of anticipation and hoping been another 5* read.The novel revolves around a young woman, Carly, searching for the answer for why her long dead aunt Vivian disappeared The family never felt any kind of closure because her body was never found She just vanished one night during her late night shift working at reception in The Sun Down Motel In order to understand Carly’s point of view we must be taken back in time to when her aunt disappeared Meanwhile Carly will get a job at the Sun Down herself in order to try and find an answer.Here begin some of my problems with this book Lots of situations happened around the same time in the women’s timelines I also found situations were just too repetitive having to weave the two stories together At first I was just a little confused about whose story I was reading As I got into the story I did enjoy the ride but it wasn’t a page turner for me Ms St James’s writing here is top notch and the story is a good one I found the characters to be well described but I did have trouble with believability I asked myself so many times, why didn’t she just quit? Why would they intentionally put themselves in such danger? Who can anyone trust? In each storyline there is a good friend and a boyfriend.This novel has Ms St.Jame’s signature creation of a ghostly vibe and it’s a good mystery There were lots of lights going on and off, doors opening and shutting on their own, “smoke scent in the air” and apparitions Both Vivian and her niece Carly are looking for answers as to what is going on and putting themselves in grave danger.The ending moved my rating up to a solid 4 and I can definitely recommend it Ms St Jame’s followers won’t be disappointed.I would recommend this as a “long sit” read in order to keep the timelines straight and to ratchet up the tension and vibe This is a great Fall and Halloween read Publication is set for February 18, 2020 I received a ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.This was a Traveling Sisters read :) Twilight zone’s intro music blasting out in my mind: nananana!!!! I’m in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition and I’m at the dimension of imagination….Nanana!!!I cannot sleep! I cannot move! I cannot breathe! When I was younger so much younger than today I never needed anybody’s help in anyway but even all ghost members of Beatles cannot save me! I’m numb, terrified! I’m speechless! I’m about to do something in my pants but I don’t! I barely hold myself! Thankfully, I wore diapers before reading something sooooo scary! So I’m giving my 5 gaazzzzzillion ssstaaarss (I cannot even speak or properly write, this book is so horrifying! I wish I hold my childhood Teddy bear to gather my wits but I already ripped its head when I was nine, reading Salem’s Lot! Dammit!)It’s midnight in LA, even my 24/7 partying neighbor is sleeping My husband is still making entire Jurassic World’s sound effects by snoring loudly But I’m alert! Eyes shut open! Already all lights in the house are turned on! I’m at the verge of hysterical breakdown, waiting to see Sun Down Motel’s ghosts banging on the door Is this smoke I smell right now? Is this a salesman walking toward me? Who keeps knock, knock my heavenly house’s doors? Eric Clapton! Daattt! Freddy Mercury! Nope! He will rock not knock! Okay, I can’t stand any, dear lovely occupants of Sun Down Motel, I’m not night clerk, I’m just regular reader who loves your stories (I’m not talking about one of your friendly one named “Casper”, I actually find it overrated!) and Simone St James did an amazing job because I didn’t eat for 8 hours, I didn’t move an inch and now my legs turned into jellies that I couldn’t move them, they’re useless right now And of course I had limited booze service from my husband (you can imagine drinking and empty stomach could be definition of living dangerously!) I didn’t blink and I think my face is also paralyzed! I’m just looking like a survivor after over botox injections I didn’t even visit to bathroom so my bladder already performing “Under Pressure” as a tribute to Bowie and Mercury.As a summary: This book is mind blowing, horrifying and so much better than entire horror movies I’ve watched lately It’s better than Bad Times at the El Royale (I wish salesman Simon could dance like Chris Hemsworth but you cannot get what you want all the time!), entertaining as Bates Motel (this time night clerks are women and innocent, but we cannot say the same for the deceased occupants of the place whose souls stayed there for their unfinished businesses!) and they’re as creepy, spooky, disturbing as Overlook occupants So we have an amazing gem is an impressive combination of Vacancy, Inkeepers and Poltergeist.In 1982 Viv Delaney, night clerk of Sun Down hotel, vanishes into thin air They never find her corpse Nobody knows her whereabouts Till in the present time her niece Carly, arrives at the hotel, getting the same job her missing aunt had performed decades ago After her mom’s sudden death because of big C, Carly is so adamant to find out what has happened to her aunt By getting rid of the burden of the past, she feels like she may designate her own path for her own future steps.As soon as Carly arrives to Fell and starts her new gig, she’s going to find out, she’s living ten times worse experience of Paranormal Activity movie sequels and she knows who she is gonna call (of course Ghostbusters!) but there is bad reception at the hotel The story is narrated by two people and two timelines We move back and forth between 1982 and today We have Viv and her niece Carly as narrators They’re so interestingly similar each other, only their zones are different but both of them brave, smart, risk taker, loner, introverted, happy with their own terms and small things kind of ladies ( I thought too many times, Carly could be daughter of Viv Their instincts and approaches to the events, their actions are so similar.)Carly is too determined to find the secrets about the hotel and what happened to her aunt which puts her life in danger because she literally has to deal with the supernatural entities who could help her show the truth!!!!There are so many amazing characters such as Helen ( I visualized as Billie Lourd, only Carrie Fisher’s talented daughter could handle this creepy, weird but also loveable character.) And of course nobody knows what is like to be the sad man behind blue eyes Nick is also memorable character, hiding from his traumatic past, a great partner of crime to help Carly to solve the puzzle.I had great, terrifying time and I truly enjoyed every second of it by reading this book Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group to share this best ARC COPY and give me early Christmas gift in exchange my honest review And honestly guys, PLEASE READ IT, READ IT, READ IT!And special thanks to Simone St James for creating this amazing, memorable, stunning, mind blowing masterpiece!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter O.M.G 😱😱😱!!!! This was a GREAT book! I’m not one to hand out 5 star ratings But I loved this creepy story!! ❤️For me a 5 star equals: Great characters Great setting Great storyPlus: I don’t want to put it down and I think about the story even when not reading it, because it’s just that great!!This was told on two time lines:Viv in the early 80’sCarly (Viv’s niece) in present day They both worked the night shift at a very haunted motel But obviously there’s evento this mysterious story It really sucked me in I just loved it!!I listened to this very creepy audiobook, which was narrated very well, btw Anyway, I was finishing it up well past bedtime last night and I had to keep pausing it because every sound in the house was creeping me out!!Highly recommend this one, if you like ghost stories/mysteries! ❤️📚 ✧ find this review others on my blog ✧There is a video I came across on Twitter a couple months ago, of a woman giving other women tips on how to protect themselves and stay safe if they have to venture outside at night (complete with where to best hide a pepper spray, how to wield your keys like you would a knife, and how many clothes to layer on your body) There was urgency and fear in the woman’s voice, and a haunted, fatalistic quality in her eyes that struck such a fundamental chord with me The women in the replies were empathetic, understanding, grateful The men—who, by all appearances, had never been acquainted with true fear in all their days—were skeptical at best, deriding at worst “Isn’t she exaggerating?” They scoffed “It can’t really be that bad,” they decided.But this is the lesson of every woman’s life: that there are no safe places You will be defenseless You will be as soft sands before the waves of a man who decided you were to die.20yearold Carly Kirk, the protagonist of Simone St James’ horrifying but beguiling novel, is wellversed in the language of fear, native to every woman.Carly’s aunt—Viv Delaney—vanished into thin air from the seedy upstate New York motel she worked the night shifts at, and her disappearance remained deeply seared on Carly’s mind, a permanent mental hangnail.Though all Carly has to remember her aunt by was a newspaper clipping from 1982 and the grief in her heart, she sets out from her Illinois hometown to Fell, N.Y., searching on only the thinnest, most unlikely thread of hope, the need to find answers to her questions burning through her as though she were a candlewick In Fell, Carly tries to piece together an aunt who is gone from a few clues, scattered across a small town where secrets collected inside like black soot Carly’s quest gives her meek, unwelcome fear time to fuse into something cold, and when she blows the closet open, the skeletons spill out like blood at her feet.What follows is a twisty flashback/flashforward narrative that balances two central and interlinked mysteries, shifting in ways that no decent reviewer should disclose Although they don't exist simultaneously, Carly and Viv’s stories run in eerie parallels. This illuminates the terrible gulf of years between twenty and fifty, but it also reminds us that this story has happened for generations, is happening right now, and will most certainly happen again New grievances seem to always have a way of following old fault lines.The Sun Down Motel is the kind of novel that begs to be read at one in the morning, under the covers, with a flashlight in your hand Sleep is a thing I couldn’t remember while reading this book—the face and smell and texture of it all forgotten The novel’s breakneck pacing is backed up by a sensation of constant dread which creates a keepyouguessing air that’s simply magnetic I watched, the way a fisherman watches a darkening cloud on the horizon, as the pieces of a pattern drifted closer together, until every part of the puzzle yielded its secrets The motel not only plays a character in The Sun Down Motel, as many settings in good novels do, but it acts as part of the plot itself The unsettling energy that buzzes throughout the motel is magnified by the rapid dissolving of the boundaries between the real and the supernatural, and soon, every shadow grows ripe with meaning, every detail crying out for the reader’s attention.Both Carly and Delaney are engaging characters Brave and confident that their course would throw up no obstacles so large that they could not be plowed over with sheer force of momentum, Carly and Delaney fly headlong into danger, like a loosed hound, seeking vengeance Their stifled awe in the face of encroaching strangeness speaks, however, profoundly to our own numbness in a world where real wonders and horrors crop up every day Still, it’s hard not to feel, in the baser part of yourself, a savage snarl of rage, while reading this novel That sudden swoop of the stomach, the alltoofamiliar coursing anger—at the men, monsters, who grew weary of desire and developed a taste for causing pain and the gratuitous, unavenged deaths of so many young women I stepped out of this book feeling sick with that feeling, poisoned, turned inside out I still do, to be honest.If I have to point out a flaw in this novel, it would be the ending On the one hand, The Sun Down Motel closes with a jarring reveal that fully justifies the obscuring of truth and arrangement of clues that leads up to it, but on the other hand, the conclusion feels lean and abrupt to the point of coming across rushed The predictability of it has a flattening effect too, making singularly boring what should have been a defining moment, and I felt somewhat cheated of adramatic showdown that would resonatedeeply.That said, don’t let that discourage you from picking up this book Solid and smartly told, The Sun Down Motel is quite the remarkable achievement.☆ kofi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆