The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Winner winner chicken dinner! What a great ride. “Never judge a book by its cover.” Well, I’m so glad I did for this one. This book was a spectacular mix of ghost story and crime thriller. Very atmospheric, and very spooky. This wasn’t horror but it did send chills down my spine. And so much more than a ghost story. Told in parallel stories, 1982 and 2017, a young woman returns to the town where her aunt mysteriously disappears 35 years earlier and falls eerily into her old life. The novel then beautifully slides into a well-written murder mystery. The ending was wrapped up in a pretty little bow a little more than it had to be but still worked great. I devoured this book in a day. Five stars.