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The Sun Down Motel
The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls. Upstate NY, 1982. 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 there. Upstate NY, 2017. Carly Kirk has always been fascinated by her aunt Viv who disappeared from the Sun Down before Carly was born. Using a small inheritance from when her mom dies, Carly leaves college to go to Fell to figure out what happened to her aunt thirty-five years ago. Soon, Carly is mirroring her aunt's life, working as the night clerk at the motel, which hasn't changed since 1982. The guest book is still handwritten, the rooms still have actual keys, and a haunting presence still lingers. Carly discovers that Viv had been trying to unravel mysteries of her own--including a possible serial killer working in Fell. If Carly can find the answers Viv was searching for, she might be able to solve the mystery that has haunted her family for years.
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marleed
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I received this as a library loan on the first day available and was compelled to finish it quickly and return for the next person in the queue. Well, don‘t I just sound like a positive example for library loan etiquette! I‘m going to go with that instead of my other truth - I really liked this thriller and could not stop until I learned the fate of Viv!

mollyrotondo I can‘t wait to read this one! 2h
Rissa1 This is my current read, and I am so annoyed that life gets in the way of reading. 1h
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BeckyLeJ
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One of my favorite books so far this year! Creepy, atmospheric, and oh, so excellent!

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vivastory
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For half of 2011 I worked awake overnight shifts several nights a week. I can really relate to this passage.

Hooked_on_books In my many years in health care, I experienced both night shifts and work all day, be on call all night, and work all day again the next day. The night is definitely different. There‘s a lot I like about it, but I found when I was on straight night shifts that I had no idea when to eat. 14h
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I had the same problem. What also made it especially disorienting is that I was living in Minnesota at the time & it was during winter. So, for 5 days out of 7 I wouldn't see any sunlight because I would go home and go straight to sleep in the morning. 14h
Hooked_on_books Exactly! I was in Michigan, so same experience. 13h
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🎉Happy Pub. Day to The Sun Down Motel!!!🎉

It's one of my most anticipated books of 2020! I enjoyed it! There's mystery and supernatural in the mix!

Rating: 4⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3191692190?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

ljuliel I think this wins for coolest cover. I haven‘t gotten the book, but I sure like the cover. (edited) 2d
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AJackets
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Try to piece this one together! You'll keep guessing till the very end. Happy Release Day!

I took this photo for my job for release day.

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HAPPY PUB DAY!!

Carly left college for a "few" days so she could head to Fell, New York, to see if she could find how her Aunt Viv died or where she might be.

The Sun Down Motel was a creepy, out-of-the way place.

Carly saw strange things and knew she should leave, but she stayed.

The ending is twisty and brilliant. 5/5

FULL REVIEW HERE: https://tinyurl.com/ro69dyu

@simonestjames
#simonestjames
@penguinrandomhouse

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Rissa1
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The Dedication page made me smile! #murderino #alloftheabove

FlowerFairy SSDGM!!!! 🙌🏻 3d
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Kenziejo
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I official finished my first ever #BOTM pick and the #doublespin to my #bookspin picks. This was the book in the number one spot on my list, but I haven't read my OG #bookspin book yet. Oops. 🤷‍♀️😂 I'll get there, but in the meantime I LOVED this book. A really enjoyable, incredibly creepy mystery. I was 100% drawn into this. This makes me excited to see what else BOTM has in store for me because I would not have picked this book up otherwise.

TheAromaofBooks Definitely read my #doublespin book first, too! 😂 3d
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Megabooks
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I‘ve got a creepy book and some notes to start my #litsylove to keep me company tonight. And Henry is sleeping next to me, which is always nice! 🐩💕💌

I also ordered 7 new stationary bundles from Etsy! 😂 #shopsmall

Paperback.Propensity I just love stationery 😍 5d
Megabooks @Paperback.Propensity it‘s so pretty!! I‘ve found this great, reasonably priced one on Etsy and I just can‘t resist! 5d
Meaw_catlady Ooh I need to order some stationary from etsy!! Hope you‘re having a good night! 4d
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Paperback.Propensity It's so nice. What is the shop name? 4d
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady oooo!! Who do you buy from on Etsy? These are from whoiamdesign. I‘m doing well. Not getting much done, but still having fun. 😁😁 how are you?? 4d
Megabooks @Paperback.Propensity whoiamdesign They‘ve got a lot of cute ones and check their clearance. Great deals! 4d
Meaw_catlady @Megabooks I haven‘t actually ordered any before !!! I‘m looking now there are so many shops!! I‘m good just got done FaceTime watching TATBILB ps I still love you with my sister. 4d
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady that sounds fun! 🥰 I‘m so bad at watching new things. I bought the HBO doc The Dropout about Theranos last night. I don‘t subscribe and I just buy things from HBO on Amazon occasionally. Anyway, I‘m so bad at paying attention to new shows, I only made it 40 min in. 😂 I was able to watch tv in vet school, but since, I‘ve only been able to read! A good trade imo. 4d
Meaw_catlady @Megabooks that is a good trade off ! I get a lot more reading done with the tv off! But I get addicted to shows sometimes. Like Schitts Creek! 4d
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady I have never watched that but my dad likes it. The only “new” thing I‘ve been watching is the old Hell‘s Kitchen episodes on Amazon. I don‘t pay attention much though. It‘s not particularly hard to follow. 4d
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady lol. I‘m a bit obsessed with Gordon Ramsay shows. He‘s hilarious 4d
Cathythoughts This book is showing up a lot lately here! I have it stacked already, it looks fo good ... 4d
Megabooks @Cathythoughts it‘s just the right amount of creepy so far! 4d
Bookwormjillk I never thought to order stationary from Etsy. Great idea 💡 4d
Crazeedi @Bookwormjillk I never have either! @Megabooks etsy's a good place for stationary? 4d
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk @Crazeedi There are a few places I‘ve ordered from over the years. One is out of business. The linked one above has cute things at reasonable prices. This one I‘ll tag is the one I‘ve used to buy custom thank yous for my mom. It‘s more expensive but really high quality! https://www.etsy.com/shop/CurioPress I‘m looking forward to exploring more shops! 4d
Somethingwitty How is this?? It's been stuck in my maybe pile. 4d
Megabooks @Somethingwitty I‘m not quite far enough to say. I‘ve been falling asleep all day. It‘s creepy and well written so far, but I don‘t feel comfortable totally recommending it yet. 4d
Crazeedi @Megabooks thanks for info!! 3d
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Meghan1
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I Loved this one! Awesome ghost story/mystery!

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heyitsMacall
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Spooky! I haven‘t read many books about hauntings. Thumbs down for the ending though.

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I really, really enjoyed this #BOTM! I‘m not normally a fan of supernatural stuff but I love a good mystery and I love suspense... and now I suppose I do enjoy a good ghost story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This has a retro vibe that reminds me of the show Cold Case. I did not want to put this one down and fell asleep with it on my face a few nights. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Meghan1 I am in the midst of this one right now and am enjoying it! 2w
BlameJennyJane @Meghan1 I‘m happy to hear that you are enjoying it! 2w
j.rye I can‘t wait until my hold comes through at the library on this!! It sounds so good 😍 1w
BlameJennyJane @j.rye it‘ll be worth the wait!! I was really in a reading slump prior to reading this and it pulled me right out! 1w
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Tiffiney
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Creepy good! Every time I picked it up I didn‘t want to put it down. I‘m definitely becoming a Simone St James fan after The Broken Girls and this one. She spins a great ghost tale! I anxiously await her next book...

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I had to keep putting this book down because it mostly scared the hell out of me. I don‘t do well with ghost stories, but there is far more to this book than ghosts. It is an intelligent, enthralling mystery that spans 35 years. There is a back and forth eerily parallel narration between past and present. The ending is satisfyingly final. Don‘t read this book at night, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

avgeyer This is on my TBR, sounds right up my alley! I will probably not heed your advice and read it at night 😂😂 2w
Suelizbeth @avgeyer 😹I admit I‘m a bit of a wimp. 2w
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Meghan1
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This was my January BOTM. Loving it so far!!

ReadingSusan I just started this! 2w
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Velvetsun
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Have yet to finish a book in 2020. I seem to have lost my reading mojo. 😕
Maybe this will be the book to snap me out of the never ending reading slump.

Bookzombie I hope your slump ends, but don‘t be hard on yourself. 🙂💗 2w
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“Libraries were my places. I was that girl who maxed out her library card every week, starting with The Hobbit and The Witch of Blackbird Pond and moving up from there. I could kill an hour by wandering into an unfamiliar part of the Dewey Decimal System and checking it out. Computers, card catalogs, microfiches—I could navigate them all.”

A girl after my own heart ❤️

Suet624 💕💕 2w
Beatlefan129 Gosh, I loved that one so much when I was younger 2w
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Bookishlie
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When it‘s almost midnight and you can‘t sleep.....read about a creepy motel and girls who work the night shift.....that‘ll help. Lol

SumisBooks 😂😂😂 2w
BookishMe Love her dose of mild spooky! It's hard to put down regardless of the hour 😅😅 2w
Bookishlie So true story..... DNf‘d her first book, wasn‘t in the mood so I‘ll try again later. I bought this one because I confused her with someone else.....and this book is really good so far. I‘m only like 6 chapters in though.... 2w
Cathythoughts This one sounds good ! I have it stacked already 2w
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AJackets
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I am OBSESSED with Simone St. James new book! This is the page turning thriller we have been waiting awhile for. Yes it is that but BETTER! I cannot hype this enough right now! #HYPE #BookLove #BOTM #bookofthemonth #mustread #Bookstagram #readersofinstagram #doublefilternoway

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Kellykoalla
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This was one of my January Book of the Month picks.

There was a lot that I loved about this book. It gives some new Nancy Drew tv show vibes which was actually really fun.

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AJackets
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Starting this months Book Box from #BookOfTheMonth #mustread #botm

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Copwithabook
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Holy cow I loved this book! A thriller with a touch of ghost story! Yes please! I can‘t wait to pass this along so I can talk to someone else about it. Also, excuse my messy dining room table.

vivastory Your dinner looks delicious!! I selected this as an add-on for #botm this month. Looking forward to it! 3w
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This was a fun, creepy ghost story/murder mystery. The author created a very real atmosphere of spookiness and decay, but the characters were often somewhat thin. 3⭐️

tjwill I loved this one! 3w
Cathythoughts This sounds good 👍🏻stacked 3w
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JenlovesJT47
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1. I‘m currently reading Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box — it‘s quite good so far!
2. I read so many good books in January but my three favorites are The Sundown Motel, The Giver of Stars and The Bell Jar. ❤️
3. Does the TV show Jack Ryan count? 🤔 I haven‘t read the books yet 😬

#WeekendReads

rachelsbrittain I definitely think that counts! My dad loved the first season but I just couldn't stomach the violence 🙈 3w
JenlovesJT47 @rachelsbrittain the violence gets worse in season 2! 😳 But my hubby loves it so I had to watch 😆 Plus I have a soft spot for John Krasinski (I just call him Jim lol) ❤️ 3w
rachelsbrittain @JenlovesJT47 oh wow that is hard to even imagine lol! But yeah John Krasinski was the redeeming factor of season 1 for sure 😂😂 3w
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Creepy ghost story? Check. Atmosphere oozing out of the pages? Check. This is a great book. Don't read it right before bed. 👻

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Brewychock48
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Well, I just started this today. I like it. The motel is creepy.
#BOTM

Brewychock48 Well, definitely liking this book. This is my second book of Ms. St. James,and I plan to read her other books❤️💜📚📖 3w
Caffeinated_Reader I loved this one too! I am ordering more by her because this was the first I‘ve read. 3w
Brewychock48 @Caffeinated_Reader ,she is a great story teller. She really grabs your attention and keeps you hooked. 3w
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Kenziejo
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My school is out the rest of the week due to illness. We had 25% of our students out district wide. That doesn't count the huge amount that went home during the day. I'm hoping to spend the time getting ahead on lesson planning and my own school work, but for now I think I'll try out my first #BOTM selection.

LiteraryinLititz Oh my gosh! That‘s serious. I hope you can dodge getting sick and enjoy the downtime. 3w
Eggs Flu? Enjoy your reading and stay well ❣️ 3w
Kenziejo @LiteraryinLititz @Eggs Thanks guys! I'm hoping I can stay away from it all. It's definitely been a bad flu season around here. 3w
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Finished! I really liked this! At first, I wasn‘t too sure about the whole ghost story part of it, but the author really makes it work. Now to get up and get ready for work; I really just want to lay in bed all day. Work is kicking my butt lately. Anyway... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Butterfinger Hope you have a good day. 3w
LonelyPineReads I really enjoyed this book when I read it last week! Love a good paranormal side to a story. 3w
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The twist wasn't hard to work out but I really enjoyed this one! The perfect ghost story for people who don't think they're a fan of ghost stories 👻 #BOTM

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staci.reads
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Perfect read for a foggy, cold day in front of the fire. Carly is investigating her aunt's disappearance 35 years after she went missing. The book alternates chapters between the different decades of Viv and Carly's stories. Murder, ghosts, a creepy hotel, and lots of strong, smart female characters.

Lauraandherbooks Sounds like a great read!!! 4w
Slajaunie Looks lovely!! 💙📖 4w
BookishMe Her books are such spooky awesome ;p 3w
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Book_ish
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This is my second 5 star book of 2020, I don‘t know what‘s happening but I hope that it keeps on happening!

Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3109357009

mcctrish I love this cover 4w
Book_ish @mcctrish isn‘t it amazing?!?! 4w
jillrhudy Looks fun 4w
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Liking this one so far.

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AmandaS1
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Great horror pick

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Jilly6183
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Not as good as The Broken Girls, and I saw the twist coming from a mile away, but still an enjoyable and spooky story.

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Callemarie
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Sitting back on this friday evening and finishing this book with a good beer. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!!

Louise Sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night! 4w
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I was thrilled when I saw that this one was one of the January #BOTM options! I love St. James‘ writing and her latest one is truly excellent! Told in two timelines thirty-five years apart, I enjoyed both narrators- Viv in 1982 and Carly in 2017, as they both sleuth around Fell, New York and the titular spooky motel. I read this one in practically one sitting! Some twists are easier to see coming than others but all in all, I loved it!

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hermyknee
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It‘s been a minute since I‘ve done a survey! Thanks @laurenslibrary for creating this one 💖 #thursdaysurvey

1. Physical books & audiobooks
2. Library, Book of the Month, book stores
3. Yes!
4. Audible subscription
5. The Sun Down Motel from #BOTM

laurenslibrary Thank you for playing! 1mo
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hermyknee
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Did I get halfway home from work and then turn around because I realized I left my book on my desk? Yes, yes I did.

Not mad about it.

sprainedbrain Been there, done that. 😂 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘ve done this!!!! 1mo
rather_be_reading ha!! i def wouldve done the same 1mo
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Callemarie
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Simone St. James gave a shot out to murderinos. I LOVE IT

olivia.ferz Sounds like a book for me 😋STACKED!! 1mo
JackOBotts Ahh!! 🖤💚💜 Love it! 1mo
Seesydneyread This makes me want to read this book even more!!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
magyklyXdelish This is on my TBR! Hope it‘s good 🤞🏼 1mo
Abbeybee I already knew I wanted to read this book, but this makes it so much better!! 4w
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caitlynmhastert
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January 2020 - Book 6/52

#popsugarreadingchallenge

Prompt: Favorite 2019 Prompt (A Ghost Story)

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hermyknee
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Nico was just begging for a Litsy photo op posing like that by my books!

#dogsoflitsy #nico

DGRachel So beautiful! 1mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🐶aaawwww! 1mo
xxjenadanxx What a cutie!! 1mo
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Stacypatrice I would give him anything he wanted after this pose 🥰 1mo
Bette Best. Face. Ever. 🐶❤️ 1mo
Balibee146 Gorgeous pup 🐶🐶 1mo
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#6 of my year. This was my BOTM pick and I can‘t wait to begin. I am back on a roll with my reading and that makes me a happy girl!

xxjenadanxx I love Simone St James! Can't wait to read this one! 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader @xxjenadanxx I am absolutely hooked on this book. This is my first time reading his work and I must get more! 1mo
xxjenadanxx I discovered her by chance last year looking for.a book for a Halloween challenge. The Haunting of Maddy Clare is what I chose and got hooked. The Broken Girls is also super good. 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader Omg bravo. I haven‘t stayed up all night to finish a book in a while and can I just say this one was totally worth staying awake for. I was so into the book my dinner got cold and I skipped it all together. I loved this story. Full of ghosts and mysterious family tragedy and drama. It was great. 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader @xxjenadanxx I‘m a bonehead lol I just finished and realized that it‘s not a him but a her haha I LOVED this story so much. I have to read her other books for sure. 1mo
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Book_ish
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Guess who finally made BFF status!!! 🙌🏽

Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳 1mo
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tjwill
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😱 Viv leaves home at 20 to make her own way. She ends up working the night shift at the Sun Down Motel, where there are few guests, but that doesn‘t mean it‘s always quiet. She begins investigating some deaths of young women in the town, and begins to uncover more than she can handle alone.
Thirty-five years later, her niece Carly wants to investigate the disappearance of her aunt Viv, and she ends up investigating those same events.

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Jilly6183
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SSDGM!

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LazyLibrary
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ghost stories are a difficult sell for me. I don‘t like gore, & I don‘t want to be kept up all night jumping at every sound. The Sun Down Motel is the perfect mix of spooky & the creep factor was high. A quick read with a satisfying mystery. January book of the month pick ☝️This is a good one to read during the fall 👻🎃 So, add it to your stacks! #botm

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Kenziejo
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As if I didn't already have enough books on my TBR, I just signed up for BOTM... #SomeoneStopMe

Megabooks Welcome to the cult! 😂😂 1mo
LazyLibrary BOTM is the best part of the month!!!! 1mo
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LazyLibrary
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Almost done with this creepy read👻 #thesundownmotel #botm

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Tera0707
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Up next... We played “What should mom read next?” and this was the winner. Which I‘m happy about because I was secretly rooting for it 😆

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Amie
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This was super creepy and very good! I devoured it all yesterday. I'm generally tired of the dual timeline thing, but it was done fairly well in this book. The two timelines were so similar sometimes that it was hard to keep them straight, but that might have been an intentional part of the structure. There were some errors in some very minor details, mostly time period details, or things that just felt more later 1980s than 1982.

#netgalley

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