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…




Audiobook review


5 surprised stars!


This was totally an “Instagram and the hype made me buy it” kind of read.

I was hesitant as people talked of ghosts and I am a scaredy cat, not into horror at all but after The Diviners by Libba Bray, also with horror element, I gave it a chance and … I am so happy!

This story was told from two point of view, decades apart.

We follow Viv when she left Ilinois to go to New York. She won’t reach New York city but well the state of New York where she’ll stay in the small town of Fell, working as the night clerk at the Sun Down motel.

Fell has seen several disparitions and violent murders of young women these last years. When Viv discovers that the motel is haunted by the ghost of one of the victims, she’ll play detective amateur and will try to find the serial killer.


The alternate chapters are from Carly’s POV. Carly has lost her mom and is left with her brother. She had always wanted to find her aunt Viv who disappeared one night on her shift at the Sun Down Motel. She’ll leave college and will go to Fell to try to find the truth.

While solving Viv’s disappearance, she’ll also discover the past murders and will also look after the killer.


Everything was honed to perfection in this book.

The atmosphere, oppressive, haunted, mysterious with the tension growing along Viv’s obsession to discover the truth.

The character really well fleshed out, main and side characters.

The setting and the place, between the seventies/eighties and our modern world.


Just try it!


Do you read ghost stories? Or mysteries?


Thanks for reading!


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  1. I have actually been seeing this one around blogs more than bookstagram posts but I love that everyone seems to be enjoying this thriller! It seems like the time settings and points of view are used so well. I’m gonna have to check this one out!

  2. Great review, Sophie! It’s been such a long time since I read anything with a ghostly aspect. But I’ve been seeing so many raves for this one and I love the dual timeline. It sounds so atmospheric!