Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

My Thoughts


You guys! This book blew me away! I have not felt like this about a book in awhile.  You know that feeling where you know you have to adult, but you don’t want to because you NEED to finish a book?!! I could have finished this in less than 24 hours, but I was creeped out at first, and then my husband had to travel for work, and the kids had a snow day.  Anyways, if you pick this up prepare to be consumed.

The mystery of Carly trying to uncover her missing aunts disappearance sucked me right in.  I love a book that has a case to solve, and in this particular book, not only are we trying to figure out what happened to Viv, but also what happened to the girls whose murders were unsolved.

The chapters alternate between Viv, up to the night she disappears, and Carly.  I had always been told that nothing good happens after midnight, and that couldn’t be more true with this book.  A run down motel with an eerie past and the night shift? I would have run!  I have to give it to Carly though she really wanted to figure out what happened to her aunt.  So much so that she takes the same shift at the motel that Viv had when she disappeared.

At first it was all the unexplainable things that happened at the motel at night that freaked me out, but after I got past that, it was Viv’s chapters that scared me.  Not because scary things were happening to her, but because she was tracking a killer.  She was tracking a little too close for my comfort.  Nobody believed Viv when she tried to warn them that the person she suspected of the killings had found his next victim.  Nobody until the girls body was found.

I have all the love for this book, if you couldn’t tell.  It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  I need to google and find out what books to read if I enjoyed this one.  I have a feeling I’m going to get a lot of true crime recommendations.

Grab this one when it comes out on February 18, 2020.  You won’t regret it.

Thank you Berkley, Book of the Month, and Simone St. James

Book Rating: 5/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.