I received an advance copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
In 1982, Viv Delaney disappeared during her night shift in the Sun Down Motel and was never seen again. No one knows if she’s dead or alive, and her family doesn’t talk about her. Except for Carly, her niece, who in 2017 is trying to find answers about what happened to her aunt. She finds herself drawn to Fell and the Sun Down Motel, working the same night shift where Viv worked, and finding that there is something going on there which maybe can only be explained by the supernatural.
I haven’t read any other Simone St. James books before, but this cover is amazing and the author comes highly recommended from other bloggers I trust – and I’m so glad I listened to them. This will be one of my favorite mysteries of all year, I am completely sure of this although it’s only February. This is a fantastic book, the pacing just right, in a way that I just wanted to read this all the time. I almost wish this was 1000 pages long so I could keep reading and reading it. The eerie, ghostly atmosphere absolutely creeped me out, and was perfectly paired with the stories of the dead girls and Viv’s disappearance. This is a great book for murderinos, for people who are fascinated by true crime – not only are the main characters absolutely true crime geeks, there are also details that are nods to fellow murderinos, like one of the character’s surname being McNamara. I adored this, it was so, so entertaining but at the same time relevant – it touches on a lot of women’s anxieties (jogging alone, working at night etc) and how the justice system can fail women. This is a really excellent book.