Summer is coming to an end, I guess. The autumn equinox doesn’t hit until September 22nd, but we can already get pumpkin spice lattes, so I’m saying summer is over. A few more books read this month. No interviews, but I have so much excitement coming in September. Continue reading
Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Supernatural Thriller
Year Release: 2020
Source: Library audiobook
|Content warnings: Stalking, violence against women, murder
The book’s dedication is to muderinos, and it truly feels like it was written by and for a true crime junkie. In Fell, New York, the Sun Down Motel has a checkered past, which include mysterious murders and hauntings. Viv Delaney ran away from home and settled in upstate New York in 1982. Thirty-five years later, her 20-year-old niece, Carly, searches for the truth behind her disappearance.
The pacing is impeccable. I had such a hard time putting this one down. Reveals and scares were perfectly balanced against each other. What St. James does so well in this one is also bringing attention to more everyday fears and considerations, like being wary of walking by yourself at night and the unsettlement of men getting too close.
One of the main highlights for me were the friendships between all the women. The balance between genuine care, tough love, and no-nonsense approaches to the terrors of Fell, New York felt authentic. Everyone had a sense of a life beyond the immediate problems. Carly felt a little flat, but she also had been through much grief before we meet her in this story (her mother recently died and she had no leads on who her aunt was). That being said, there were some wonderful male supporting characters.
It’s a true crime, small town spin on “1408” by Stephen King, with driven female characters, eerie hauntings, and a satisfying mystery.
I read most of May’s TBR. Check out this month’s reading list, trying to crunch through my ARCs and things that are in progress according to Goodreads. Things with a * are from last month’s TBR.
- Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus*
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
- The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco*
- Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (ARC)*
- The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (ARC)*
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore*
- The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)*
- Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)*
- Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (ARC)
- Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano (ARC)
- Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin*
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (ARC)
- Highfire by Eoin Colfer*
- The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) by Jenn Lyons
- Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall*
- The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Walk Among Us by Genevieve Gornichec, Cassandra Khaw, Caitlin Starling
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
In terms of other reads, I have a novel and a short story to beta read. My own work will continue marinating in the back of my head as I prepare for the rewrite.
Work-life-writing balance was thrown a giant wrench this month, but that didn’t stop me from diving into some excellent reads.