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Twilight zone's intro music blasting out in my mind: nananana!!!! I'm in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition and I'm at the dimension of imagination.Nanana!!!
I cannot sleep! I cannot move! I cannot breathe! When I was younger so much younger than today I never needed anybody's help in anyway but even all ghost members of Beatles cannot save me! I'm numb, terrified! I'm speechless! I'm about to do something in my pants but I don't! I barely hold myself! Thankfully, I wore diapers before reading something sooooo scary! So I'm giving my 5 gaazzzzzillion ssstaaarss (I cannot even speak or properly write, this book is so horrifying! I wish I hold my childhood Teddy bear to gather my wits but I already ripped its head when I was nine, reading Salem's Lot! Dammit!)
It's midnight in LA, even my 24/7 partying neighbor is sleeping. My husband is still making entire Jurassic World's sound effects by snoring loudly. But I'm alert! Eyes shut open! Already all lights in the house are turned on! I'm at the verge of hysterical breakdown, waiting to see Sun Down Motel's ghosts banging on the door.
Is this smoke I smell right now Is this a salesman walking toward me Who keeps knock, knock my heavenly house's doors Eric Clapton! Daattt! Freddy Mercury! Nope! He will rock not knock! Okay, I can't stand anymore, dear lovely occupants of Sun Down Motel, I'm not night clerk, I'm just regular reader who loves your stories (I'm not talking about one of your friendly one named "Casper", I actually find it overrated!) and Simone St. James did an amazing job because I didn't eat for 8 hours, I didn't move an inch and now my legs turned into jellies that I couldn't move them, they're useless right now. And of course I had limited booze service from my husband (you can imagine drinking and empty stomach could be definition of living dangerously!) I didn't blink and I think my face is also paralyzed! I'm just looking like a survivor after over botox injections. I didn't even visit to bathroom so my bladder already performing "Under Pressure" as a tribute to Bowie and Mercury.
As a summary: This book is mind blowing, horrifying and so much better than entire horror movies I've watched lately. It's better than Bad Times at the El Royale (I wish salesman Simon could dance like Chris Hemsworth but you cannot get what you want all the time!), entertaining as Bates Motel (this time night clerks are women and innocent, but we cannot say the same for the deceased occupants of the place whose souls stayed there for their unfinished businesses!) and they're as creepy, spooky, disturbing as Overlook occupants.
So we have an amazing gem is an impressive combination of Vacancy, Inkeepers and Poltergeist.
In 1982 Viv Delaney, night clerk of Sun Down hotel, vanishes into thin air. They never find her corpse. Nobody knows her whereabouts. Till in the present time her niece Carly, arrives at the hotel, getting the same job her missing aunt had performed decades ago. After her mom's sudden death because of big C, Carly is so adamant to find out what has happened to her aunt. By getting rid of the burden of the past, she feels like she may designate her own path for her own future steps.
As soon as Carly arrives to Fell and starts her new gig, she's going to find out, she's living ten times worse experience of Paranormal Activity movie sequels and she knows who she is gonna call (of course Ghostbusters!) but there is bad reception at the hotel.
The story is narrated by two people and two timelines. We move back and forth between 1982 and today. We have Viv and her niece Carly as narrators. They're so interestingly similar each other, only their zones are different but both of them brave, smart, risk taker, loner, introverted, happy with their own terms and small things kind of ladies. ( I thought too many times, Carly could be daughter of Viv. Their instincts and approaches to the events, their actions are so similar.)
Carly is too determined to find the secrets about the hotel and what happened to her aunt which puts her life in danger because she literally has to deal with the supernatural entities who could help her show the truth!!!!
There are so many amazing characters such as Helen ( I visualized as Billie Lourd, only Carrie Fisher's talented daughter could handle this creepy, weird but also loveable character.) And of course nobody knows what is like to be the sad man behind blue eyes Nick is also memorable character, hiding from his traumatic past, a great partner of crime to help Carly to solve the puzzle.
I had great, terrifying time and I truly enjoyed every second of it by reading this book.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group to share this best ARC COPY and give me early Christmas gift in exchange my honest review. And honestly guys, PLEASE READ IT, READ IT, READ IT!
And special thanks to Simone St. James for creating this amazing, memorable, stunning, mind blowing masterpiece!
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…