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!