Review Wrap-Up: The Sun Down Motel, The Night Swim, Rules for Vanishing

We’re here with another review wrap-up! Each book covered in this post are similar in ways: we have a lot of murder, a couple of disappearances and a bunch of shocking twists.


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel was LOHF‘s August pick!

The Sun Down Motel follows two timelines: Viv Delaney in 1982 and Carly Kirk in 2017. I’m gonna be honest, having these two very similar narratives got a bit messy for me. I had to keep checking back on the chapter heading to see who I was following & I got confused multiple times as to what supporting characters belonged in what timeline. It’s very possible that this is just a me thing. I’m a Mess 99% of the time, so.

I absolutely loved that this thriller novel has elements of paranormal. Hot damn, there were some truly spooky scenes that I absolutely adored. We love ghosts on the side of our murder plot, you feel me? 10/10 recommend this for spooky vibes~

Read the full review here!


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Thank you to Macmillan Audio & Netgalley for providing me with an ALC of The Night Swim in exchange for an honest review!

Content Warnings: Rape, Sexual Assault

I strongly strongly recommend that if you’re able to: pick up the audiobook of The Night Swim! Chapters alternate between Rachel (a podcaster who’s pretty good at solving crime), Hannah (the sister of a girl who disappeared 25 years ago & is convinced it was a murder), and here’s the kicker: chapters that are episodes of Rachel’s podcast, “Guilty or Not Guilty,” complete with intro and outro music. We love a performance in this house.

One of my favorite portions was the actual trial. Rachel often observes the tics and nuances of the jurors, defendant, and prosecutors. I loved that Rachel was so observant and able to pick up on so much based on body language alone. I wish I could be half as cool as Rachel.

Read the full review here!


Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Buddy read with Reg & Destiny!

To begin with, I adore The Blair Witch vibes I was getting from Rules for Vanishing — very found footage-y which always wins in my book. There’s a collection of video evidence, interviews and written reports on what happened on, what they call, the road. There are even annotations in the book & I’m a huge sucker for that small tidbit in books.

Rules for Vanishing is extremely weird; like holy bizarre — what the hell is happening. To be quite honest, I don’t really know what happened through a majority of this read. I could tell you scenes from this book, but not necessarily be able to explain why those things happened. Is this a bad thing? No, not necessarily.

Read the full review here!


Have you read any of these books? Do any of these interest you? Please tell me all of your thoughts in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Review Wrap-Up: The Sun Down Motel, The Night Swim, Rules for Vanishing

  1. Okay, I just added The Night Swin to my TBR because we love a podcast-like audiobook, and Rules for Vanishing sounds so cool! Like you, I love when books have different approaches to how they show the writing, with annotations and stuff. The Illuminae Files are some of my favorite books because of it.

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