Vivian was on her way to New York, but stops in Fell, NY. She really has no plan, but she has to get away from her mother, so she heads to New York with aspirations of being an actress, even though she isn't even sure that is what she wants to do. While on this break from her family, she stops at a place called the Sun Down Motel, where she stays a few nights until the owner offers her a job as the night manager. Strange things go on at the motel, and Viv starts to seek out the truth.
Carly heads to Fell after her mother's death from cancer, and decides she must do research on what happened to her Aunt Viv twenty-five years earlier. She leaves school and goes to Fell to find out why no one knows where her Aunt is, and what happened on the night she disappeared. Carly sees a help wanted sign in the window of the Sun Down Motel and decided it is fate, so she takes the job her Aunt one had in hopes of getting closer to her, and closer to finding out what happened to her Aunt.
This book started of very well. The characters were interesting and the plot was intriguing. Of the two main characters, Viv was much more interesting than Carly, and more developed. Viv was also a funner character to read. Carly was a little to self-absorbed and she didn't seem very bright at times. The other characters weren't very interesting. Heather seemed a stereotype of what someone with mental illness would be like in a place like Fell. Nick was a boring man, and it was obvious what was going to happen with him a the end of the story. The rest of the characters ran into each other, although I would have liked more from the little boy and Betty.
I like a good ghost story, and I could have used more from the ghost perspective. I thought the ending was way too predictable, and I really wanted a twist to it. There was no surprises at the end, which disappointed me. The book could have been a lot better if the last few chapters had been rewritten so the story did not end the way it actually did. That being said, I liked this book. If I kept books just based on their covers I would keep this book for forever as the cover is wonderful. However, I like to share books that I like, so I will be sending this one along to a friend.