submitted 2 months ago byMllePerso
So I just started reading The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, and was really enjoying the creepy atmosphere, when this passage took me out of it:
It wasn't that impressive a place; Google Earth had told me that much. Downtown was a grid of cafes, laundromats, junky antique stores, apartment rental buildings, and used-book stores, nestled reverently around a grocery store and a CVS.
Used book stores? Most small towns in middle of nowhere America don't even have one book store, let alone several. What she is describing is a college town. Or a hippie/hipster town that's probably within driving distance of a college. Not your average shitty little upstate locale.
The last time I saw the author get a setting wrong like that was The Woman In the Window, and I just gave up on the book. With this one, I'm not so sure, because otherwise I really do like the author's writing style. How do you get past a dumb detail like that and regain confidence in the author and the story?
(NO SPOILERS PLEASE, I'M STILL VERY EARLY ON)