So this was a really good atmospheric scary short story. I loved the location of the motel. I loved the main character. And I loved the slightly eerie motel owner. The only reason that I gave this four stars is that I did see the ending coming. Also this story left me with so many questions. I could have read even more after I got done.
"The Sleep Tight Motel" follows a young woman named Eve. Eve is on the run. We don't know what from at first, but then readers quickly find out from her boyfriend. We don't know what happened, but then clues drift in and out of the story. Eve eventually stops at a country motel and stays the night. Eve is so tired and scared and reflects on her relationship. The hotel owner, Drew, seems very nice, maybe a bit too nice.
So no spoilers, but I thought this was a great pick me-up after "Hannah Beast." Unger plays all the notes in this short story perfectly. Things slowly get revealed to you as you read and I kept thinking I knew what was coming next and was wrong. I was right about one big thing though which is why I sit here now smugly writing my review. Seriously though, this had a wonderful atmosphere. I could see readers snuggling down to this story in the fall or around Halloween. Or heck on a rainy day with lots of fog rolling in.
I felt for Eve since this story is honestly about regrets and the things that you wish you can change, but cannot. And as I said above, I had so many questions after I finished!