Kurtain Motel (The Sin Book 1)

Rated 3.91 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
(54 customer reviews)



Length: 157 pages


Patrick Lahm is down on his luck. Late for his book signing, out of gas and stuck in a storm. He hitches a ride to the Kurtain Motel where he is forced to spend the night. The small motel seems harmless enough at first, but as the night drags on, Patrick and the other guests slowly begin to realize there is a lot more to their temporary lodging than meets the eye.

Something evil is at work at the Kurtain Motel; something that creeps into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and tugs at the chords of sanity until they finally break. On the longest night of his life, Patrick soon finds out that there is a reason why skeletons are kept in closets. He realizes that your sins always find a way to catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to run.

Welcome to the Kurtain Motel, where all your nightmares come true.



Length: 157 pages


Patrick Lahm is down on his luck. Late for his book signing, out of gas and stuck in a storm. He hitches a ride to the Kurtain Motel where he is forced to spend the night. The small motel seems harmless enough at first, but as the night drags on, Patrick and the other guests slowly begin to realize there is a lot more to their temporary lodging than meets the eye.

Something evil is at work at the Kurtain Motel; something that creeps into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and tugs at the chords of sanity until they finally break. On the longest night of his life, Patrick soon finds out that there is a reason why skeletons are kept in closets. He realizes that your sins always find a way to catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to run.

Welcome to the Kurtain Motel, where all your nightmares come true.

54 reviews for Kurtain Motel (The Sin Book 1)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    I enjoyed this, it was a quick read and I found myself carrying my tablet with me to keep reading while I went about things. The characters are fairly well defined though there was one that I must have missed his introduction as I couldn’t really figure out when/where he had come in. There were a few errors , the most jarring was “clam” instead of “calm”. I’m hoping that in future installments more is explained about what is going on, as it was a little thin in this volume. Overall it was quite good and I’m looking forward to more in this series.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I found the pace of the book very good. There was no bog down with usless information. Very quick read but the ending will leave you waiting for the sequel. All in all, good job!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I couldnt put the book down i literally finished it in 48 hours and it usually takes me months to finish reading a book. One of those mind-boggling books, that keeps u up all night analyzing the characters and plot twists!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ali Abdin

    I’ve read A.I Nasser’s short stories before and was thrilled to see this book come out. I am a big fan of horror/mystery and this book doesn’t disappoint! It gripped me from beginning to end and I can’t wait for more of his writing

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is a really good story but it gets a little confusing. There are a lot of characters and a lot going on all at once. I got a little lost trying to remember what name went with what person a couple of times. Kind of like “wait, what, which one is Harold…” and I’d have to go back a couple of pages. The end seemed a little rushed as well. Like the author was only allowed so many words and realized that they better wrap the story up. The story line is awesome though, not what I was thinking. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    Cheryl K

    I am not totally sure what my final opinion is of this book. I enjoyed the story; I wished it was longer so I could see some of the characters better developed as well as see the story unfold at a slower pace. I realized I had more questions than answers when the book ended, which is definitely how to hook someone into the Sin Series.Patrick Lahm is having a tough go of things, running out of gas on the side of the road he hitches a ride with a priest to what he hopes is the nearest gas station. Unfortunately, the weather takes a turn for the worse forcing the pair to check into the remote, rundown Kurtain Motel.The motel is not deserted though; due to the storm the motel has the most guests it has seen in a long time. As the night unfolds the story narration switches between characters, the story moves between each character’s past and present. All characters relieve their sins while someone demands they “Confess”.At times it was a struggle moving so quickly between events and characters trying to keep everyone’s story straight. I confess I lost track of a character or two. I wanted to learn a little more about Patrick. It would have been nice to see the story longer, this would have made it easier to move between narrators and watch the story unfold with a little more detail.Kurtain Motel is a quick and gripping read, plot twists within the story can keep the reader guessing throughout the book. This story is not for those who have fear of spiders, blood or learning someone’s darkest secrets.

  7. Rated 3 out of 5


    The story started with promise, but by the third act I had to keep back tracking to keep the characters straight.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Herington

    I received this kindle edition for free in exchange for an honest review, it was well worth it. If you like the horrors in the dark places of a motel, you came to the right place. Nightmare inducing and a page turner. Hopefully, like me, you will find it difficult to put down

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ibraheem Mahmoud Ahmed

    Another great book by the authors, neither slow nor too fast. Great job, hope more come

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Best to read when you are alone at night. My roadtrips will never be the same again!

  11. Rated 4 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this book. Pretty creepy in a unique way. Great main characters, even the unlikable ones. Was wondering how Patrick and the priest fit into this story? What were their confessions or were they specially chosen for other reasons. Can’t wait to find out what happens to the remaining group of characters in the sequel!

  12. Rated 3 out of 5

    Beverly Saville

    The story was very confusing and hard to follow. I really enjoy scary stories but the minute it starts getting scary the story changed to another character’s issues before really understanding what is happened.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Casey Caldwell

    Interesting characters and setting. Kept my interest through the entire novel. Great plot with twists. Ominous and scary, while making you sympathize with the characters and try to understand what’s going on throughout the whole book.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5


    Ready to start the next book. I really enjoy yourbooks. Please continue your writing. Off to start book 2.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5


    Good, innovative storyline. Would like to know the characters better. Though I believe that the characters will develop more in the next book. This book needs a second installment. You are left with questions. Editing was good, maybe one error. I read in one sitting.

  16. Rated 3 out of 5


    What can I say about this book besides it could have been a good story if it wasn’t all over the place and jump from character to character right when it was starting to get good in scary. It’s very confusing frustrated and then it ends just like that.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book held your attention and I didn’t want it to end. Going to read part 2 now. Can’t wait.

  18. Rated 2 out of 5

    Kimberly Waters

    I throughly enjoyed this book until the end. It was fast paced and hard to put down, but the ending was a complete let down. What hsppened to Harold? How come they got to leave the motel? Who or what was Jimmy and Tara? Why waz patrick special? There were just to many things left that needed answers! I definitely would have rated this book higher if the ending wasn’t so rushed and disjointed! Dont know if i would recommend this book yo others! Very disappointed since it started out so well!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved this book. The basic theme was a familiar one but the delivery was unique and well crafted. I’m not going to give a recap of the book because l can’t stand it when others do. Either recommend the book or don’t. I definitely recommend this one.

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Beth Mosher

    This was an intriguing and different kind of story!

  21. Rated 2 out of 5


    I feel shortchanged by the ending of this book. You spent so much time building up the characters and then at the end it seems like you just got tired and ended it. What happened when Gina found her mom in the boiler room? Why did the priest kill Diana? You really let me down at the end.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Haunted Reading Room

    Review: KURTAIN MOTEL by A. J. NasserI enjoyed this story enormously! As I progressed further and further into it, the more I admired it, and couldn’t wait to read Books 2 and 3. The author has a talent for interspersing horror and a metaphysical theme. Additionally, he knows how to wreak emotional havoc in his characters (and elicit readers’ empathy. Some of these characters really tug our heartstrings, others inspire admiration for their courage and integrity). But everybody’s ending isn’t happy.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Bond ( Joe Joe ).

    This was a good story about a group of people that stayed in this motel , not realizing that the motwl was haunted , but , there was a soul catcher , that was trying to steal souls by bringi g all their past sins to the surface , where they could be exploited in a scary intense meli-dramatic environment that it created !

  24. Rated 4 out of 5


    Definitely gripped me from the start. Couldn’t put it down. Has a definite creepy feel to it. Very good. Definitely worth reading.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Bowles

    This book was good sorry I couldn’t give it a better review but it dragged on in many parts! Maybe the next one will be better…

  26. Rated 4 out of 5


    Fairly entertaining, a few spots where I started to lose interest, but in genral a decent read and I think the series may get better as it goes along.

  27. Rated 2 out of 5


    There was no resolution and have no idea what actually happened. Likable characters but lacking plot. It definitely had potential.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tammy French

    I chose a 5 star rating because this book kept me wanting more. Looking forward to what’s going to happen in the next books.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    Okay, now I’m literally hooked. I went through a few of the reviews here, and din’t get where some of them were coming from. I was actually very impressed with the mix of complicated characters in this story and how they all came together. The ending was incredible! Left me wanting more. I definitely had a few questions, but it’s a series after all, and I’m expecting the next books to satisfy me with answers.I’m totally hooked on Jimmy and Tara. I really want to know what’s going to happen next, and how Harold ends up in this whole thing. There are some characters whose lives ended quite abruptly, and I have a feeling that this won’t be the end of them and we’ll know so much more in the next book.Off to Book 2!

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anthony J Marella

    The book opened quickly diving right into the story. As the reader is introduced to the characters and the Motel it rolls out very much like a movie just enough to let the reader’s imagination do the rest. Creepy old Motel, each patron with a secret. It is a quick read with suspense with a ok ending that leaves the readers with a few questions Tara and Jimmy, the Priest’s secret . Since Jason was the puppet which one was pulling the strings ? A good writer who keeps his readers attention

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delbert G. Mcbride

    I have discovered a new Author and plan on reading all his books.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    CG Peters

    Absolutely amazing. Well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat. No spoilers here. Read it for yourself.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    A tale right out of the crispy of the Twilight Zone. The characters are very interesting. Even with all of the characters having a vital role in the story, the storyline flows without a hitch. Great story

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Trish Franks

    I wasn’t too sure about this book when I started reading. But soon became engrossed with the characters. It was a refreshing different story. And, needless to say. Off to the next adventure of Patrick!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    Well written and I couldn’t put it down. Surprising twists and turns which kept me guessing. I absolutely loved it. Looking forward to read the next one

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Roe

    This was a delightfully scary little story. Each character had a secret, a nasty little something in their past. Now those secrets want to be told.

  37. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great book, kind of a Twilight Zone feel to. Loved themsin character Patrick and Jimmy. Great book!! Can’t wait to read their next creepy adventure!

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Frances Liontakis

    Really good story..still a bit confused..would have liked to know a little more story on some of the other characters..overall..fast easy read

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johann ginn

    Patrick thinks that he is simply going to stay at the Kurtain Motel for the night and then continue on his journey the next day….but what happens when tomorrow doesn’t seem to ever come?Every single guest seems to have a secret..and something not human wants them to confess. Will Patrick survive the never ending night or will he do what the voices want him to do and confess….and what happens if he does?This is the 1st book and it has made me hungry for the next one!!!

  40. Rated 1 out of 5

    Carla F.

    You suckered me into reading this book. You wasted my time. If the description is luring you in trust me don’t waste your time, effort or money it’s not worth it.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    I couldn’t put it down. I have an unexplainable fear of out of the way motels.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beverly Gerald

    I love a novel that also makes me think as I read. Patrick was excellent as the protagonist. He had his own demons but never let them win. As everyone else became unhinged, he worked hard in an attempt to save the others from their demons.

  43. Rated 3 out of 5

    Joy Steinmiller

    Possible minor spoilers⬇I’m honestly not quite sure how I feel about Kurtain Motel. It’s scary, and mysterious. The characters are way out there, but that seems appropriate.It is just very confusing. The prologue doesn’t really seem to be cohesive with the body of the book. I get what the whole “confess” and sin stuff is about. The characters of Tara and Jimmy seem pointless. Other than them being observers, which I would think would also be a sin of sorts.I didn’t really like the way it ended, and get the feeling that in order to get the answers I felt were lacking I’d have to read the next book. I don’t know if I will or not.

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dana Simmons

    I liked it. It was an ineresting twist on a paranormal story. The main characters need building. I might read another in the series.

  45. Rated 4 out of 5


    I purchased and read this 1st in series book in April, and given audiobook in September by Scare Street (THANK YOU) it is so much better to listen too. I love horror and ghosts stories. Loved the characters of Patrick, Jimmy and Connor. Patrick stopped at motel for the night due to storm, then all hell starts. This book was scary, creepy and thrilling better than the Slaughter series. Recommend to anyone who enjoys horror books, onto 2nd book.

  46. Rated 2 out of 5

    J. Spirit

    Seemed like a collection of ugly stories rather than a novel

  47. Rated 4 out of 5

    Natalie @ BookLoversLife

    Patrick Lahm is on his way to a book signing when he has some car trouble. Through the storm he makes out lights coming towards him. A priest pulls up and Patrick gets a lift to the nearest town, but the storm is worsening and they decide to stop at the Kurtain Motel for the night. This turns out to be a massive mistake and the night seems never ending.So I quite enjoyed this. While there are a few minor issues, overall it was thoroughly enjoyable. Plot wise, I was intrigued and interested in the whole plot. The setting of the motel was perfect because a creepy motel in a storm will always give you shivers!! Then we have the whole “confess” bit! That was initially confusing but once the story got going I was able to figure somethings out. I also loved the fact that everyone seems to have their own secrets.One problem for me was the sheer number of characters. I found myself a little lost on who was talking at any given time, but it did eventually click for me and I was able to distinguish each one and kinda figure out what their secrets were. I really liked Patrick and am intrigued to find out what his secret is ;)The minor issues for me were the fact that some of the characters weren’t as developed as I would have liked. Also, when the boy came into the story, I thought, from the description, that he was really young, but near the end we find out his age. It just didn’t add up! But as I said, these are minor issues and didn’t detract from the creepiness of the story!!Thom Bowers does a great job of capturing the atmosphere and bringing the book alive, I just found that he didn’t differentiate some of the male characters enough. It took me a while to figure out which character was which. But he does read this well and is clear and concise, so in all, I did enjoy his performance.I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  48. Rated 2 out of 5


    For the most part, the story was ok. It wasn’t terribly scary, but it kept me reading. The narrator did a good job of differentiating between the various characters, with only a few minor slips. I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but unfortunately, there are massive holes in the story. One character’s sin was never revealed, while three other were never completely explained. The best character in the story was killed “off screen”, while another lost their mind with no explanation given. I even checked the e-book to make sure there wasn’t just a glitch in my audiobook, but sure enough, they matched. I don’t know if it’s laziness or inexperience on the author’s part, but I really hope the rest of the series is better.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5


    The Eagles, Hotel California is a fitting song for this book. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is kinda where the author A.I. Nasser got the idea. It’s about a small hotel in the middle of nowhere, something is at the motel that is bringing peoples sins alive and haunting the residents until all hell breaks loose in their psyche.Can they figure out what is going on before everyone dies or goes crazy?It’s a pretty good book, I enjoyed reading it. The characters are well balanced and the author does a good job going into their backgrounds enough for you to know what is going on with them. I only found one spelling mistake where “would” was used instead of “wouldn’t”. Other than that the story was gripping, and kept me enthralled throughout the entire novel.However, it almost seemed to me like the author had intended to end the book and was heading towards a definite ending, but then was told or realized that it could be stretched out into more books. I had a inkling about who/what was behind the situation, but at the very end a lame “ending” ruined that possibility branching the story off in a another direction for a open ending instead which didn’t really make sense. I don’t know, maybe in the next book it makes more sense about what happened, but as of now it appears stretched out on purpose.

  50. Rated 4 out of 5


    Despite some distracting mistakes in word usage, I admit that this book was a page-turner for me. The writing is dark and psychological, but suffers from some holes in the plot. The whole book would have been more satisfying if each character’s “sin” had been explained, as well as better detailing each death. Introducing several characters and then having them die outside of the action of the story doesn’t sit well. I would have liked to have seen a final ending to this book, as well. I understand that series writing is all the rage, but a more solid ending would have served this book better. The story needs some work, but still worth the read due to the unique plot.

  51. Rated 2 out of 5

    Barbara mills


  52. Rated 2 out of 5

    Grace G Nixon

    Well written, great characters, but not really a book. There is only a story which is not fully explained and not completed. My thought is the series is a book.

  53. Rated 4 out of 5

    David A. Bates

    CONFESS!!! Okay, I confess, I like this series. Imagine your worst indiscretions or crimes come back to haunt your reality and force you to confess or be cast into an unimaginable horror. This is the fate that befalls a group of unfortunates who check into the ill-fated Kurtain Motel on a stormy night. Time stops at midnight and every “guest” is visited by the incarnation of his or her past misdoings. Needless to say, evil ensues and the scares begin.I was gifted the Audio.com version of this book. It is narrated by Tom Bowers, the same gentleman who narrates the Berkley Street series. His narration adds a whole new dimension to the story by his excellent characterizations. If you enjoyed the Berkley Street series, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

  54. Rated 1 out of 5

    B Nixon

    Couldn’t get through it and deleted it

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