August 21, 2021

Velvet Was The Night

Velvet Was The Night

by Silvia Morena-Garcia

Published August 17, 2021
by Ballantine / Del Rey

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Noir


I loved Mexican Gothic so much that SMG has become an auto read author for me, therefore, I went into this novel fairly blind. Unfortunately, this was nothing like Mexican Gothic and it’s safe to say this genre isn’t for me. This novel was almost a DNF for me but ultimately I am glad I stuck with it because it was an entertaining read. It would translate to the big screen very well!

Maite is a homely secretary bored with her job and her life. She can’t seem to make ends meet and finds her happiness between the pages of romance comics. Maite is cat sitting for her glamorous neighbor when it becomes apparent that her neighbor is missing. Looking for a little thrill, Maite decides to try to track down Leonora and unknowingly throws herself directly into the center of a dangerous political conspiracy.

Elvis is a member of the Hawks – an offshoot government agency tasked with destroying evidence collected by the rebels. It comes to his teams’ attention that Leonora has damning photographs and he sets out to find her before she can release them. In searching for Leonora, he begins following Maite and starts to form an obsession with her.

The novel alternates between Maite and Elvis and their respective stories. I didn’t feel connected to either character and found Maite whiny and obnoxious (and I was really sick of hearing how unattractive she was). Elvis’ story felt like an action film which was entertaining but not really my style. The book was also far more political than I expected which was interesting but also not something I would typically choose to read about.

Overall this was a well written and intriguing and entertaining story, it just wasn’t for me. SMG is clearly a very talented writer and I was impressed with just how different this novel was from Mexican Gothic. I’m interested in checking out her other books now!! However, I wouldn’t suggest going into this one blind if you’re an SMG fan.

Thank you to Ballantine/ Del Rey and NetGalley for the copy of this novel.

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