Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are books that are simply enjoyable, and then there are books that manage to redefine your understanding of storytelling. Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is definitively in the latter category. This enigmatic tale is a masterful blend of Mexican horror films, Nazi occultism, and the darker aspects of the human psyche. Yet, it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Moreno-Garcia has been critically acclaimed for her previous works, and it’s heartening to report that her winning streak is far from over. Her research shines through in this novel, illuminating the intricacies of occult and Mexican cinema in an engaging and utterly immersive manner. It’s a tale steeped in arcane lore and cinema history while simultaneously brimming with human emotion and relatable experiences.

Montserrat, the overlooked but gifted sound editor, and Tristán, the charmingly faded soap opera star, drive this narrative. Their characters are painstakingly fleshed out, showcasing Moreno-Garcia’s ability to craft characters that are complex, believable, and — dare I say — loveable in their own quirky ways. Despite the darkness surrounding them, Montserrat and Tristán shine, providing a counterbalance that keeps the story grounded and the readers invested.

The plot weaves together elements of horror, suspense, and historical fiction with a deft hand, resulting in a narrative that’s as compulsively readable as it is deeply thought-provoking. Each twist and turn is delivered precisely, building up to a climax that will leave you breathless.

Silver Nitrate by Moreno-Garcia has expertly woven a darkly enchanting tapestry that blurs the lines between reality and the occult, past and present, and fear and fascination. It’s a testament to her literary prowess that she can take such disparate elements and weave them into a narrative that is not just coherent but utterly captivating. 

So, if you’re searching for a book that will challenge your perception of reality, delve into the intriguing depths of the occult, and introduce you to characters you’ll find yourself rooting for despite their flaws, Silver Nitrate is the book for you. A must-read for anyone who appreciates well-crafted, thought-provoking fiction.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for providing an e-Arc of Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for my review.

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