July 25, 2021

Velvet was the Night Review

Velvet was the Night Review

Title: Velvet was the Night
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Style: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Noir
Rating: 5/5

Maite lives in Mexico City and she's a secretary. It's the 1970's and there's a lot of political turmoil.  When her next door neighbor Leonora goes missing under suspicious circumstances Maite decides to try to find her.  As she searches she uncovers Leonora's secret life of student rallies and political activism. It seems that many people are looking for Leonora.  Elvis is one of them.  Technically he's a criminal with a tender heart.  As they both begin to unlock the secrets about Leonora's disappearance things start to get dangerous.  According to the synopsis, "Velvet Was the Night is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes."

What a wild ride!  I couldn't read this book fast enough! This story is ACTION PACKED and I felt like I was watching a crime movie play out in my mind.  The story alternated between Maite and Elvis' perspectives. I loved both of these characters so much and it was neat to see the story develop through their eyes. As we learned more about Leonora, what she was involved in and who was looking for her, it left me unsure of who I was supposed to be cheering for and I loved that. It was one of my favorite parts. I haven't heard much about the Mexican Dirty War either, which is the historical setting of the novel.  It made me want to learn more about this war. I highly recommend this one!

**Thank you Randon House-Ballantine/Del Rey for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review. Velvet was the Night is out August 17th!