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Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

The first two chapters of this book had me wondering if the story would be for me. In those chapters we meet our main characters, El Elvis, a thug, and Maite, an ordinary, and depressed, secretary. I pressed on and discovered a suspenseful and well written story. I appreciate that there was a solid foundation based on historic events. I also checked the dictionary and web regularly to be sure that my interpretation of the context was correct. For me, there was a learning curve, and it made the experience more interesting.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia draws us into a world, unfamiliar to my experience, and while there were sections that were more violent than I am typically comfortable reading, there was redeeming value to the scenes, and they were integral to the story. The interweaving of the two character's experiences built suspense, and the narrative was stronger for the style of the writing.

While there is limited, to no, interaction between Maite and El Elvis, their similarities are raised throughout the book, giving an interesting thread to follow. As they each pursue investigations into the missing Leonora we learn more about their motivations.

Overall, the story had fascinating elements, and as mentioned earlier, the historic elements gave a foundation for this author-described pulp fiction novel. The mood was set, and the story was developed.

This book will be very popular with my patron base, and I look forward to the opportunity to recommend it when published in August of this year.