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Silver Nitrate

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film—and awakens one woman’s hidden powers.

“No one punctures the skin of reality to reveal the lurking, sinister magic beneath better than Silvia Moreno-Garcia.”—Kiersten White, #1 bestselling author of Hide

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE SUMMER: The New York Times, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Paste, Lit Hub, CrimeReads

Montserrat has always been overlooked. She’s a talented sound editor, but she’s left out of the boys’ club running the film industry in ’90s Mexico City. And she’s all but invisible to her best friend, Tristán, a charming if faded soap opera star, though she’s been in love with him since childhood.

Then Tristán discovers his new neighbor is the cult horror director Abel Urueta, and the legendary auteur claims he can change their lives—even if his tale of a Nazi occultist imbuing magic into highly volatile silver nitrate stock sounds like sheer fantasy. The magic film was never finished, which is why, Urueta swears, his career vanished overnight. He is cursed.

Now the director wants Montserrat and Tristán to help him shoot the missing scene and lift the curse . . . but Montserrat soon notices a dark presence following her, and Tristán begins seeing the ghost of his ex-girlfriend.

As they work together to unravel the mystery of the film and the obscure occultist who once roamed their city, Montserrat and Tristán may find that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies.

50 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“So scary but fun”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedDark setting
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveSuspenseful
“I'm going to say it: SILVER NITRATE is Silvia Moreno-Garcia's strongest, tighest, most thrilling novel since MEXICAN GOTHIC. Set against the backdrop of the nineties' Mexico City film industry, it's a hauntingly tense, high-stakes blend of dark noir and paranormal horror, telling the story of two life-long friends who are unwittingly immersed in a world of magic and occultism when a reclusive former film director enlists their help completing a decades-old spell, with disastrous consequences for all. Montserrat and Tristan were both strong, multi-faceted characters, with unique strengths, flaws, and motivations that rendered their partnership incredibly compelling; their characterization was this novel's greatest asset, and fortunately the consistent tone, tight plot, and (relatively) smaller cast of side characters gave their personalities ample room to develop on the page. My single criticism is that, typical of Moreno-Garcia's novels, the beginning of the book seemed to drag a bit longer than necessary—but believe me, it's a slow burn that the second half of the novel makes completely worth it. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book!”
“3.5 stars rounded up. My favorite SMG since Mexican Gothic! A delightful return to form.”

About Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels The Daughter of Dr. Moreau, Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and a bunch of other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (aka. Cthulhu’s Daughters). She has won the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for her work as a novelist.

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