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Velvet Was The Night Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.
Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.
Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.

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Velvet Was The Night is the third novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia that I have read this year (read my review of The Beautiful Ones) and it has stolen the top spot as my favourite! I adore novels steeped in political unrest, riots and crime and this book was the perfect recipe for a brilliant, edgy mystery.

Set in 1970s Mexico City, the disappearance of a young woman brings together a daydreaming secretary and a lonesome enforcer. Maite is desperately searching for a happily ever after in her romance magazines while Elvis, a member of the Hawks, is looking for a way out of the criminal life. They stumble upon each other and a romance begins, but searching for Leonora will bring them both closer to each other as well as their enemies. I was rooting for Maite and Elvis from the moment we met them.

This story kept me hooked from start to finish as Maite and Elvis delved deeper into the disappearance of Leonora and the secret life she led. The stakes were high and the story was wrapped up in less than three hundred pages, making it the perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy afternoon.

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