Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a slow burn crime noir tale. Lets start with the cover. I love sharks so the shark outline with the wave imagery in the body immediately grabbed my attention. The black and white color scheme and blurred effect gives it a retro feel.
Untamed Shore is the story of 18 year old Viridiana, a young woman in 1979 Baja who works as a translator during tourist season. Three wealthy Americans show up and hire her for the summer. Viridiana sees this as the perfect opportunity to escape the boredom of her everyday life, and she is enamored by what she perceives as a glamorous life. But when one of the three Americans dies under suspicious circumstances, she is quickly caught up in a game of manipulation. Her naivety keeps her is a constant struggle to choose between her heart and her conscious and she finds herself in a real mess. There were times that I wanted to yell at her in frustration.
Untamed Shore is an extremely well written character driven story. The world building is detailed and descriptive. You can really imagine the hard gritty lifestyle of this 1970's town. Though, I cannot express enough, that this is a SLOW burn. There is not a lot of action like Silvia Moreno-Garcia's other books. The ending is satisfying but it takes a while to get there.
If you are a fan of slow burning noir crime dramas then go read this book! This gem published by Agora Books is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Untamed Shore 3 1/2 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, she is a fantastic author! Happy Reading!