Praise for Untamed Shore
“Rich in atmosphere and sinister in tone… a haunting lesson in the dangers of desire and the illusion of glamour and how dreams can be devoured by deceit.” — Hank Phillipi Ryan, bestselling author of The Murder List
“Atmospheric, compelling and very suspenseful, Untamed Shore is a welcome addition to the genre.” — Alison Gaylin, Edgar Award-winning author
“Set in a small Baja town in the seedy 1970s, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest takes us into a world soaked in sunshine and secrets, where everyone is working an angle and the looming sense of menace builds with nearly each page-turn.” — Julia Dahl author of the award-winning Rebekah Roberts series
“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s characters are unforgettable and no one and nothing is quite what they seem. I devoured this like one of Viridiana’s sharks. “ — Amina Akhtar, author of #FashionVictim
“This is a novel about greed, murder, and snowballing peccadilloes that moves forward with the power and grace of a shark. Don’t miss it.” — Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints
“A sense of inevitable dread builds from seemingly innocuous events in this masterful crime debut from Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The period detail is fantastic, the Mexican setting vibrant and fresh, and the noir is as murky as seawater after a shark feeding frenzy.” — Lavie Tidhar, award-winning author of A Man Lies Dreaming
“A plot driven by characters whose motives are as murky and treacherous as stormy gulf waters.” — Mario Acevedo, author of the Felix Gomez series
“This thriller sets a quiet tone before building slowly and evenly, showing how a meek teenager trapped by circumstance grows into a strong woman who takes control of her future, though in the end it might change who she is.” Library Journal, starred review.
“The descriptions of Baja are uncommonly evocative of gritty reality… this insightful look at criminal life from the viewpoint of a sardonic yet lonely soul seems destined for more plaudits.” Booklist, starred review.
” Both a coming of age tale and a Patricia Highsmith-like tale of grifters and con artists set in Baja California, along a coastline full of rotting shark skeletons and oppressive patriarchal mores.” Book of the Month! Crime Time
“Weaving suspense, murder, romance, and the throes of young adulthood together, Untamed Shore is a page-turner that will leave you hooked…” Criminal Element.
“Untamed Shore is a fever dream of a thriller, a coming-of-age tale set amidst disturbing and dangerous circumstances.” Book Page.
“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Untamed Shore is an engrossing book set in 1979, in a seaside Baja California town known for its shark fishing… Untamed Shore takes us through Viridiana’s loss of innocence, then into her heightened sense of awareness, and finally into a plan for a better life. ” Mystery Scene
“Brutality takes on an almost divine quality.” LA Review of Books