Silvia Moreno-Garcia “Certain Dark Things”(St Martin’s Press, 2016)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s second novel is a violent, bloody journey into the heart of Mexico. Did I say bloody? There is so much blood.
Vampires control the drug trade in the north, but Mexico City is vampire-free. But Atl, a young vampire of Aztec heritage comes there running from the rivals who killed her family. She just wants to escape, but finds that she has to fight her way out against human gangs & police as well as the vampire narcos and their human followers.
If you like your vampires as bloody aggressive monsters, then this is a book for you. Moreno-Garcia’s world building is on display, with an elaborate and varied vampire filled world. This particular story is only one, and she could tell many more stories exploring this world.
If I had to pick out something that I didn’t really like about this book, it is just that I found none of the characters particularly appealing. Even at her best, Atl is clearly a monster. The humans we meet are mostly sad and desperate if they aren’t straight up evil.
On the whole, though, this was a fun exciting Halloween read. Remember, garlic doesn’t work, but a taser set on max just might!