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Untamed Shore

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Renowned author Silvia Moreno-Garcia's first thriller, UNTAMED SHORE, is a coming-of-age story set in Mexico which quickly turns dark when a young woman meets three enigmatic tourists.

Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do, nothing else to watch,
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Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Agora Books
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“You’re a cannibal,” he said and she remembered that they said the Aztecs ate the hearts of men.

She bit his lips for good measure.

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Rep: Mexican characters and setting

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Have you ever read a book where you finish and you need a definite moment to catch your breath after all that’s happened? That was me reading this one. It’s a slowburning thriller, but when the twists come, they come thick and fast.

In Untamed Shore, we follow Viridiana, an 18-year-old living
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

TWs: Allusions to domestic abuse, instances of violence and graphic injury
By now, she ought to have lost all the childish innocence she'd possessed, but it had lasted and held true until this very moment. That is what pained her the most. Not the betrayal, but her steadfast devotion to her betrayers.

This is a deeply suspenseful noir thriller that proves, once again, that Silvia Moreno-Garcia can master any genre she writes. In this case, it's Viridiana's naiveté and her desperation
Jan 13, 2020 is currently reading it
I just received an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, and I’m super excited to start it soon!!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Untamed Shore is a character driven story with a rich atmosphere. Viridiana dreams of romance, of staring in her story instead of merely staying in the same town forever. Desperate to escape the path before her, her introduction to three tourists changes her life forever. They not only offer her glamor and a chance to witness a whole new life, but also secrets, intrigue, and danger.
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I received an eARC of Untamed Shore from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

By this point I think we all know that I’m Silvia Moreno-Garcia trash, and I’m so pleased to say that her first thriller, and first non-speculative novel, is a novel I really enjoyed.

Set in Mexico in the late 1970s, Untamed Shore follows 18-year-old Viridiana, who longs to leave Baja California for Mexico City, where she can put her fluency in four languages to use in a
The publisher, Polis Books, kindly offered me an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my humble opinion.

If this spectacular noir coming-of-age story is her first crime novel, then the standards are sky high already. This is the second novels of her I've read; the first one being Gods of Jade and Shadow, an adult historical fantasy. I loved it in an almost obsessive way, and I needed to read more
Sage Bailey
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a lucky ducky because Silvia Moreno-Garcia is releasing not one but TWO books this year and I have yet to walk away an unsatisfied reader.

And before I get into my review I just want to say that most of the authors I like to read are deceased (Gloria Naylor, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison) and it is so refreshing to be able to follow the career of an upcoming author who refuses to limit herself to one genre. I hoped aboard this hype train with Signal to Noise and I’m glad to be along for the
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, thriller
Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Viridiana finds the small fishing village in Baja California in which she lives to be stifling, especially when her mother and her loutish ex-boyfriend’s mother are campaigning for her to marry the boy and help run her would-be mother-in-law’s store. Viridiana dreams of college in Mexico City and following in her deadbeat dreamer dad’s footsteps to become a translator. When a wealthy
Lisa Carter
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a Canadian author of five previous titles, all different genres and all critically acclaimed. This is the first book I have read by Moreno-Garcia and am now eager to dive into her back catalogue and will watch for all new releases.

Untamed Shore is the story of a young woman who wants out of her seaside village in Baja California—aptly named Desengaño, or “disillusion.” Viridiana is determined to leave and never return, unlike her mother (who did come back, with Viridiana’
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In decided contrast to her fantasy novel Gods of Jade and Shadow, which I criticized for its protagonist's utter lack of agency and personal fortitude, this excellent new non-fantasy novel by Moreno-Garcia is all about a young woman taking control of her circumstances and using them to further her personal goals. Viridiana is eighteen and resisting her mother's push for her to get married and start a family when a wealthy family comes to her small Mexican town and hires her as a translator and ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Moreno-Garcia has a knack for creating threats and alibies out of social norms. This tactic, seen in her fantasy and horror stories, works to greater effect in Untamed Shore, her first noir novel, which also happens to be a compelling coming-of-age story and a nostalgia trip to the late 1970s. Three suspicious travelers arrive at a sunbaked coastal town. Viridiana, eighteen and fearing a future of boredom, is ready to take any chance to leave the place. She’ll work for them and she might even ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own :)

Wow, this took me on some turns around the bend. Poor Viridiana. I can only imagine how she would feel living the story, whereas I’m only the one reading about it. This was a welcome refreshing read from my typical go to list of books. When I read the synopsis, I thought this book would give me some diversity in my reading. Never did I think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did. The story grabs you nearly from the very beginning
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Silvia Moreno-Garcia never writes the same book twice, but her characters very much exist on the same continuum. Here, Viridiana is looking for an escape from her suffocating small town life in Baja California, when mystery and murder find her. She wants many of the same things as Casiopea in GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW and Antonina in THE BEAUTIFUL ONES: to be understood, appreciated and to be given room to grow into her own person. That's catnip to me. As is the slow-burn mystery of UNTAMED SHORE, ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is always a pleasure to read, but her take on a mystery is something truly amazing. Set in Baja California in the 70s, UNTAMED SHORE follows Viridiana, a young woman who yearns for more than the small town she's trapped in. Viridiana is hired as the personal assistant to a rich American and his family one summer, but when one of the Americans is killed, the resulting investigation changes Viridiana forever. I couldn't put this book down, watching Viridiana grapple with her ...more
Galen Strickland
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. I've loved everything I've read by Silvia, and that still applies. She's gone from fantasy to horror to science fiction, but now turns to mystery. Lots of standard tropes for the genre, but several surprising twists along the way.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
" I don't believe in ghosts either. But sometimes they're here anyway."
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Polis Books and Netgalley for this e-copy in exchange for an honest review!

Review to come very soon!
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Nov 14, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
*Thanks to Polis Books & Netgalley for an advance copy!
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of several novels, including Gods of Jade and Shadow. She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination.
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“Not that this helped the fishermen, since they sold the meat for a peso while the merchant sold it for fifteen in the city. But people had to make a living.” 0 likes
“the lack of full contact had turned into a sort of frenzy until he told himself he must marry her, sleep with her, possess her. He thought of this as love.” 0 likes
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