What I love most about Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing is that I always learn something niche about the era she's writing in. Like a movie reel, unspooling old, glossy film, in Silver Nitrate we are shown several decades of the film industry while remaining rooted in Mexico City during the 90s. Told from two perspectives, best friends, Montserrat and Tristán, a burgeoning mystery unfolds concerning a cursed film, Nazi occultism, and a secret history too enticing to ignore.
It is impossible to come into this book thinking it is one thing because you will inevitably be surprised by how the narrative moves otherwise. SMG creates lush, cultish aesthetics and characters to set the mood, tempo, and pace, lulling you into an immersive reading experience that makes you want to uncover your own secret film from a bygone era.