Untamed Shore is a classic coming-of-age noir set in Baja California in 1979. Viridiana dreams of getting out of her small town and moving to Hollywood. When three American’s vacation in her town during the summer, Viridiana becomes friends with them and invests in their lives. However when one of the tourist dies, Viridiana becomes entangled in a murder mystery and she doesn’t know how to believe or who to trust. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, who also wrote Gods of Jade and Shadow and Mexican Gothic, presents a unique story but has the same strong voice that is present in all her novels.— Anastasia
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, under the harsh sun. She's bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only option is to marry and have children.
Three wealthy American tourists arrive for the summer, and Viridiana is magnetized. She immediately becomes entwined in the glamorous foreigners' lives. They offer excitement, and perhaps an escape from the promise of a humdrum future.
When one of them dies, Viridiana lies to protect her friends. Soon enough, someone's asking questions, and Viridiana has some of her own about the identity of her new acquaintances. Sharks may be dangerous, but there are worse predators nearby, ready to devour a na ve young woman who is quickly being tangled in a web of deceit.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the most exciting voices in fiction, and with her first crime novel, UNTAMED SHORE, she crafts a blazing novel of suspense with an eerie seaside setting and a literary edge that proves her a master of the genre.
About the Author
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's first novel Signal to Noise won a Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things was selected as one of NPR's best books of 2016 and was a finalist for the Locus and Sunburst awards. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Gods of Jade and Shadow is her latest novel, and Untamed Shore is her first thriller. She lives in Vancouver. Find her online SilviaMoreno-Garcia.com, and on Twitter @silviamg