Velvet Was the Night Review

Mexico in the 1970s is a dangerous country, even for Maite, a secretary who spends her life seeking the romance found in cheap comic books and ignoring the activists protesting around the city. When her next-door neighbour, the beautiful art student Leonora, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

I don’t quite know how I feel about Maite yet. She is very down on herself and her lifestyle yet won’t take the steps to make them better. She knows she can apply to other jobs and yet the notion that work could be fun doesn’t even cross her mind. She complains about her appearance and her clothes yet won’t actively try and make things any better, it’s quite frustrating to read honestly.

Elvis was kind of in the same boat as Maite. Unsatisfied and unsure about what he wants to do with his life. At least he wasn’t constantly complaining about everything like Maite was but he was still just not that interesting a character to follow.

I was invested in finding out what happened to Lenora and the way Maite was pulled into this world by chance. But when the plot unfolds and we find out what happened and why Lenora was hiding it wasn’t all that surprising or inspired I feel.

I didn’t really care about the political climate to be totally honest and that was such an integral part of the story so it really set me up for failure from the start. I didn’t read the description before starting this book and typically historical fiction or books surrounding politics don’t interest me so this was a learning experience for me.

⭐️2/5 stars I was bored and uninterested…

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