Silver Nitrate is the latest book by the author of the excellent Mexican Gothic and the so-so The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. I was hoping this book was more like the first book. Unfortunately, it was not.
My issue with Daughter was the slow pacing and the unoriginal subject matter. This book also had issues in both of these areas. I know that I saw a movie with the mind control plot by utilizing film a few years ago on a streaming channel. I couldn’t find its name because there are literally hundreds of movies with similar plots. However, the worst part of the book was the characters. Not only were they unlikable but they were a bit stereotypical too. An aging D list actor who is trying to revive his career has been used to death in plots at this point.
With my “two strikes and you’re out” philosophy (this ain’t baseball y’all), Silver Nitrate just struck this author off my pre-release reading list. If you like literary fiction, you might be okay with the pacing but not so much with the nazi monsters and other paranormal elements that plague this book. For me, it only rates 2 stars.
Thanks to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.