Certain Dark Things (Paperback)
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Certain Dark Things (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 01/09/2022
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A freewheeling, fantastical spectacular set on the streets of an alternate Mexico, Certain Dark Things finds the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic smuggling an unconventional love story into an exhilarating page-turner about vampires on the run.

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood-drinkers, is smart and beautiful - and very dangerous. Domingo is mesmerised.

Atl needs to escape the city quickly, to get far away from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn't include Domingo, but little by little, she finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.

Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Atl and Domingo stand little chance at all of making it out alive before the city devours them all - but they are determined to try ...

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529415629
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 195 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's gritty novel is steeped in the history of Mexico City and vampire lore and yet manages to deftly re-invent the bloodsucker . . . Certain Dark Things packs a wallop - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

With its vibrant prose and stellar world-building, Certain Dark Things is one of the best books I've read in years - V.E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia pulls zero punches, bares all the fangs, and goes for every throat in the room with Certain Dark Things - Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

A delicious, elegant, gritty vampire noir. Moreno-Garcia has created a world that pulses with life and terror and honesty - Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author

A fresh, stunning interpretation of vampire lore . . . Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable - Christina Henry, author of Alice and The Ghost Tree

Silvia Moreno-Garcia carves out the heart of Mexico City, and then eats it, in this riveting noir-punk reinvention of vampire lore. Certain Dark Things is exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful - Ann Aguirre, New York Times bestselling author

Certain Dark Things is dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable - Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama

Certain Dark Things is arguably the vampire novel for the 21st century - New York Journal of Books

With dark and delicious elegance, Moreno-Garcia delivers a satisfyingly bloody vampire story with a tantalising twist - The Globe and Mail

Moreno-Garcia's characters are vivid and compelling, as is her prose. As a novel, it's fantastic: honest, wrenching, compassionate, and brutal - Tor.com

She has invented a complex world in which humans run around half in terror or in subjection, and half in love with countless subspecies of modern-day vampire...Will you be gripped to the last page? Oh, I expect so - The Times

Having read several Moreno-Garcia books in recent years you can be guaranteed of two things: great character creation and not knowing what the book is going to be. This book has a crime noir feel with some urban fantasy thrown in. - SFBOOK REVIEWS

Is there anything Silvia Moreno-Garcia can't do? Long before she wrote Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night, Moreno-Garcia penned this gritty novel about vampiric drug cartels - BOOKRIOT: The Best Horror Books of the Decade, on Certain Dark Things

A sleek and brutal noir thriller . . . balanced on a knife-edge between hope and horror - The Guardian

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a chameleon of an author . . . her writing is truly one of a kind - Culturefly

If you haven't read any of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work yet then I don't quite know what you're doing with your life, she's a fantastically fresh voice in the world of speculative fiction and Certain Dark Things is proof of her creativity - Jessticulates

This just wowed me. It crosses an interesting line of dark fantasy, horror and even a noir thriller and yet offers something that feels uniquely its own thing while paying homages to the genres it clearly loves. Buy it, curl up with it and prepare for a dark escape across a busy city - excellent and highly recommended - Runalongtheshelves

The plot is action-packed, intriguing, and full of vampire trivia - that at least applies to Moreno-Garcia's world - it's the characters that make it - Fanfiaddict

A brutally gritty tale of rivalries, love, and sacrifice. Once again, the author has proved how adept she is at writing multiple genres and delivering unique stories that satisfy the reader. I eagerly await her next release - Scorpio Book Dreams

The perfect blend of fantasy, horror and noir, with vivid characters and set in a Mexico City that became a character in and of itself . . . just proves her writing prowess and her ability to jump between genres with ease - Crook’s Books

I could definitely see fans of grimdark fantasy and urban/paranormal fantasy really enjoying this novel - Blogging with Dragons

I feel like the biggest praise I can give a book at this point in my reviewing journey is, "I've never read anything like this" - The Alliterates

If you're looking for a new take on vampires, with classic noir tropes, politics, gangs, and a dark, gritty atmosphere, pick up this book - Literary Lizard

An engaging vampire story that hooks and holds readers throughout and builds to a satisfying climax - Scifi and Scary

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the undead and who wants a vampire story that isn't the same old rehashed a thousand times - The Ink Blotters

Some great world-building, complex characters, and a dark and gritty atmosphere well-balanced with moments of levity. - Rae’s Reading World

The storyline was unique, with high tension and beautiful imagery. Silvia's use of monsters to paint a picture of the cruelties in our world makes for an entertaining read that'll stay with you long after you finish - Cold Brew Hot Books

This book has rock-solid world-building, very compelling characters, and a wonderfully addicting storyline filled with action and violence. If you're looking for a great vampire read, look no further! I highly recommend this one! - Erica Robyn Reads

Certain Dark Things is violent, bloody, relentless, and completely satisfying. Atl is a wonderful protagonist. I found myself rooting for her, even when things seemed hopeless. I love the passion and inventiveness Moreno-Garcia brings to her writing. She's undoubtably having a great time writing this world to life, and it shows. This is a novel with real bite - Dave Writes

Most definitely a fresh take on vampire novels, with excellent world-building (and vampire lore-building), a fascinating mix of different types of vampires, from terrifying to beautiful to nasty-gross to sexy, all with a gritty noir feel. One of my favourite things about Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work is the way she blends genre lines so seamlessly, and Certain Dark Things is a shining example of that skill - Sprained Brain

Believe me, this is a good book, very well written, with an original premise and interesting story - Amazing Stories

Gritty, vibrant and brilliantly original - Culturefly

Dark, violent and brilliantly characterful, with a really smart angle on the usual tropes - Track of Words

Overly familiar lore seems fresh again - SFX

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“Remarkable and brilliant new take on the vampire genre”

If you are a follower of mine you know that I love a good vampire book and I absolutely LOVED Certain Dark Things from Silvia Morena-Garcia. I’m unashamedly a huge fan of her books and although this was one of her... More

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“Not what I was expecting”

The first few chapters of this book had me gripped. I was excited and interested to discover more about the different types of vampires and this alternate Mexico which had sanitation sweeps and genetically enhanced... More

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“Enjoyable vampire themed novel”

And here I am reading yet another book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, my third this year and fifth in total!

This is another noir style novel except this one takes place in a sort of alternate version of our reality where... More

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