Book Review: Cari Mora

Thomas Harris’ Triumphant Return

Thomas Harris’ Cari Mora (2019) marks his returns after a thirteen year hiatus. The story centers around Cari Mora, an immigrant taking care of one of Pablo Escobar’s old house. A group of dangerous men want to get into the house because they know Escobar hid gold somewhere in the house. Cari is the only thing standing between them and their prize.

Setting

Harris did a fantastic job in placing the reader in his world. As a Miami resident, I felt he did hte city justice. He went above and beyond to describe the ambience present in the city. For example, the most of books I’ve read paint Miami in broad strokes. They describe Miami as an american city with a Cuban influence. This is not an inaccurate description, but Miami is so much more than that. There has been a large influx of people from central and south america. Harris honored Miami’s diverseness by sprinkling details throughout the novel.

Worlds Collide

I am an immigrant. I was born in Honduras and my family moved here when I was 13 years old. When I came to the United States, it was like stepping into another world. I was looking for something in the shows I was seeing and books I was reading to remind me of back home, but the instances I found were too generic. Harris did something I have never encountered before, he referenced something so specific it made me smile. He referenced in Cari Mora “baleadas”, which is a meal originating from Honduras. He didn’t stop there, he went on to reference a song “Sopa De Caracól”, a mega-hit song in Honduras and many other countries. What I’m saying is, Harris did his homework. Miami felt like another character in this story.

Story Structure

Cari Mora shows its readers how good of a story engineer Thomas Harris is. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. He hooks the reader with the build-ups and draws them in with the depth of the characters. Hans-Peter, the antagonist, is one scary dude. I don’t think he is scarier than Hannibal Lecter, but he comes close.

Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of any of Thomas Harris’ previous works, you owe yourself a favor: read this book. THis book has a great story, believable characters and written in a lean and mean prose. Read this book.

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