Reviews

“[A] stellar first novel…with a subtlety worthy of Hitchcock himself.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Muñoz has hit upon a killer premise: the making of Psycho set against a real-life murder.”
Booklist

“Manuel Muñoz’s vividly suspenseful first novel is a fine blend of Hitchcock’s chilly elegance and the sordid passions of James M. Cain:  a dark, intimate, heartbreaking tale about four very different women, each one longing to escape the confines of her everyday life through the romantic illusions concocted by Hollywood.  Their voices will haunt me for some time to come.” 
—Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale and Three Junes

“A powerful portrait…What You See in the Dark is a gem, full of drama and keen social observation, worthy of a movie treatment of its own. It’s imbued with the noir sensibility of James Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mildred Pierce.”
Edmonton Journal

What You See in the Dark strikes emotional chords so deep and with such precision, it almost makes you believe you’ve discovered a new art form.”
Austin Chronicle

“Manuel Muñoz has written a novel that is gripping to read and illuminating in what it says.  What You See in the Dark begins with a sweet romance and a dark surprise as it traces the winding path of violence in our dreamy American longings.  How beautifully the pieces of this book fit together, and how radiantly original it is.” 
—Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven and The Size of the World

“Refreshingly innovative…Muñoz has upended the conventional crime novel…Nice work.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“An audacious debut novel…the book, like its double-entendre title, operates superbly on so many levels: as a sharply detailed portrait of small-town life, as a skillful whodunit and as a meditation on escapism and celebrity.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“In his dazzling debut novel, Manuel Muñoz takes into the heart of small-town 1950s California with pathos, sensitivity, and astonishing beauty.  The book is a love story, a tragedy, and a cautionary Hollywood tale all in one.  Be forewarned:  once you pick up this gorgeously riveting book, you won’t be able to put it down until it’s done.”
—Cristina García, author of The Lady Matador’s Hotel

“A riveting work for any fan of intelligent suspense…truly one of the year’s most compelling and nuanced books.” —Instinct

What You See in the Dark is beautifully written and perfectly told, an irresistible novel about desire that will keep you reading through the night.  It is a true romance and a True Romance, and Manuel Muñoz has the wisdom to know the difference.” 
—Laura Furman, author of The Mother Who Stayed and series editor of the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.