Rating – 4.38 out of 5
In Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Noemí Taboada is an unlikely heroine. When her beloved cousin reaches out for help, Noemí braves the Mexican wilderness to find what has happened to her. Once at the estate of her cousin’s new husband, High Place, it becomes obvious that her physical maladies are not all that is going on. While the mysteries of High Place begin to unravel; strange things begin to haunt even the strong Noemí. With the help of one of the house’s inhabitants and her own superstitions, Noemí looks for a way out for her and her cousin.
“…she was trapped between competing desires, a desire for a more meaningful connection and the desire to never change. She wished for eternal youth and endless merriment.” ― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic
I love reading horror books because of how psychologically creepy a horror story can be in a way that you don’t always get on screen. Mexican Gothic definitely fits into this category. With many of the characters being either unreliable narrators or unsure of what they are witnessing, there is much to unravel. I don’t want to get into too many spoilers here, but suffice it to say that this book is horror and I loved every word.
That said, I found some of Moreno-Garcia’s descriptions to be cinematic. I felt like I was able to easily picture in my head, what the scene would look like on screen. Which is one of the reasons I’m so excited about the pending Hulu remake of the book!
I recommend this book if you like creepy gothic horror and a Mexican twist.
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