Monday, December 28, 2020

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I can't wait to reread this one. 

This book was incredible. It has the vibe of I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House meets Lovecraft Country (the book, not the show) with a dash of Grace Kelly-in-a-Hitchcock-thriller. 

Our flesh-and-blood heroine Noemí takes on a family errand that turns into something very, very else; and it's this character who completely anchors the story for me and makes it so beautiful, compelling, and moving.

Moreno-Garcia is heavy with the capital G Gothic-vibe, and every page is saturated with the elements that made me shiver with delight. It's a creepy, cold, creaky story that thumps with life and stretches the exaggerated elements of the Gothic to encompass more than its roots. Noemí is fighting not only the mist, a malevolent presence, her own doubts, but also racism, and sexism, and colonialism (never named so plainly, because Moreno-Garcia is great, but it's there, unable to be ignored). There's so much real in the growing horror we empathize with Noemí when she resists the supernatural possibilities because there are enough real things to be scared about.

A perfect read.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
June 30th 2020 by Del Rey 

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