I wish I’d had the breathing space to post this yesterday – sadly my work has been INTENSE for the past few days…
But this book. I loved reading Gods of Jade and Shadow last year and Moreno-Garcia’s writing is just getting better and better. This book is dark and creepy. It’s got intense characters. It has all the gothic tropes told in the best best ways. And then a completely different setting. It was SO GOOD.
Title: Mexican Gothic
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Quercus Books, Jo Fletcher
Publication Date: 30th June 2020
Rating: 5 stars!!
The setting: 1950s Mexico. Socialite Noemí hasn’t heard from her cousin Catalina since her marriage, until she receives a mysterious rambling letter. It seems someone is out to get her and that the walls of her house are closing in. Noemí is sent to investigate – she’s close to her cousin and needs to take some responsibility now she’s grown up. The house she arrives at is isolated, drab, decaying and shrouded in mist. It’s also shrouded in mysteries – a family that all looks the same, the same symbol all over the place, mould and spores and fungi and dreams that just keep getting worse…
It probably really helps that I just love the gothic genre. There’s that creeping feeling that things aren’t right, that something is watching you. That there’s something a little supernatural out there that you can’t control. And there’s a house that creaks in your sleep. Dreams that won’t go away. A family that exerts control and an atmospheric setting that makes your skin crawl. THIS BOOK HAD IT ALL.
Not to mention it captured the very best of the genre – stories like Wakenhyrst, Melmoth and Jane Eyre all rolled into one. (Also that cover is to die for, please can have dress).
Gothic stories can feel far-fetched or over-worked, but this had that gorgeous slow build, lots of tension and plenty of surprising reveals. I felt that I knew how it should have ended, and I got everything I was wishing. Definite gothic satisfaction.
There was so much I loved that I can’t even begin to list it all. I’m really looking forward to treating myself to a physical copy of this book – and I don’t say that often!
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.