Mexican Gothic Book Review

Today, we will be reviewing Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The novel follows the protagonist’s cousin’s claims that her husband is poisoning her. Keep reading to find out what we thought of this gothic horror novel and if you should add it to your reading list!

Mexican Gothic Summary

The novel takes place in Mexico City in the 1950’s and starts off with socialite Noemí Taboada being summoned home by her father. He is worried about Noemí’s cousin Catalina who recently got married. He received a letter from her in which she claims that her husband Virgil Doyle is trying to poison her.

That leads to Noemí’ being sent to the Doyle’s home called High Place which is located in the mountains of a small town called El Triunfo. Her first few days in the house are unwelcoming and her freedom is restricted. But it doesn’t deter Noemí as she tries to puzzle out what is going on in High Place.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia book review

What Noemí learns is that the Doyle’s have a long history of murder and violence. Weird dreams haunt Noemí as she tries to uncover what the Doyle’s are hiding from her. But she finds an unlikely companion in High Place and that may be the key to escaping this place with her cousin and this cursed family.

Commentary

This is a novel that I have seen a lot but never got around to reading it. It blew up on Tik Tok and helped Morena-Garcia get recognized at a talented writer. I decided to finally read this novel after reading another book by Morena-Garcia and falling in love with her storytelling.

Morena-Garcia based the location of the novel on a real place and that may be why this novel is hard to put down. The characters are fresh and the protagonist feels like someone we all know. Mexican Gothic went on to win multiple awards such as the Aurora Awards, British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award.

Conclusion

If you are a fan of gothic novels, then this is a must read. Find out why everyone is raving about Morena-Garcia and comparing her to Daphne du Maurier and Guillermo del Toro!

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