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Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Wow. I know I’m late to the game here with this book, but it is brilliant. A true gem.

Noemi Taboada receives a letter from her cousin, Catalina who has settled into her new husband’s home in the Mexican countryside. When Noemi visits the home to investigate, she finds a crumbling gothic home surrounded by misty forests and a family graveyard. Her cousin is very much not herself, and Noemi finds it hard to find answers from the family Catalina has married into as they are secretive and untrustworthy. Soon, Noemi finally finds answers she has been forced into a horrific situation by the manipulative patriarch and must find a way to leave.

I won’t ruin the second half of the book for you because you won’t see it coming. It’s first and foremost a gothic love story, but also a symbiotic horror story. Incest and body horror. Cemeteries and gruesome backstories. All come together to make a book that is truly a surprise.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia has created a classic, a treasure among novels. She wrote something that is impossible to put down even as stomach churning situations unfold. She is the Stephen King of gothic horror. A stand out, an author to celebrate and follow.

This one is exceptional, guys. If you haven’t already done so, pick this one up and read it. You’ll not regret it.

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