Book reviews / Fiction

Book review: Mexican Gothic

SO STRESSFUL.

This was a great read, but it really reminded me of why I don’t like horror-esque novels. I AM A BIG OL’ WIMP.

Anyway, the story is about Noemí, a socialite who is interrupted in her life of socialising, to go visit her cousin. Catalina sent a strange letter to Noemí’s father, and he makes a deal with Noemí to allow her to pursue a master’s degree if he goes and finds out what is wrong.

Everything is creepy from the beginning, which turns unsettling, which turns to OMG WHAT THE FUCK. And then it all comes crashing to the end, in a rush. It was such a great slow burn, so when the main unsettling horror of it all is revealed, it all makes perfect sense. ALL THE WRONG. SO MUCH WRONG.

There is so much to love about the world building, the creepy eugenics laden weirdness of the patriarch of the Doyle family, the weird ol’ house and all the kindness that still seems to exist between the main characters: Noemí, Francis and Catalina.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil it. But if you never want to look at mushrooms again in the same way, definitely read this novel. Also if you like super creepy novels, that unfold slowly, to disarm you before it just punches you in the face, also read it.

I can’t even.

It’s 10pm and I don’t want to sleep now. Wibble.

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