Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Horror, 301 pages, published in 2020

Set in the 1950’s, Noemi is sent to her newly married cousin’s home in the countryside after receiving some curious letters. Things get even stranger once she arrives at the large, remote house where things aren’t what they seem.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Content Warnings: sexual assault, incest, body horror

I normally don’t read horror, but I have been getting more into thriller/mysteries, so I was hoping that this book had a strong mysterious element to it. It definitely did have that, but ultimately, I just didn’t enjoy this story.

Noemi is definitely a socialite. She spends her time dressing up, driving her fancy car, and dancing. After getting sent to her cousin’s house, which is much more remote and not as technologically advanced as she’s used to, it becomes clear that this is not an environment she’s comfortable in or will do well in. I definitely felt like she was very naive and didn’t take things as seriously as she maybe should have. I definitely got pretty frustrated with her over the course of the book.

There was a bunch of weird sexual stuff in this book that made me very uncomfortable. Part of the mystery is not knowing what is real and what isn’t, so there were times that I didn’t know if characters were actually getting assaulted or if it was all part of the creepy dreams they were having. It felt like a lot of elements of the twist also relied on things that just made me very uncomfortable.

I’m not going to go into detail about what the twist is, but it did surprise me…I’m still not sure if that was a good thing or not, though. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’m also not sure it really made sense, so it kind of just left me feeling lukewarm overall.

That was how I felt about this book in general: lukewarm. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it either. At times, it was entertaining and I was curious about what was causing all of the creepiness, but that was a far as my feelings went for this book.

I also didn’t love the audiobook narrator. I don’t think that changed my opinion negatively.

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