“The walls speak to me. They tell me secrets. Don’t listen to them, press your hands against your ears, Noemí. There are ghosts. They’re real. You’ll see them eventually.”Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic
Title: Mexican Gothic
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Genres: Horror, Historical Fiction, Gothic
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Published: June 30th, 2020
My Rating: ★½
Read: 7/23/2022 – 7/24/2022
I want to say up front that my rating reflects my personal opinion and enjoyment of the book and is not a reflection of the writing itself.
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while and I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting into. Some people/places have marked it as predominately historical fiction while others focus on horror. I’d say horror is the strongest player here. I anticipated it being dark, but figuring I can handle most of Daphne Du Maurier’s horror stories and the comparison with this book, I gave it a go. 200 pages in, I realized how much I didn’t want to continue, but at that point, I only had 100 to go. I was nauseated by the horror content (not even spooked), bored with the long lead-up and forced romance, and baffled by the conclusion. It certainly isn’t comparable to Du Maurier’s works.
The writing itself was fine. It read more like a YA than an adult, though. Not being well-versed in the genre, I can’t say if it was a good horror book or not. If horror is your thing, I say go for it.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The cover. It’s so gorgeous.
- Under different circumstances, the intrigue of the plot.
What I didn’t like:
- The body horror. I couldn’t take it.
- Most of the horror content. It wasn’t scary, just sickening.
It was a gamble for me. I’m glad I gave it a go but ultimately it was not for me. I don’t want to discourage people who like the horror genre from seeing for themselves if it’s enjoyable.