Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Review

Noemi’s cousin sends her a letter asking for help. Noemi’s dad makes her go help. Her cousin lives in the Mexican countryside. Noemi doesn’t know what to expect hardly knowing the husband and being unfamiliar with the area.

Once Noemi is in the house, she is told she can’t leave. Will Noemi be able to escape this creepy twisted family and house?

Mexican Gothic is listed as a retelling of a classic gothic suspense novel. I haven’t read any classic gothic suspense novels so cannot comment on the original story. I went into this book not knowing anything about it except that everyone kept talking about it.

Mexican Gothic is a creepy book that had me hooked from the beginning. As soon as Noemi arrives at the house, there is suspense and horror. I do not read a lot of horror novels but definitely would categorize this book as a mystery/horror. I enjoyed it and it wasn’t too creepy for me.

Every day in the house there is something new and creepy that Noemi discovers. From weird dreams to weird interacts with the staff. This really kept me on the edge of my seat.

I recommend Mexican Gothic to fans of dark, creepy, suspenseful books.

About the Author

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noiseabout music and magic, won a Copper Cylinder Award. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, focused on narco vampires in Mexico City. It was one of NPR’s best books of 2016.Gods of Jade and Shadow was the 2020 American Library Association Reading List winner in the Fantasy category and won the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as Cthulhu’s Daughters)Fungi, Dead North and others. Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press. She co-edited the horror magazine The Dark with Sean Wallace from 2017 to 2020. She’s a columnist for The Washington Post and reviews books for NPR.

She has an MA in Science and Technology Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis can be read online and is titled “Magna Mater: Women and Eugenic Thought in the Work of H.P. Lovecraft.”

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