Tis the season to be spooky (evil witch cackle) I love October, I always read horror and thriller books, as well as hold several horror film marathons with my fiancé (this week was Stephen King)
One of my most recent reads (as well as a new buy for me) for this spooky season was Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia.
This story begins with Noemi Taboada, a socialite from New Mexico, receiving a frantic, rather frightening letter from her cousin, Catalina. The contents of the letter is so disturbing and worrying that her father insists on her departing as soon as possible to visit her at her husband’s family estate. Catalina is often known for her dramatic outbursts but even this is much worse than she is known for. However, when Noemi arrives in the run-down, ancient mansion she gets much more than she expected. She senses danger and something lurking underneath the mould infested wallpaper and before she knows it, she slowly uncovers the truth behind the Doyle’s estate. However, the longer she remains in the Doyle’s estate the deeper she becomes entwined in the estate, and the more she discovers what is really go on in this house, the harder it becomes to escape.
Mexican Gothic really takes us back to the writing style of classic gothic which I loved. Sylvia’s penmanship is stylish, brilliant, and disturbing all at the same time. As we progress through the story we are introduced to each character, from the shy but caring youngest member of the family, Francis to the stern, matriarch, Florence and of course the head of the household, Howard Doyle, Virgil’s father who seems to take a particular liking in Noemi.
Its slow burn beginning soon transforms to a nail-biting, edge of your seat, tension-filled ending which will sink its claws in and not let go of you. This is a story which will shock, repulse and surprise you at different times!
I haven’t read many modern gothic novels, but I feel like it will be difficult to beat this one. The superb character descriptions, combined with the eerie scene setting from the misty, mushroom filled cemetery to the spooky, aged house create an altogether, wonderfully spooky, and disturbing novel to read this Halloween.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a fantastic, gothic novel which will leave you disturbed, gripped, and chilled to your bones