• Rachel Penate

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I finished reading Mexican Gothic a few weeks ago and was really surprised to see SO many split reviews of this book. People seemed to either love it or hate it. The longer I've been a part of the book community on Instagram, the more I've developed this theory about (most) poor reviews of well-written books and I think it might be accurate for this one as well: They just didn't live up to the expectations we set in our own heads for them.

Mexican Gothic is NOT a full-blown thriller (as I think many expected). Mexican Gothic is an extremely imaginative slow-burn mystery/fantasy with some really unique elements of gothic horror. And I enjoyed the heck out of it.

What Moreno-Garcia achieves in this book is the crafting of a vivid world inside of High Place -- a place that lives and breathes just as clearly as each of its guests -- and the building of expected tension and mystery around every corner. I loved the bold and brazen Noemi and Francis' kind and courageous heart. Moreno-Garcia had me at creepy and weird but she won me over with the depth of storytelling and complex characters.

I would absolutely recommend if you appreciate books that involve elements of "historical gothic fantasy." It is wonderfully fantastical and perfectly gothic.

Did this one live up to your expectations? Did those expectations still matter in the end? I'd love to hear what you think!

Overall, a strong 4.5 ★ from me!!

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