A review by mkmcelroy
Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


I’m not usually a horror fan but I picked up this book looking to expand more into the genre. It definitely delivered. I enjoyed the main character a lot and thought the pacing was mostly good, only lagging a bit in the middle. The imagery was captivating, effortlessly portraying the setting’s mixture of beauty and death. I didn’t think a book could unsettle me so much, but the descriptions of gore (with Howard) and some of the dreams really got to me. It was maybe a bit too intense for my taste but still very well written and a compelling enough story that I wanted to finish it anyway.

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