Heyyy Henny, coming on here real quick to serve a review of5/30/2021, 9:06:07 PM
Heyyy Henny, coming on here real quick to serve a review of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Thank you @delreybooks for sending me an ARC of this book, #partner Set in the 1950s, Mexican Gothic follows Noemí Toboada who after receiving a striking letter from her cousin is pull into something that she thought only existed in Gothic books from her childhood. Mainly set in an isolated mansion, this book will have you grabbing your pillow and never letting it go until you finish reading. I came into this book expecting Gothic and trust that I got all the Gothic that I could have ever have asked for. Gothic elements like the damsel in distress, long hallways, paintings that feel alive, tunnels, the uncanny, toxic masculinity, nightmares, moving wallpapers, and much more were tackled within this book. I loved the references to some of my favorites Gothic stories like Wuthering Heights, The Yellow Wallpaper, and The Castle of Otranto. Let me make something clear because I’ve seen this in a few reviews. Many of the female characters are shown to be very submissive to their male counterparts. Believe it or not, the submissive female character is a common element in Gothic literature. I instantly think of Isabella in Wuthering Heights and all three of the female characters in The Castle of Otranto. In Mexican Gothic, the protagonist, Noemí, is given this Gothic element but to a certain extent and I think this is what makes this Gothic novel a little more modern. Even though Noemí is shown at times to be very submissive to the other male characters, she is given a resilient quality to her that we don’t get to see in Gothic Literature that often; which I loved. Moving on forward, this book also tackles the genre of suspense and horror. Moreno-Garcia definitely had me scare. There were many grotesque scenes that had me in chills. Overall, if I had one criticism is that I would have loved if the characters were given a little more dimension. There were some characters that were introduced and never shown again which was a bummer. But all in all, it was a great book that gave me a good escape. Have you read Mexican Gothic? What do you think about this author?