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Mexican Gothic

af Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--
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A very, very slow burn with an excellent conclusion ( )
  Chinesa72 | Jul 28, 2021 |
DNF-ed at about 25%. This was an interesting concept, and I definitely saw why people like it, but it wasn't the book for me.
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! Gods of Jade of Shadow was my first book by Moreno-Garcia, and I absolutely loved the Mayan mythology that was woven in throughout the story. Mexican Gothic was equally enchanting with its ghosts and many mysteries, and I really enjoyed Noemí as a main character. I'm already looking forward to reading my copy of Certain Dark Things and Velvet Was the Night. I'm pretty sure I have The Beautiful Ones on NetGalley, too. (See? Obsessed.) If you haven't read anything by this author yet, you don't know what you're missing!

I ended up listening to an audiobook for Mexican Gothic (despite starting with a physical copy), and I'm really happy I did! Frankie Corzo was an amazing narrator that really brought Moreno-Garcia's story to life. Every character had a unique voice and presence within the book, although I was particularly fond of Noemí and Francis. Noemí was very strong-willed and undaunted by the weirdness of the Doyle family. She endured their silence, their judginess, and their unwillingness to accept her presence within their home. She cracked and wavered, considered giving up once or twice, but stayed committed to helping Catalina (her cousin) and to figuring out the house's secrets.

It's clear from the start that something weird is going on, and that Catalina's sickness isn't normal. Her husband, Virgil Doyle, is as disgusting as his father, Howard Doyle. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and I despised the two of them instantly. They both spoke like they were above everyone else, and they had a superiority complex that was nauseating to read about. The way they spoke to Noemí, how they treated the women in their own family - UGH. I hate that everyone just accepted their behaviors because that's how things were done. The mind games they played were awful, too. They would say one thing when they meant another, and they seemed to enjoy making Noemí feel like she was imagining certain things. Their sick sense of humor made me feel stabby and violent. I wanted something terrible to happen to both of them.

Francis was the only descent member of the Doyle family, although he seemed fine with being a sheep for most of the book. I would have appreciated more of a backbone from him, but I can also understand and appreciate the characteristics he had. He had been raised a certain way and been burdened with knowledge and expectations that no sane person would want. I think he did his best to help Noemí and Catalina, but his family also had a very firm grip on his life and actions. No secrets were safe in High Place, and you could never be sure who was listening, or even if what you were seeing was actually happening.

Moreno-Garcia really messed with my head throughout Mexican Gothic. I never knew what was real and what was imagined, and I struggled along with Noemí to sort dreams from reality. I really loved how this story developed and the way the author chose to reveal certain chunks of information. It gently unfolded in the most unexpected ways, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I also really liked how the book ended, because while this particular story is over, it still felt like there was something unfinished about their individual lives. How will they recover after everything they've been through? What will their lives look like now? While I love a good epilogue, I think not knowing really suited this book. (★★★★★)

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  doyoudogear | Jul 23, 2021 |
The reviews of [b:Mexican Gothic|53152636|Mexican Gothic|Silvia Moreno-Garcia|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1607462569l/53152636._SY75_.jpg|73647361] are ... divided to say the least. There's more than a handfull of glowing five star reviews and a smaller but still significant number that just didn't get what the fuss was about. Halfway through... I totally get it.

I think the main problem is the absolute tonal shift that happens about halfway through the book.

The first half is a slow burn. We've got Noemí Taboada, a firey, passionate Mexican young Mexican woman who's sent off to see what's up with her cousin--married to an English gentleman that lives off in the country in what feels like a transplanted bit of England (for a reason, we'll get to that). For the most part, it's a study in contrasts. The English family is about as stereotypically English as you get and Noemí ... doesn't fit in well.

As we get on to the halfway point--things start to get creepy. There's a definite feel of mold and decay to the house and even the family; not to mention the creepy dreams.

And then... things really go off the rails. It turns out that the mushrooms and decay are actually a key part of the family. They've been keeping the head of the household alive for centuries and let him eventually control anyone in the house. It's wonderfully creepy. Gruesome at times, but for the most part, it's more of a psychological sort of horror.

Overall, a wonderfully terrifying book. I greatly enjoyed it. If anything, I would say that the first half could have been a fair bit shorter to get into the horror more quickly and there could have been a bit more of the 'Mexican' part of Mexican Gothic (Noemí is great, but the family of High Place is very very English). Still worth the read if you're into this sort of thing. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
This book is overly hyped. I was expecting an amazing horror story. Instead, I got this. I wasn't into it for most of the book and in the end, I should have just given up and moved on. Instead, I spent far too long trying to finish this book. It just had nothing going on. It gave the smallest amount of interesting things just to keep you going, but nothing really happens till the very end.

The only reason I'm giving this book 2 instead of 1 star is that the ending was pretty interesting, and I did like the character growth in the Main Character. But that was it. The romance in the book was lacking. It had very few spooky moments with no scary at all. And all in all, it was boring. Just another example of how books can be popular without having to be very good. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
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