Content/Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault/Attempted Rape/Gore/Murder/Suicide/Violence/Abuse/Captivity/Incest/drug use/poison
Mexican Gothic is a delightfully dark, creepy and atmospheric novel. I’ve been trying to save this book for October but I just couldn’t hold off anymore, it was calling to me. Set in 1950s Mexico, this is a haunting and beautifully written book.
Noemí, is a beautiful socialite, who receives an an unsettling letter from her newly wed cousin Catalina. She is begging for someone to come rescue her from her husband, who she claim is poisoning her. Noemí’s father decides that she is to go to the manor and discover what is truly going on.
The moment Noemí arrives at high place, the novel takes on an eerie dark tone. The Doyle’s are not at all what she expected. Florence, insists on maintaining insane and strict household rules, and Virgil , Catalina’s husband, goes from calm and handsome to cruel and creepy.
I have heard a lot of people talk about how they found the first half of the book to be slow, but that wasn’t the case for me. I was intrigued and sucked into the story very early on.
‘They can make you think things, a voice whispered. She’d heard that voice before, somewhere in this house. They make you do things.’
This book took a turn that I did not see coming at all. I will warn you that some scenes are graphic and can be unsettling. I did not find this book to be scary, but I do watch and read my far amount of horror. However some of the scenes where incredibly weird and disturbing.