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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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We open with a classic gothic set-up: Neomi is sent to find out the truth behind the letter written by her cousin, Catalina, claiming her English husband is trying to murder her. And, in true gothic style, we are drawn to High Place, a dilapidated mansion up a steep mountain, adjoining a graveyard, shrouded in mist, and mouldering above a disused silver mine.

The novel inverts a number of gothic tropes - othering the English family and giving our heroine a backbone. While there are comparisons to du Maurier, the story contorts itself into a series of increasingly gory hallucinations as reality blurs and distorts. From that point, Neomi’s laconic humour slips away and we’re left with slightly trippy melodrama.

Ultimately, the big bad became a bit preposterous the moment you took a breath to consider. If you’ve been on the Alton Towers ride Hex, the reveal seems a bit familiar. It barely works as a guise for a rollercoaster - it comes as something of an anticlimax for a 300-page book.

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Reading Progress

November 10, 2021 – Started Reading
November 10, 2021 – Shelved
November 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

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