This book is creepy, eerie and terrifying- great for the Halloween season. If you want a sneak peak into the novel, check out my Pinterest page for pictures of 1950’s vintage fashion, the setting of El Triunfo and more. Link above.
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
narrated by: Frankie CorzoEl Triunfo, Mexico, present time, Gothic Horror
Young, beautiful debutante Noemi is a sophisticated 22 year old in 1950’s Mexico City. She does what she wants skimming the edge of society’s expectations. At the bequest of her father, Noemi travels to the countryside in response to a letter from her newlywed cousin, Catalina, begging for help in disordered ramblings. There she finds an entire estate imported from England and dropped into the Mexican countryside- servants, doctors and all. Ill kept and melancholic, the estate is large, silent and candle lit. Like the home, Mexican Gothic is refreshingly true to the dark gothic tone.
The book was Eerie. Dark. Disgusting. Repulsively weird but utterly fascinating. There was instant intrigue with deep believable characters rushing the story along.
I did find Moreno-Garcia to be repetitive in some descriptive ways. There were so many snakes, mushrooms and bees.
Overall, the book was entertaining and perfect for a Halloween thrill.
Hulu will be featuring a drama series based on Mexican Gothic.
Frankie Corzo gave a lulling audio performance. This was my first time listening to this narrator. Her reading was airy, breezy and yet magnified the heart racing moments. Corzo’s voice fit the protagonist Noemi perfectly and yet was distinct enough to differentiate between the characters. The accents were on point but not overwhelming. The pace could have been slightly faster, but she was lively and kept me captivated.
Gourmet Mushroom Quesadilla
Warm Black Bean & Chickpea Dip
If you are planning on reading or have recently read this book, I recommend checking out my Mexican Gothic Pinterest board- especially the vintage fashion. It’s stunning!