A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona as she unravels the dark secrets of her family history in this ravishing and provocative horror novel.
At the beginning of The Haunting of Alejandra, Alejandra, a wife and mother of three, believes that she is just suffering from depression. Little does she know that La Llorona is waiting to take her soul. The reader gets a glimpse of how La Llorona made a deal with Alejandra’s ancestor from Mexico which resulted in a long line of souls to reap.
Alejandra has recently had her third child with her unsupportive husband. He provides for the family but he wants her to be a stay at home mom. He keeps telling her that this is the plan that she agreed to and Alejandra just goes along with it. I think she wanted to keep the peace but she does want to do something besides being a mom.
So Alejandra begins therapy with Melanie, who specializes in therapy with a focus on Hispanic culture. With the help of Alejandra’s biological mother, they discover the motivation of La Llorona and also a way to possibly defeat her.
When I started the book, I was traveling to Detroit. Between the spookiness of the book and the nightmare of highways, it was too much anxiety for me. I quit reading for the day. It has been a long time since a book has scared me so much. Kudos to the author – V. Castro! I will forever be scared of La Llorona and bad marriages.
If you want to read a seriously spooky book about La Llorona, then you will have a chance when The Haunting of Alexandra is published next April.
If you are more of a child to your spouse than a partner, then it is time to grow up. After maturing, maybe you can enjoy this book.
- I received the ebook from NetGalley. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.