As A Mexican-American I can fully say that I appreciate and love this story! The mention of curandera’s, La Lorona felt like I was back listening to my great grandmother tell me tales to warn me from making mistakes that would haunt me!
And haunting is what La Reina De Las Chicharras did! This story had so many layers and you got different narratives as each “culprit” paid the price for their sin! It was a little jarring at first to keep pace with what was happening within the story but once I got invested it was easy to see how the changing of narrators helped the story move alone and flow!
This book made me feel proud of my heritage and where I came from! I loved the strong female leads who may have seem weak but were fighters in their own way! Belinda was any woman lost trying to be who she is in her soul as well as fighting for what is hers in the world! She’s a misunderstood soul and you could feel how her curiosity for Milagros was more than just wanting truth but wanting to bring rest to a tortured soul!
There are moments of suspense and agonizing horror but also moments of hope and peace! I love the line that Castro plays between faith and spirituality!
A very dark, twisted story that you will fall in love with if you’ve always wondered what awaits on the other side.
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