Florida Gothic

The "Gothic" Series Book 1

Fiction - Horror
151 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2024
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Reviewed by Laura R. Brush for Readers' Favorite

In the chilling debut of her Gothic series, Florida Gothic, Mitzi Szereto plunges readers into a realm of terror and dread. Ernesto Martinez, a casualty of a heartless hit-and-run incident, is left alone to bleed out beside a murky Miami canal. His suffering is only compounded when a predatory alligator emerges from the depths to claim him. Trapped in a haunting limbo between existence and oblivion, Ernesto is forced to confront the cruel injustices that have marred his life as he hovers on the brink of mortality.

Mitzi Szereto's vivid depictions of the Cuban community in South Florida, coupled with her expert bilingual skills in Spanish and English, significantly enhance her work. Her profound understanding of these languages enriches the audience's comprehension of Cuban culture, simultaneously underlining the relentless nature of revenge. Her intricate portrayal of the sizzling, insect-ridden terrain is chillingly thorough, creating an aura of trepidation as we journey alongside Ernesto in his relentless pursuit of vengeance. Florida Gothic paints an intensely evocative depiction of an alternative way of life, intricately woven with a quest for justice. It tenderly intertwines the tragic solitude of Ernesto's life with the newfound fortitude he cultivates, all under the looming shadow of his life's end. The narrative delves deep into the emotional landscape of Ernesto's existence, stirring profound empathy and insight in its exploration of both despair and resilience. Mitzi Szereto’s words kept me riveted as I looked forward to every chapter and to what would come next for Ernesto.