I did enjoy this book to start with, though it felt a little unfair on the beats. A young woman moves to Mexico City to find herself. She quickly gets fed up with the expat community and despite doing all the tourist things herself, wants to experience Mexican culture first hand. It is interesting to see how she repeatedly fails to fit in. How she's so judgemental and how her brother is able to effortlessly move into Mexican culture and is able to find the cool hangouts and fun things to do.
What's really odd about the book though is the move from "exploring cultural identity" to kidnapping and murder. While it was an intense read, claustrophobic and quite gripping in retrospect it seemed quite odd. It really was the "pot is the gateway drug" story that all the anti-drug propaganda war warned us about. It seemed that because she was hanging out with "communists" who smoked pot, it was inevitable that she would get mixed up in the murder and kidnapping, because she had poor choice in friends. Whereas the white people who only hung out with ex-pats were fine. It seemed to be a very odd message. Particularly as it ended up with the main character never able to return to Mexico. It seemed to focus on the negative whithout giving much positive insight into the culture.
The art style was ok, not exactly my thing, the lines were quite heavy. I must admit while I did find this quite interesting I am not that keen on getting any more works by this author....Continua