Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria Review
Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal Fiction
Synopsis From Goodreads:
Regina was born and raised in the small town of Heridos, where gods and spirits walked the earth.
Until they didn’t.
Ten years ago, the whole town produced a bad harvest – rice grains as black as soot – and the people of the town moved on, away from the soil and the farms, believing the gods and spirits have abandoned them.
It is ten years later, on a Friday before a long weekend, and Regina ends her shift at an office in Makati. She walks home with a new colleague named Diana. Diana, following a strange and disturbing conversation with Regina, does not appear at the office on Monday, and the day after that.
And the day after that.
On Thursday, Regina opens her bag and finds a folded piece of paper filled with Diana’s handwriting.
On the page are two names and a strange map that will send Regina home.
Rating: 5 stars!
Here’s the thing: I’m not a big fan of horror, mystery or thrillers. I don’t like jump scares. I cover my eyes and ears when the creepy theme music comes on. But here’s one thing my sissy ass can’t resist: good writing and classic Filipino folklore. Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria has both of these things and to say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement.
The story centers around a regular girl named Regina, her small hometown of Heridos and the gods that used to roam its fields.
Lots of things come into play in this relatively short novel (it’s only 230 pages).
There is the mystery of the dying crops from ten years ago. There’s Regina’s odd office mate, Diana. There’s the map that would ultimately lead her back home to Heridos. How are these elements connected? What are these characters hiding? The author keeps a great pace, dropping breadcrumbs with each turn of the page. As a reader, you can’t help but to follow the trail and be engrossed with the story.
It doesn’t help that I’m a huge sucker for Filipino folklore and mythology. I love our old (almost forgotten) gods and I don’t think they get enough recognition in modern Filipino literature. It’s wonderful to see them here, front and center, alive and wreaking havoc.
Well, at least some of them are.
Lastly, I think the best mysteries are those told against the backdrop of everyday life. Eliza Victoria does this flawlessly. I can hear the motorists slogging through the payday Makati traffic. I can see the floral prints on the typical Filipino sala set. There are jeep rides, tricycle rides, rice fields, and small sleepy towns. I can see all of them vividly in my mind’s eye and that’s what makes this book utterly eerie and spooky. It’s so relatable that you can’t help but look over your shoulder after this book is over.
I’m not gonna go into a lot of details so as not to spoil anything. One thing’s for sure, though: if you want a great read that will give you the heebie-jeebies, Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria is a great choice.
5 spooky stars for this one!