RELEASE DATE: June 30th 2020
AUTHOR: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
GENRE: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Gothic, Horror.
PUBLISHER: Del Rey
After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
I loved Silvia’s previous work Gods of Jade and shadow which was inspired by Mayan Mythology, and Mexican Gothic was a fabulous read. It is an historical Gothic horror novel. I really had a great time reading it. The dark atmosphere the author had built was perfect and the main protagonist Noemi was amazing. I must appreciate Silvia for her creative work. Although It was a great read, I think it might be not suitable for everyone. It contains very dark themes so be warned.
Twenty year old Noemí Taboada is a socialite who likes partying, flirting with men, and dresses. Her father doesn’t approve of her wild nature especially her new conquest. When he receives a frantic letter from Noemí’s newlywed cousin Catalina, he sends Noemí to find out whether she’s okay. When Noemí finally reaches to the countryside estate called High Place, she feels something isn’t right with her cousin and the Doyle family. Her alluring husband Virgil and his father tries to convince her that nothing is wrong with her cousin, but Noemi is a smart women and she wouldn’t give up without finding her answers and her only ally is the family’s youngest son Francis.
I absolutely loved Noemí! She’s smart, independent, confident, and strong willed. I really enjoyed her character in this book. Even in the dangerous situations, she always kept her cool and stood strong. The secondary characters were interesting too especially Francis. He’s shy, caring, and adorable. His character was very refreshing. Virgil was dark, sinister, and alluring. He’s fascinated with Noemí. I was intrigued by his character but I knew he was hiding things and I’m glad Noemí didn’t fall for his charms.
The plot was dark, chilling, intense, and horrifying. From the start till the end, the plot kept me hooked. I loved how the suspense built up slowly and how everything was intricately linked together. The last part was pretty intense and disturbing. I didn’t see that coming. It was so freaky, but I still enjoyed it. The pacing was also perfect and I just loved the author’s captivating writing. The world building was superb. It was set in the 1950s in Mexico. As expected, It was dark and very much gothic.
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book! Besides thrilling, and horror stuff, I’m glad the author also focused a bit on racism, and feminism. It’s a good stand-alone read and I can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next.
I highly recommend this book if you’re into Gothic horror stuff!
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