I really enjoyed this book! What a dark, spooky premise with a crazy plot! This is a perfect Halloween read, so go grab it this October!!
Noemí Taboada arrives in her high-fashion dress with a cigarette in hand to save her cousin after receiving a desperate letter from her. The secluded mansion in 1950’s Mexico that she comes to is everything you want in a spooky setting. It’s dark and mysterious with creepy household members that hold so many secrets. The first dinner Noemí sits down to, the family explains that they eat in complete silence. It is one of the many odd quirks about this story that had me guessing from start to finish just what was happening!
Noemí soon finds that something is off. Her cousin is bedridden, supposedly from a disease, and yet, Noemí doesn’t buy it. She begins trying to get second opinions and finds herself in something bigger and more sinister than she could have ever imagined.
I had no idea what was happening in this book. The plot took me all over the place with ideas, and I was always wrong. It was a fun, fast-paced ride, that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the 1950’s setting and the descriptions of the apparel. The characters were eccentric, some were dangerous, while others were pawns in the overall situation. It was a great read, and I highly recommend it!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for readers that enjoy dark thrillers in a secluded setting and a historical period.
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An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.
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.
Just the Facts:
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Page Count: 301 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Pub Date: June 30, 2020
I was provided an advanced listener’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.