Synopsis: An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed 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. (Goodreads)
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020 (Del Rey, Jo Fletcher Books)
Genres: Adult, Horror
sexual assault, murder, gore,incest, cannabalism, eugenics, discussions about death of a parent, miscarriages, stillbirth, suicide, alcohol and smoking
Mexican Gothic is a gothic horror novel set in 1950s Mexico and it is so unexpected and spine-chilling that it will take you on a ride right from page one. This was a book out of my comfort zone since I do not read horror novels much but this book surprised me in the best way and completely awed me.
The story follows Noemi who’s father asks her to go to High Palace, the mansion where her cousin Catalina stays with her husband, Virgil. They have got some letters from her indicating that she is suffering from some mental illness and that something is wrong, so Noemi goes to check on her cousin to make sure she is okay. She reaches and stays at the mansion and from there starts the rollercoaster that this book is. The story is truly creepy which will give you the perfect haunted vibes and it’s intriguing till the end which will make it difficult to keep the book down. You will think the story is going in a certain way but it takes a completely unexpected route which will leave you baffled.
The characters are well-fleshed out, creepy and written so perfectly for the story. Their characterisation fit so well with the story and it was like watching a old horror film which made it so much more better. Noemi was confident and smart and loves parties. She is also brave and wise in a way which we find out as we read more and more of the story. Catalina is a soft woman but she’s clearly troubled in this creepy mansion. Her husband Virgil and his father who is the patriarch of their house plus the aunt Florence and her son Francis are all intriguing and also masked in lots of questions. The characters were written beautifully. The only small problem I had was with Francis’ character: I had expected something a little different than what happened with his character. But overall, it does not affect the experience majorly.
I absolutely ADORED the setting of the story. It was set in 1950s Mexico and the setting and descriptions were simply stunning. It gave the perfect vibes and Silvia Moreno-Garcia does such an amazing job at the setting and especially for all the creepy or scary scenes where you could actually feel what the characters were going through and what was happening. I was definitely in awe with the way the author weaved the story and blended the horror and suspense parts of the story.
The Writing and Pacing
The writing was beautiful. I have read one of Silvia’s other books, Gods of Jade and Shadow recently and I really loved it especially the writing. But what I truly love is how her writing suits the tone and setting of the book perfectly. The pacing is also great and there is not a boring part in the book and you will always be intrigued enough to turn the page to read it.
Overall, Mexican Gothic is a haunting, suspenseful and twisted book which will make you go through a myriad of emotions and make you wary of what you’re reading because its that atmospheric. Silvia Moreno-Garcia does a stunning job of weaving the horror and mystery elements along with the intriguing characters. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of horror, suspense and mystery genres. I would suggest checking out the trigger warnings once since it can get pretty heavy.
Thank you to the publisher and the author for providing me with an eARC through Netgalley and making me part of this #MexicanGothic tour. All opinions are my own.
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