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Review-Mexican Gothic

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars ⁣

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts: Spoiler FREE

Oh Silvia Moreno-Garcia, what can I say? Your writing thrills me with your literary prose and curse words sprinkled in like a delicious sinful treat.

This story takes place in Mexico in the 1950s. Noemi is a socialite. She loves flirting, sipping on champagne and smoking cigarettes, wearing beautiful clothes and she loves a good party.

Not ready to settle down and still figuring out what she wants to do in life, she finds herself on a journey to High Place to visit a newly married cousin who seems to be having issues adjusting to her new life. She's concerned for her cousins well-being as the letter they received was disturbing at best.

Noemi is smart, witty and doesn't allow herself to be bullied or put down. She knows when its time to stand up for herself and when to admit defeat. These are some of the qualities I loved about Noemi. I found myself pleased when she'd answer back with smart replies, never losing her cool but always well tempered.

When I first heard about this book there was a lot of talk about how scary it was and how many said not to read it at night, lest you have nightmares. I did not find this to be true. Let me tell you I am the biggest chicken I know when it comes to horror movies and stories and I read this at night without any issues. In fact I finished it late last night.

What I did feel however, was a hatred towards Virgil and Florence and the great uncle Howard. These people were vile, no worse than vile. I don't think there's a word for these sickening beings. I can't even call them human. You will hate them too, I guarantee it.

This story is gothic horror for a reason. Her explanation of how things unfold and why was spectacular. The ending was perfect and I was very happy with it. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a thrilling story.

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