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.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno- Garcia. Published by Del Rey, June 2020. Audiobook edition runs for 10 hours and 39 mins. Narrated by Frankie Corzo. * I received a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *
Wow! I am not sure how to even start this review…
Mexican Gothic was… so much more then what I was expecting! I was prepared for a slow burn old school gothic, but what I got was a straight up fresh dose of horror wrapped in a classic gothic candy wrapper. This was like a glorious nod to classic stories by Micheal McDowell with a Lovecraftian twist. I was not ready for that at all and I absolutely loved this book! For once I find a book backed by much deserved hype and buzz.
Let’s start with the plot. You have all the great things all classic gothic novels have. Creepy family. Check. Remote location. Check. Scary older family head. Check. A scary house that is just as much a character in the story as any of the people. Check. A young women who finds herself stuck at all of the above and is in over her head. Check. Now lets add snobby racism, a family remember that needs to be rescued, and a damsel in distress role reverse. This book had all the feels! From the beginning I was absolutely captivated by the plot. Already on the edge of my seat from the first chapter. And then things get CRAZY. Mexican Gothic was a real whisker twister.
There is some really great atmosphere in this book and some really disgusting visuals to be had. I loved it. This needs to be a movie stat. Not Hollywood, but Netflix could do it proper. It took me a few days to let everything really sink in and I’m still just sitting here going “WHOA.” So much fun. I will definitely be re-reading this again and again. I pretty much already want to and I just finished it the other day! I will be recommending this one in book clubs and online groups for a long time. So good!
Loved the narration of the audiobook. She did a great job. Felt very convincing in capturing the personalities of each character. She also did a very nice job with gender and age, which is always so helpful in an audiobook. Everyone had their own voice. Very important.
I just want to end this review by saying…. go read this book. Now.