Publisher: Del Rey / Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Horror / Gothic
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.
Wow, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is definitely one of the most unique and creepy books I have read in a bit! I loved the gothic vibes, and even though the pacing is slow, it still felt steady enough that I wasn’t bored. It takes a while to get to the action, but once you are there things move at a very quick pace until the end. I don’t read too much horror, but I loved the way the author married suspense and horror together in this book. It was also incredibly atmospheric, and it would make for a terrific fall/Halloween read. It is super dark as you would expect from a gothic horror novel, so be prepared to be both horrified and seriously creeped out!
I listened to the audio and Frankie Corzo really killed it with her narration. I think listening to it made it even creepier, so I would highly recommend going that route for this one. I was super into the book and listened to it in just a couple of days. When I got over the 50% mark I knew I would be finishing it the same day and that’s exactly what I did. You just can’t help but wonder what will happen next and just how disturbing the author will take things. I didn’t love Noemí at first, but I grew to love her as the book went on. She was clearly a strong female character which I loved, and I was rooting for her to get her cousin out of that creepy-ass mansion.
If you are ready for a chilling, gothic novel I highly recommend Mexican Gothic. Even though I think it would be best read in the fall, I would still read it in any season if you are in the mood to be creeped out. I also liked how there was a little dash of romance in the book to lighten things up a bit, but overall the feeling of the book is definitely dark and ominous. High Place is one of the creepiest settings ever and I think a lot of people will fall in love with this book and Moreno-Garcia’s writing style. She really killed it with Mexican Gothic, and I can’t wait to read more from her!