Thursday, September 24, 2020

Review of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


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Synopsis: "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."

My Review: Mexican Gothic is not a book I would normally pick up but I just kept hearing so many people rave about it, so I thought I would give it a try and it was so worth it! It was so perfectly dark, twisty and eerie. It did take a while to really get into, it was very slow building but once you got invested, you are hooked. I absolutely loved the setting and atmosphere, a moldering old english home in Mexico in the 50s. The addition of a glamor/ society woman entering this place and trying to figure out what is going on gave it just the right vibe. It is really hard to properly put my thoughts down without spoiling the book for others. It is definitely a haunted house with a twist. It gives me similar vibes to a book I read last year, The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by EB Hudsbpeth, the whole playing with nature and the natural order of things. This is definitely a book to pick up in the fall and around Halloween.

My Rating: This definitely hit my need for something dark, eerie and mentally twisted. I get all the great gothic horror vibes from this book, right along with Picture of Dorian Gray and Frankenstein. I highly recommend this if you are looking for something a bit darker and atmospheric. It is not overly scary but just enough to really pull you in.  I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag.

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