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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.
Do you ever read a book and then immediately think that it is a book that you will never forget. That is exactly what I though upon finish Mexican Gothic by Silvia-Moreno Garcia.
I mean, I went into this book expecting to love it, but I never expected to be completely blown away. Mexican Gothic has been described as as “feminist reimagining of Gothic fantasy” that is ideal for fans of Jane Eyre and Rebecca. Well, these are two of my all time favourite books, so naturally that description caught my attention. Jane Eyre and Rebecca are big shoes to fill, to say the least. I had high expectations for this book, which is often a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, in this case every single one of my expectations was exceeded. This book is fantastic.
A word of warning to readers that are a bit on the queasy side – Mexican Gothic is horrific at times. I don’t want to say too much, but if you are put off by unsavoury things, perhaps don’t pick this book up. It will certainly not be the book for you.
Mexican Gothic is one of those books that will have your heart racing throughout. It may also make you feel a bit sick, for reasons that I cannot disclose without giving away the main twist. I’ll just say this – I did not see it coming. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this twist, and I have some weird dreams. I feel that most other authors could not pull off what Moreno-Garcia does in this book, but the writing is honestly so fantastic that it all just works.
This book definitely will not be for everyone (and I think anyone who has read it can agree with me there), but if you enjoy gothic fiction then do not pass up on this wonderful novel. Trust me, it will blow your mind.
Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that twist!
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