Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Review


Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Del Rey Books | Pub: 6/30/20


“We thought monsters and ghosts were found in books, but they’re real, you know?”

I went into Mexican Gothic with mixed feelings. The reviews for this book have been all over the place. So many people said this book was slow, boring, not scary and so I put it in my head that it would be a DNF for me.

Mexican Gothic is about Noemi, who travels to High Place to check on her cousin, Catalina. Catalina fell in love and married quickly and wrote a very odd letter to Noemi’s father. Her father sends her to check up on her cousin, to make sure Catalina is okay. The Doyle’s were not properly ready for feisty Noemi. Thinking a woman would comply easily was a mistake…

The amount of likable characters was super slim, but I suppose that was the point. I LOVED Noemi, I enjoyed Francis, and Catalina was good too though not really present.

I am so glad I read this book! I didn’t find it slow at all. It was subtly creepy throughout with a weird twist at the end. The only thing I wish would have happened would have been an epilogue because I need to know what happened to those that made it.

If you like a slow burn, subtly creepy book with a smart and strong female main character, I suggest reading this book. Seriously loved it. Most likely making my top 10 of 2020.

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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.

No comments

Post a Comment