Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Genres: Gothic, Horror, Fiction
Narrator: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 Hours & 39 Minutes
Publication Date: 10th September 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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 Noemí’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 Thoughts & Review
The first time I saw this book I knew I had to read it but with the already toppling TBR I thought I would wait. Well I got impatient and decided to download the audiobook and I’m so glad I did.
I found this to be a very weird yet atmospheric read. I thought this was well written with some great descriptions that helped set the scene and I could really visualise them perfectly in my mind, even more so while listening to the audiobook, which I did. I also loved the discovering about the history surrounding the gothic mansion and its bizarre residents.
I was also a fan of how the author has combined a number of different genres into one book. I don’t know how the author done it but although I thought the pacing was a little slow for me at times, I was never bored and just wanted to keep going with the book.
Now for the characters, well there were some really well developed ones and some that I felt were a little flat and could have been fleshed out a little better. The one character I was instantly drawn to was definitely Noemí. I liked how she came across as an intelligent and confident person who was determined to find out what was really going on.
I won’t go into too much detail in this review as I fear I will end up giving away too much and I feel this is definitely one of those books that is best enjoyed knowing as little as possible about the plot.
Overall Mexican Gothic, was a really easy read and one I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for creepy, atmospheric plot driven read.
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