Review | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“A woman who is not liked is a bitch, and a bitch can hardly do anything: all avenues are closed to her.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: spore prints, ouroboros, cigarettes, homemade medicine, rules, carpools, fires, wedding dresses, graves, mushrooms, creepy walls, family bonds and silver plates.

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.

Wow… This book was amazing. It starts out nice and slow, and it escalates slowly to a scary horror story. At first the pacing was a bit slow, but it got better and at some point I kept looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next!

I think this book has a very interesting and different approach on the typical “haunted house” horror story. The author was able to create a nice plot with a unique main character and unique setting. I’m usually not the biggest fan of historical books, but I think it worked very well in this book! I really liked how the setting was in Mexico and how atmospheric and rich the story was. A plus for the theme and descriptions!

Noemí was an amazing main character and I was rooting for her all along. I loved how badass and persistent she was even if she was afraid. She decided she would protect and help her cousin, and nothing would get in her way! I thought it was really interesting that our main character was a socialite – you don’t usually find socialites as main characters in horror stories.

I have to warn you that there are some disturbing scenes here and there – I mean, it’s a horror book after all. Not only there are some creepy gore scenes, but there is also a few sexual assault scenes that gave me goosebumps. So here’s your warning if you’re triggered by these topics.

Overall I was very happy with the book! I thought it was very creative and different. It’s worth reading if you’re a fan of horror books!


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