Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Historical/Gothic/Fantasy)

Title: Mexican Gothic
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher:
Jo Fletcher Books
Publication Date: 23 June 2020
Pages:
336
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
Historical/Gothic/Fantasy
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico -- and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

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, smart, and has 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. 


Having enjoyed a couple of Moreno-Garcia's previous works, I was keen to explore a Gothic tale from her in Mexican Gothic. Overall, I wasn't disappointed. The story and characters caught my interest from the first chapter and held it until the end, and there was a fun twist in the story that I hadn't seen coming, but which worked very well and added a fantastical element to what I thought would be a straightforward family-secret drama. There was plenty of action, suspense and mystery throughout and the reveals were nicely handled. Recommended to fans of Gothic fiction. 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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