Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Published on: 30/06/2020
Source: e-ARC from Netgalley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a mesmerising feminist re-imagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a young socialite discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.
He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.
When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims that her husband is poisoning her and her visions of restless ghosts seem remarkable, even for her.
Noemí’s chic gowns and perfect lipstick are more suited to cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing, but she immediately heads to High Place, a remote mansion in the Mexican countryside, determined to discover what is so affecting her cousin.
Tough and smart, she possesses 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 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, 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 leave this enigmatic house behind . . .
*I received an e-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in return for an honest review*
I really really enjoyed Mexican Gothic. It was highly addicting and engaging read, and it gets more and more addicting as you keep on turning the pages.
Why I loved this book:
1) One of the main reasons I really loved this book was the dreams. They were so vivid and weird. And also so well described. I generally have this problem with books, I can’t visualise the complex dream sequences properly. But nothing of that sort happened in this book. Silvia Moreno-Garcia did such a great job in describing everything so beautifully.
2) Mexican Gothic was creepy and weird. It has a creepy vibe from the beginning only, but it’s not a lot, but as you read more and more, you will realise just how creepy and weird it gets. I love books which are weird and creepy, and Mexican Gothic was no exception. I loved the creepy atmosphere and the creepy dreams, and every other creepy thing that happened.
3) I really loved Noemi’s character. She is a bit spoiled, she is a bit vain but she is also very strong and brave. Okay, is it weird that I both want to be her and date her? Anyway, I love loved her character. I loved all the other characters of this book as well. Each and every character of this book was so fleshed out and well developed. Even if they were not the main characters, they were still so well written.
I need to say this, Francis I love you! Noemi is my first crush and Francis is my second.
4) When everything got revealed, I was really surprised. Believe me, I have never been so dumbstruck. I never ever thought that was what was happening. This main twist was just so surprising and brilliant and unique and weird. Even if all the reasons above were not enough for you, read this book just for this twist. It is so brilliant.
5) I loved their love story. I am not going to say who it was between, no spoilers, but I will just say this, I loved their love story. I loved the way it developed, I really liked the few cute moments that happened between them…. In short I loved everything about their love story.
So, why not 5 stars?
Mexican Gothic was a great great book. I really enjoyed it. The writing was really good, the twist was really unique and I loved the characters. But this book was not extraordinary. Okay, I will say it. It was the hype. This book was so hyped, that even after that incredible twist I kept searching for another one. There is nothing wrong with this book, I was just left a bit underwhelmed. If I had read this book before all the glowing reviews got published, I would have loved it much much more, I know that.
If you are looking for a horror, which is well written and also has awesome characters and also has a revelation that will blow your mind, then look no further, just purchase Mexican Gothic and start reading it!