Okay, so… this book was not at all what I was expecting it to be 😳😅 I went into this one a little blind (having read the description but no reviews) and I was definitely thinking that it would have been more along the lines of a thriller/suspense read. This was not the case 😅
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is definitely a science fiction/fantasy read that was pretty creepy and gory and while this type of genre is not something I typically like to read, it definitely forced me out of my comfort zone and the strong attention to details held my interest throughout the book.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “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 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.”
While this book starts off as a slow burn, it remains enticing and quickly escalates as you get toward the end. At the end, there were a few parts that happened so quickly and in such a way that I found myself wondering how Noemi was able to piece certain details together so quickly and come to her conclusions, making bits of the story hard to follow and unbelievable. Or maybe I’m the one who just wasn’t following? 🙃🤔
I was not particularly drawn to any of the characters in this story except for Noemi. I admired her strength and stubbornness when it came to protecting her cousin and rescuing them from High Place. That being said, however, I still found all of the characters to be unique and intriguing.
Overall, while I did not love this book, I certainly found it suspenseful, twisted and hard to put down. I’m glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is best paired with Cocoa Loco by Black Flag Brewing Co. 🍻