Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week’s episode of My Burn Book

Genre: Horror

My Rating: ⭐⭐ – DNF

I walked into this one knowing it would be slow burn with low expectations, yet I still somehow managed to walk out disappointed. How does that even happen?!!

WARNING: I’m about to be a total buzz kill and point out all the things that didn’t work for me:

– In chapter 3, there was akward conversation between Noemi & Howard Doyle. I get what the author was trying to achieve, but it just felt completely left field for me.

Detail overload! I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary details, from what Noemi was doing, to what she was eating and drinking during her stay at High Place.

Setting. I was hoping that the 1950’s setting was going to have me on a high note, but even that was disappointing for me.

It felt very present day and like I was reading a YA novel.

Horror/thrill factor. This will be different for everyone, but 1) it wasn’t scary or creepy for me, and 2) the suspense dragged on for waay too long.

The Reveal. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna spoil it, but I thought it was stupid.

So is it worth reading?

There’s a story for everyone. I’d say..support your library on this one!

Have you read it? Did you enjoy it?

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed 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.

4 thoughts on “Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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  1. FINALLY. Someone who didn’t like this one. I did finish it, though I was listening to the audiobook, and I hated it! I have a review coming out next week about my thoughts but ughhh it was so boring!

    Honestly…I didn’t even realize it was a 50’s setting?! I 100% thought it was modern day but she was just visting a very traditional family lol oops

    It also wasn’t scary to me at all? It wasn’t even that original. Meh.

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