Today is the day that Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is released. Ever since I read her Gods of Jade and Shadow last year I’ve been a fan. Mexican Gothic is a very different kind of beast but equally as good. So I am honored to take part in Jo Fletcher books blog tour for this book to hopefully shine some extra light on this book and the author.
You can find the other stops on the blog tour on Twitter with their usernames in the above graphic.
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.
Thank you to Jo Fletcher Books for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
1 It is written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Wait that is not enough for you? But I shall spell it out for you.
2 Wonderful prose.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia manages to get under your skin. She knows how to create an atmosphere through her writing and descriptions. The way a character acts, looks and moves all add greatly into that.
3 Slow build, Hard Slap
The story builds up slowly with Noemi who goes out to her cousin in High Place after her father receives a letter from her cousin who asks to be saved from her new husband and current residence. The slow build helps set up the setting and moves in little details that are creepy but not proof of something necessarily.
And then bam, we move from a few drops to a big storm in a matter of a few moments. It was well crafted and set up.
4 Not Always Like-able Characters
Our characters are not quite like-able characters which works very well with the setting.
Noemi is a debutante who cares a great deal about how she looks and comes across. Yet she is also tough and has dreams of attending university, even if that isn’t quite acceptable for a woman of her standing. She comes from a place of privilege in the big city, and on occasion is honestly quite condescending. It doesn’t always make her that like-able. On the other hand there is also no question about her heart being in the right place. She’s just human.
5 Romance Dynamic Interesting
Very often these days we find love interests for main characters to be dominant, especially when it is in heterosexual relationships and it is a male. In this story this was different. Noemi strikes up a friendship with the youngest son of the family her cousin married into which then slowly turns into something more. He is shy and a kind soul. Noemi is much more straightforward in her interactions with him. I really appreciated that dynamic.
6 Creepy as Fuck
And lastly this book has a good amount of creepy going for it. Imagine having to go to a mansion where you are not welcome. When a graveyard is very close by. Where the house starts talking to you in your dreams and it is like there is blood everywhere. That it sometimes feels like someone is taking over your actions and feelings, but you can never quite put your finger on it. And then I’m not even talking of the creepfest at the end there.
If you enjoy dark noir books that creep you, this book set in setting that is not from the Western world, should for sure appeal to you. And otherwise Sylvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing should sell you over.
Title: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Release Date: June 30th 2020
Tags: Adult | Fantasy | Gothic Fantasy | Hystorical | Mystery | Horror | Family | Mexico
Trigger Warnings/Content Warnings: Body Horror | Cannibalism | Rape | Gore | Incest
Other Books By This Author I Reviewed
Gods of Jade and Shadow