by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrator: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction, Horror
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An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.
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.
Atmospheric and chilling Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic narrated by Frankie Corzo drew me in and held me captive. Fans of gothic horror will be drawn to this tale with its creepy mansion setting.
From the cover to the hype, I knew I needed to listen to Mexican Gothic. I’ve long been a fan of gothic horror and this has all the classic elements readers and listeners alike enjoy.
The Setting is an eerie, neglected and damp mansion. After her father receives a suspicious letter from her recently married cousin Catalina, Noemi is sent to High Place. Set in the Mexican countryside this remote setting proved atmospheric.
Noemí is headstrong, smart and not at all pleased to be going but does her duty. She doesn’t know Catalina’s husband or his strange family, but she is determined to help Catalina. Alone and at the mercy of this strange, unsettling family, she discovers the unthinkable….
The tale that unfolds was creeptastic, gory, and twisted. It will leave you sleeping with the lights on. The author’s prose and vivid descriptions of the home and the people within sent goosebumps down my spine.
Noemí finds herself living a nightmare and questioning her own sensibilities as sounds emerge from the walls and dreams blend into reality.
With help from the family’s youngest son, Noemí will need to learn the secrets of this family beginning with the ancient patriarch. The author makes the unimaginable seem real and the terror very real.
The cast of characters from locals to the family were well developed and had me questions their motives, reactions and poor Catalina’s medical state.
Frankie Corzo did a wonderful job with the narration. From her tone to the voice she gives our protagonist, she enhanced the tale. Between the author’s descriptive writing and Corzo’s tone there were moments that had me clutching a blanket, unable to blink.
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Tasya @ The Literary Huntress
Great review! Everyone seems to be loving this and I’m really looking forward to read this one since I’m always a sucker for atmospheric reads, especially the creepy ones!
I hope you love it.
Glad you enjoyed it, this is on my TBR! Great review!
Sweet. Happy reading/listening!
Debbie S Haupt
OMG goose bumps!!!
Aj @ Read All The Things!
This book sounds perfect for me, but the library waitlist is so long! I love anything that can be described as “creeptastic.” Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I waited over a year once for an audiobook..lol
Great review! I read this one – and can imagine that the audiobook version would be enthralling.
Cool. Yes, I think the narration enhanced the creepiness.
Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLit
This one sounds so good and I hope I can get my hands on it soon! 🙂
Enjoy Stacy! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
I wasn’t really sure about this one at first, but the more I see it around and the more reviews I read, I know I need to check it out. I’m glad to hear that you really loved this one!
Sweet. I am glad you are going to give it a go 🙂
Wow, I really like the sound of this one.
I could see you enjoying this Mary!
Maureen @ Maureen's Books
I’m glad you liked this one Kimberly. It sounds interesting. And I loooove that cover!
It’s gorgeous. Thanks Maureen!
Lauren @ Always Me
I loved this one. I bet it would be outstanding on audiobook. 🙂
Yay. Glad you enjoyed it. Yep, the narrated elevated the atmospheric setting and heartbeats…eep!
Looks like a good horror month for both you and Ethan. 🙂 I am a wuss with horror, but I have tip-toed into Gothic Horror now and then because I love the atmosphere. This sounds like a really good one and worth the hype.
Yeah this had some truly gritty moments, but I think you’d enjoy it.
Oh I didn’t know about this one but you made me curious!
Thanks Melliane 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed this more than I did. It felt too long and drawn out for me. I did like the premise though.
I think the narration changes that Ali.
i have been to mexico numberous times. loved it and love books that take place there. i also love horror, so the mix is especially appealing
Me too. I cruised there for my honeymoon.
I do love a good horror and it has been awhile since I read one. Adding this to my list.
Happy readling/listening 🙂