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 Noemí’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.
I started reading this expecting a nice, Gothic novel with an “is it paranormal or is someone being gaslighted” slant. Wrong! It’s certainly Gothic, but totally paranormal. Once I was in the supernatural zone I found myself on a wild unpredictable ride with a decent side of horror which makes this a perfect read for those who like to read horror for Halloween. The house alone is one of the creepiest house settings I’ve read in a book, and then there is the creepy and disturbing behaviour of the inhabitants. I’m not a horror fan, and knowing something falls into that genre is usually enough to put me off picking a book up in the first place, so it was a happy accident that I read Mexican Gothic because it was a very enjoyable and entertaining read.