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We're dying here. Figuratively, but also literally because... this book is insane! It will give you nightmares for a week after you finish reading it and every day while you're reading it. Be ready to live in a gothic mansion inside a story with more secrets that any novel should be allowed to have. At least you'll be side by side with an awesome protagonist. Check this book out, please. You'll be riveted from beginning to end.
Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled as long as they don’t mind a heaping dose of all-out horror. Moreno-Garcia offers a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror, set in 1950s Mexico.. READ MORE
Nilufer Ozmekik: This book is insanely terrifying, spin-tingling, horrifying, mind blowing, eyes popping, tear jerker (nope it’s not emotional, you cry like a baby because you realize you just pissed your pants when you were reading it and you’re dying from humiliation! I’ve been there!), paranoid, a dangerous dancing between Mexican folklore, horror stories and Darwin’s theory of natural selection. READ MORE
I JUST finished this deliciously good read. (I still haven’t eaten breakfast yet if that tells you anything about my level of commitment to finish the book this morning after staying up much too late reading through most of it last night.)
So! Quick little review. This one truly lives up to its title and follows a young, confident, and strong-willed female protagonist, Noemí, who is sent by the request of her father to check in on a newly married cousin living in an off-the-map kind of town a little ways away from Mexico City. Something’s not quite right with the cousin, and Noemí is determined to rescue her and set things right.
Enter the location, the house, the house staff, the family ... and we get those “something isn’t quite right ... something is ... off” vibes. You know the kind I’m talking about. The house is run down and not normal. Something’s weird about the staff—they’re quiet, controlling, strange. The family seems to have a strange (and entirely messed up) history shrouded in secrecy.
The first half of the book, those eerie gothic feelings were strong, and by about halfway, the other foot fell and we, along with our leading lady, started to discover the real truth. The book quickly left the realm of anxious suspense and moved into a different kind of realm of horror. The kind that’s not quite fully believable but if we suspend our disbelief, it fits perfectly on the pages of a horror novel. You continue to read now, not because you are getting creepy vibes, but because now you know what’s actually happening and you just hope Noemí can actually escape her horrific fate!
Ultimately, the best way to describe this one was a modern mashup of Rebecca & My Cousin Rachel meets The Haunting of Hill House (the book, not the movie) meets The Ruins. That’s about all I’ll say without giving anything else away, but I really enjoyed this one!! Obviously a 5-star read for me and unputdownable! Visit her page HERE
This is not the typical haunted mansion story. It's twisted, exhilarating, claustrophobic, and intriguing. A mix of suspense and horror. Actually, a better description is addictively creepy. It kept us glued to the pages, stuck in the story, tripping with the chills and turns, and rooting for the absolutely brave protagonist. Above all, this book is original and mind-bending. Make sure to read it soon so you can comment with fellow bookstagrammer, because as you might have guessed.... everyone is talking about it.
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♢♦︎♢ 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 ♢♦︎♢ 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: Mexican Gothic 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿: Silvia Moreno-Garcia 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗿𝗲: Horror/Gothic fiction 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 4.2⭐️ Happy pub day to this wonderfully chilling, historical horror novel and thanks to @jordys.book.club and @bostonbookfanatic of @mystery.book.club and @delreybooks for the early copy! More reminiscent to me of the themes and vibes of American Horror Story than the classics like Jane Eyre or Rebecca to which it’s been compared, this creepy, fever-dream of a book slowly drags you in until you can’t stop reading. You’ve got this snarky, independent Mexican socialite sent to check on her cousin after they receive a concerning letter from her. Then one of the weirdest Addams meets Manson family-esque bunch of creepy in-laws lording over this decrepit mansion. Throw in some of the most chill-inducing, skeevy nightmares, some truly gag-worthy scenes, and a bunch of mushrooms and fungus and you’ve got this book. While it was a bit slow to start, the mystery of what was going on kept propelling the book forward. Are they just psychos? Is High Place haunted? What’s with all the family’s weird rules and obsession with eugenics? And what has Noemi’s cousin Catalina in such a weird state? While I was never completely floored by any of the reveals, I did really enjoy the trip getting there. I didn’t fully connect with Noemi but she did have some one liners that had me cracking up (the Church of the Holy Incestuous Mushrooms in particular). I also appreciated the 1950’s time period and Mexican culture sprinkled throughout but that it was also just a really great story that happened to take place there. I’ll for sure never eat another mushroom again, and someone better be making this into a movie ASAP!
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