This review is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
If you want a horror story complete with a strong lead character, haunted house, and a mysterious set of events, then read Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic. You won’t be disappointed and it will have you guessing until the end.
Noemi Taboada’s father has received a disturbing letter from his recently married niece, Catalina, and has sent Noemi to investigate Catalina’s well-being. Though Noemi is an elite socialite thanks to her family’s wealth, she is strong-willed and not easily pushed over. Her father knows she will see the truth of what’s happening to Catalina and will do what’s best for her health.
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Despite the expansive and well-established estate sitting high on a mountain in the Mexican countryside, High Place is anything but glamorous. It’s quite the opposite, actually, with the ever-present mist, absence of electric lighting, and constant gloom that seems to never lift. The occupants of the house match the atmosphere. The family and their servants observe silence most of the time, do not allow music and are devoted to the family’s patriarch, Howard Doyle.
Immediately, Catalina’s situation is apparent to her cousin. Noemi knows something is wrong and Catalina is not her usual bright, chatty, and upbeat self. As she tries to figure out what’s happening with her, she realizes something much bigger is happening at High Place. And whatever is happening is having a direct effect on her mentally unstable cousin.
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It’s clear from the start there’s a chain of command present with Howard being at the top quickly followed by his eldest son, Virgil. Howard’s sister, Florence, is clearly in charge of the house’s affairs including the care of Catalina. Both Virgil and Florence stand in Noemi’s way of investigating the source of Catalina’s trouble, but she has Florence’s son, Francis, as an ally.
After speaking with the town’s physician and getting confirmation of Catalina’s fragile state of health, Noemi begins a plan to get them both out of there. Whatever is happening at High Place is malicious, and she doesn’t plan on sticking around to find out. Only thing is, neither the house nor the family will let her leave.
I won’t give more to the story lest I’ll spoil the ending. It truly is a horrifying tale and I hope it gets a movie adaptation in the near future. I give it four out of five stars.
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