[Read] ➳ Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Stevemiddleton.info
This Sounds Incredible 3.5 starsNoem Taboada is sent by her father to High Place after receiving a letter from her recently married cousin, Catalina Her cousin s letter in unsettling and her father hopes Neomi can help her cousin and bring back answers as to her cousin s mental status.Noem arrives at the distant home called High Place Her husband s family lives there, and she doesn t know them at all, but it doesn t take long for her to know that something isn t quite right with them Talk about pushy, demanding and controlling It becomes crystal clear that her cousin has changed since her marriage She has moments of clarity and moments where she is clearly not herself Plus, her cousin s husband, Virgil and his family do not want Noem bringing in outside doctors or taking her cousin to seek medical attention elsewhere Not only that, but they also limit the amount of time she is able to visit with her cousin Strange.hmmmHigh points for originality This book is creepy with a capital C Soon the you know what begins to hit the fan and this freakshow of a family begins to show their true colors There is a saying you can t choose your family but this family would disagree.This book is dark, creepy, atmospheric and chilling The descriptions are very vivid, and I could easily see this book playing out in my mind I could see this book being a movie I did wish for the pacing to be a little faster at times There were parts where I felt as if I were trapped in High place and wanted to escape myself Overall, very original, dark, atmospheric, chilling and just plain strange at times Plus, I think this book cured me from ever wanting to eat a certain food item again BTW How about that cover Thank you to Random House Publishing Ballantine Del Rey and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. From The Author Of Gods Of Jade And Shadow Comes A Reimagining Of The Classic Gothic Suspense Novel, A Story About An Isolated Mansion In S Mexico And The Brave Socialite Drawn To Its Treacherous Secrets He Is Trying To Poison Me You Must Come For Me, Noem You Have To Save Me After Receiving A Frantic Letter From Her Newly Wed Cousin Begging For Someone To Save Her From A Mysterious Doom, Noem 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 Noem Knows Little About The Region Noem Is Also An Unlikely Rescuer She S A Glamorous Debutante, And Her Chic Gowns And Perfect Red Lipstick Are Suited For Cocktail Parties Than Amateur Sleuthing But She S Also Tough, Smart, And Has 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 Noem And Not Even Of The House Itself, Which Begins To Invade Noemi S Dreams With Visions Of Blood And DoomHer Only Ally In This Inhospitable Abode Is The Family S Youngest Son Shy And Gentle, He Seems To Want To Help Noem , 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 Noem Digs Deeper She Unearths Stories Of Violence And Madness And Noem , Mesmerized By The Terrifying Yet Seductive World Of High Place, May Soon Find It Impossible To Ever Leave This Enigmatic House Behind Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestDNF p.84I am actually a huge fan of retro Gothic novels from the 60s and 70s, so when I found out about MEXICAN GOTHIC, a Latinx take on the popular Gothic novel subgenre, I was pee in my pants excited Just look at that cover OMG Stunning Sadly, the cover is the best thing about this book It was SO BORING Noemi is a socialite whose father doesn t approve of her superficial ways She goes to see her cousin in the countryside after receiving a mysterious and paranoid sounding letter about poison and danger it sounds like she might fear her husband and his family Right away, things are well, not creepy, but definitely not like home One of the older relatives is a fan of eugenics, the house is creaky and old, and Noemi has strange nightmares every night Oh, and her cousin has tuberculosis and might be going mad or maybe not.This had the perfect recipe for a good book but the writing plodded and it was just so uninteresting to me Wooden, I think, is the term I m looking for I had the same problem with THE SEVEN AND A HALF DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE, a book that purported to be an engaging mystery but ended up being wooden and kind of lame.Giving this two stars since I feel I could probably find it OK if I forced myself through it, but as tedious as this is, why bother I have other things to read during this period of self quarantine that aren t going to make me fall asleep Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 1.5 stars I haven t gotten much sleep four three days because my kid is sick and snotty And yet last night when he was finally sleeping soundly, when I could have been catching up on hours and hours of sleep I stayed up til two in the morning finishing this stupid book.It has everything you want a decaying mansion that smells of rot and ruin a stubborn young socialite drawn into its dark mysteries ghosts that scream warnings in the walls a handsome young husband with a corroded soul a family curse cemeteries, convertibles, mushrooms, 50s fashion, wedding gowns with yellowed lace.It was dark, intense, chilling, subversive, sometimes disgusting, smart, intricate, and gorgeous Read it You won t regret it This book is not stupid It is stunning I m the stupid one, because now my eyes are bleary and bloodshot and I still haven t slept Assuming that you are a person who loved Wuthering Heights and Crimson Peak and wants to read a better, subversive version set in the mountains of Hidalgo. a gothic suspense novel set in 1950s Mexico and a book cover that could cut a bitch yes, i m keeping my eye out for this one. I always love Moreno Garcia s fabulous writing The Beautiful Ones is still my favorite book by her but this was pretty dang close I also the loved the 1950s setting Noem was an awesome character, strong, inquisitive, and caring And Francis He was such an adorable human being My favorite thing about this book was the weirdness Such lovely and beautiful strangeness with a unique atmosphere There was some delicious creepy things that reminded me of Crimson Peak, which I love so much This author is def an auto buy for me 4.5 starsMove over, Daphne du Maurier there is a new queen of gothic suspense and her name is Silvia Moreno Garcia.The book cover is what initially intrigued me but it was the description that had me obsessed I was willing to beg for an advance copy but luckily Del Rey approved me on NetGalley and I m so thankful that they did because this book lived up to all the hype I d created in my mind The equally beautiful and tough debutante Noem Taboada has received a strange letter from her newly wed cousin Catalina, begging to be saved In it, she claims her husband is trying to poison her and that something is wrong with High Place, their house in the Mexican countryside.Noem and her father strike a deal that she will travel to High Place and visit Catalina to determine if she s ill or in danger Noem knows little of Catalina s husband Virgil and his family, other than they once held great wealth in a mining empire destroyed by a mysterious epidemicThe house loomed over them like a great, quiet gargoyle It might have been foreboding, evoking images of ghosts and haunted places, if it had not seemed so tired, slats missing from a couple of shutters, the ebony porch groaning as they made their way up the steps to the door, which came complete with a silver knocker shaped like a fist dangling from a circle Upon Noem s arrival, Catalina claims she has been incredibly ill, diagnosed with tuberculosis, and the letter was written in the throes of a high fever While this should be a perfectly acceptable explanation, Noem can t shake the feeling that something is wrong Virgil and his family are peculiar and vaguely menacing and the house itself seems to hold sinister secrets.As Noem uncovers the truth behind the family and their home, she unearths a madness beyond her wildest dreams.Mexican Gothic seriously has it all the atmosphere, the creepy characters, whispers of a family curse, plenty of tragic events in the past, a house that seems to have a life of its own.I was immediately captivated by High Place and its secrets This book is everything I could possibly want in a gothic horror novel Eat your heart out, RebeccaI recommend this book to readers who love literary fiction, gothic, horror, and or sci fi.Thanks to Del Rey and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Mexican Gothic is scheduled for release on June 30, 2020Quote included is from a digital advance reader s copy and is subject to change upon final publication.For reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com OMG I had no brain right now The author stole it I wish she would have put some bravery into my heart because I think I m not gonna sleep at least for a week and I already brought back Christmas ornaments and enlightened house I don t have any idea how much electric bill will coast next month but I m sure my husband will have the worst scream crying experience of his lifetime 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 You want to throw the book and start running outside from your house I took 5 tours around Sunset Boulevard at the rush hour and was saluted by angry drivers flipping birds but I didn t care Running gave me endorphin and adrenalin I needed Here is the eerie, ominous, petrifying plot of the book Noemi is sent to High Place after her father gets an awkward and suspicious letter from her cousin Catalina, recently got married The letter implied that she s suffering from a mental illness or there s something really wrong about her husband Virgil s mansion So Noemi goes there to check her cousin s medical condition and learn the truth hid behind her letter.But as she takes a few steps to the house, she feels that something is really really wrong about the place she s introduced to Virgil s family resembles us Manson Family meets Adam Family Yes, they re completely weird, living by strict rules, having marriages in family, covering the house s walls with deceased brides And there is a big tragedy still affects the soul of the house a daughter kills her family members and commits suicide.So as a normal person, Noemi should cry for help and run as soon as she meets that eerie people, including control freak, demanding Florence, flirting and nasty Virgil, the maids who act like they swore to silence and don t forget about Howard reminds us of long time zombie extra of Walking Dead I think he s soul mate of woman in bath in Shining And only normal person of the family is na ve, artistic, shy son of Florence Francis who loves to talk about fungus.I m not gonna give much spoiler but this riveting, heart shattering, blood freezing, scary book has so many alerting elements including ghosts, sleepwalking, violence, bloodshed, disgusting and extreme vulgarity It s so different from the first book of the author but if you ask my opinion that did I enjoy it Of course I truly did I tested my pain endurance levels I screamed a lot and I was flabbergasted, speechless at some chapters And ending, yes it s volatile, blasting but also satisfying.This means here comes another gazillion five stars But quick note when you re reading this book, don t try to eat your mushroom pizza as like I did I don t like to write what happened to me afterwards This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO twisted, unexpected, gory, exhilarating I don t know a sequel comes after that But if author decides to write it, I d be happily to consume it without thinking a second Sooooo much special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Ballantine for sharing this fantastic ARC and making my wish come true in exchange my honest review And I personally congratulate Silvia Moreno Garcia for this heart throbbing, extra ordinary book.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter This was the creepiest and weirdest book I ve read so far this year WHAT A WILD RIDE.Imagine it s the 1950 s, you re driving through a small town, up a winding hill, through some rusty gates and through the fog you see a huge Gothic mansion with a VERY troubled past.Silvia has an outstanding way with setting a mood Every bit of her writing and setting comes together into this dreamy, Gothic sense that pervades absolutely every bit of the book It s enchanting really and helps catch the reader up and make the strange world within convincing What is so terrific in this novel is the intricately woven back story to the reckoning The cryptic but riveting manner with which the passing of time is described had me enchanted It was, in a way, full of desperation and longing, though strangely beautifulThis is a plot and mystery driven novel In addition to the alarming present happenings, there s a mysterious past that Noem has yet to unscramble, and a future that remains grimly uncertain I loved that she s not supposed to be likable She s very vain and she knows it and being surrounded by a mysterious family who are incredibly strict 1 Absolute silence especially during dinner 2 No driving down to the local town3 No smoking4 No lighting better keep curtains closed 5 No hot water during baths6 Be a respectful young ladyIt lead s her to become feisty, with numerous confrontations and rebellious acts and you can t help but root for her and hope she finds the answers she seeks Also on the subject of balance, with all the eeriness and horror, I was glad to have some sweet moments of awkward, youthful romance to lighten things up Don t expect a passion filled, all encompassing love story It s a simple, yet sweet romance that leaves you smiling.Come to Mexican Gothic for the dark and creepy, and you shall likely leave satisfied.