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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 behin Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia is a 2020 Del Rey publication An exciting new approach to Gothic Horror fiction I rarely ever comment on a book cover but this one is stunning It’s an eye catcher for sure but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover So the uestion is Does the story measure up to that magnificent cover? Mexico City 1950s Noemí Taboada a young socialite who wishes to achieve in her life than marrying a man her father approves of is given the chance to secure her dreams of attending university if she will travel to “High Place” to check on her cousin Catalina who has been writing strange alarming letters suggesting she is either uite ill or in grave danger Upon her arrival to the crumbling mansion Noemi receives a very frosty greeting from Catalina’s husband Virgil and the limited staff Even disconcerting to Noemi is her cousin’s fragility and the fierce opposition others have to Noemi’s spending time alone with Catalina Capping things off is the house itself which offers no modern accommodations not even common basics and appears to be rotting at the seams If that isn’t unsettling enough for you wait until you get a load of Virgil’s ancient Uncle Howard Almost immediately Noemi begins having extremely vivid highly sexual and lurid dreams or hallucinations Virgil shrugs this off as ‘sleepwalking’ episodes However as time passes the atmosphere in the house becomes even claustrophobic and the staff’s demeanor never thaws toward Noemi One would think they were trying to scare Noemi away but instead they are becoming and insistent that she remains in the house As horrifying as that prospect might be Noemi is also intrigued by the legends Virgil and with the youngest member of the family Francis the only friendly face on the entire estate With Francis’ reluctant help Noemi is determined to learn the history of the region and to free her cousin from the grasp of her oddly mesmerizing husband and the curse of 'High Place' This is one super creepy novel The atmosphere is off the charts spooky and the imagery is incredibly vivid The blurb calls this a ‘re imagining of the classic Gothic suspense novel’ Go with that description and think about what that word ‘re imagining’ might mean This book has been compared to ‘Rebecca’ by publicists promoters and editorial or professional reviewers Naturally I’m going to have to agree to disagree about that comparison Why? Both novels are without a doubt Gothic literature But I never viewed “Rebecca” as a horror novel The supernatural tones one senses in that novel is not at all like what one will experience when reading this novel If I could rewrite the blurb I would substitute the word ‘Suspense’ with the word “Horror” The book is very suspenseful but you are getting a true horror novel experience here and not one that is merely implied While ‘re imagining’ is a great way to describe this modern spin on the classic genre in ways than one it is pure traditional Gothic Horror The author did a fabulous job marrying Gothic and Horror creating a complex and hypnotizing tone keeping me glued to the pages especially during the last uarter of the book That said keep in mind that Gothic fiction is not known for its blistering pace However I felt like this one moved along at a nice clip despite a lag here and there It’s dark and ghastly replete with classic Gothic Grotesuerie and lots of mind tripping chills and thrills plus a little bit of romance for balance and lightness Overall this is the best Gothic horror novel I’ve read in ages

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Mexican Gothic

The region Noemí 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 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 25 starsYeah I knowthis was one of my most anticipated reads of the year As soon as I found out this would be a BOTM I grabbed it I dropped everything I was doing to read itand well that didn't work out so well The premise was amazing The cover was even amazing SO I dug into this book and I waited for it to pick up I waited and turned another page and waitedand waited Finally I turned to my fellow reviewers at page 200 to seeumm does this pick up? They said yeah wait for itOkay so it did pick up at page 250 So the last 50 pages of the book was crammed full of weirdness Noemi is living the good life She is living off daddy's dime and a socialite in Mexico City Her father makes it clear that she needs to do him a favor and head out to a remote estate that her cousin Catalina is living with her recently acuired husband Virgil He wants her to check in on her because well it appears she has lost her mind She is sending letters home of people living in the walls claims her husband is poisoning her among other bizarre statements Sounds intriguing right??? Well I thought so too I was all inYet when Noemi gets to the estate she is hardly allowed to spend any time with her cousin She is not allowed to freely roam around or do anything she wants So why doesn't she just leave? Or take her cousin? Instead the first 250 pages was spent with her mulling around the house and having vivid nightmares Sure it was creepy but there was no plot I failed to connect to ANY of the characters because there just wasn't enough information put forth about them Trust me I can take weird I LOVED Ninth House I would have given that book 10 stars if Goodreads would let me That was dark creepy weirdness and I loved it Personally for me this book took just too long to take off When it finally did it felt like a ton of stuff was jammed into the last 50 pages It was so bizarre and out there it just wasn't for it Don't let my review sway you because there are alot of fantastic reviews out there about this one Wholly Unraveled knowthis was one of my most anticipated reads of the year As soon as I found out this would be a BOTM I grabbed it I dropped everything I was doing to read itand well that didn't work out so well The premise was amazing The cover was even amazing SO I dug into this book and I waited for it to pick up I waited and turned another page and waitedand waited Finally I turned to my fellow reviewers at page 200 to seeumm does this pick up? They said yeah wait for itOkay so it did pick up at page 250 So the last 50 pages of the book was crammed full of weirdness Noemi is living the good life She is living off daddy's dime and a socialite in Mexico City Her father makes it clear that she needs to do him a favor and head out to a remote estate that her cousin Catalina is living with her recently acuired husband Virgil He wants her to check in on her because well it appears she has lost her mind She is sending letters home of people living in the walls claims her husband is poisoning her among other bizarre statements Sounds intriguing right??? Well I thought so too I was all inYet when Noemi gets to the estate she is hardly allowed to spend any time with her cousin She is not allowed to freely roam around or do anything she wants So why doesn't she just leave? Or take her cousin? Instead the first 250 pages was spent with her mulling around the house and having vivid nightmares Sure it was creepy but there was no plot I failed to connect to ANY of the characters because there just wasn't enough information put forth about them Trust me I can take weird I LOVED Ninth House I would have given that book 10 stars if Goodreads would let me That was dark creepy weirdness and I loved it Personally for me this book took just too long to take off When it finally did it felt like a ton of stuff was jammed into the last 50 pages It was so bizarre and out there it just wasn't for it Don't let my review sway you because there are alot of fantastic reviews out there about this one

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An isolated mansion A chillingly charismatic aristocrat And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed 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 Hell yeah This deliciously terrifying gothic adventure will be adapted to Hulu limited series I cannot wait to binge watch What an amazing news🥳🥂💃🏻🕺🏼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 lifetimeThis 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 neededHere 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 letterBut 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 suicideSo 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 naïve artistic shy son of Florence Francis who loves to talk about fungusI’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 satisfyingThis means here comes another gazillion five stars But uick 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 afterwardsThis is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO twisted unexpected gory exhilarating I don’t know a seuel comes after that But if author decides to write it I’d be happily to consume it without thinking a secondSooooo much special thanks to NetGalley and Random House PublishingBallantine 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 bookbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


10 thoughts on “Mexican Gothic

  1. says:

    Hell yeah This deliciously terrifying gothic adventure will be adapted to Hulu limited series I cannot wait to binge watch What an amazing news🥳🥂💃🏻🕺🏼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 lifetimeThis 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 neededHere 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 letterBut 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 suicideSo 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 naïve artistic shy son of Florence Francis who loves to talk about fungusI’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 satisfyingThis means here comes another gazillion five stars But uick 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 afterwardsThis is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO twisted unexpected gory exhilarating I don’t know a seuel comes after that But if author decides to write it I’d be happily to consume it without thinking a secondSooooo much special thanks to NetGalley and Random House PublishingBallantine 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 bookbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  2. says:

    A gothic suspense novel set in 1950s Mexico with a cover like that? adding book to cart Who am I to deny myself every single desire that crosses my brain?


  3. says:

    I pray I'll see you again You must come for me Noemí You have to save meWHEW You think you know where this book is going and then it goes there Mexican Gothic begins in such an unassuming way where you think you're walking into a traditional haunted house story and then everything shifts to pull you under like a riptide that doesn't loosen until you turn the final page Before I dive into my review I think it's fair to note that the majority of this book is atmospheric character driven and the slowest burn imaginable; for me this worked spectacularly well as I love to feel completely absorbed into the narrative in horror novels And yes friends this is most definitely a horror novel I'll include content warnings in a spoiler tag below for those who are interested Noemí's father said she cared too much about her looks and parties to take school seriously as if a woman could not do two things at onceMaybe the reason why this slow burn worked so well for me is because I instantly connected with Noemí; she is confident intelligent and the life of the party When her father receives a suspicious letter from Noemí's cousin Catalina he sends Noemí to investigate and report back As expected everyone involved gets than they bargained for and what begins as a handful of unusual occurrences slowly morphs into a whirlwind of horrifying circumstances This house she was sure was haunted She wasn't one for believing in things that go bump in the night either but right that second she firmly felt every spook and demon and evil thing might be crawling about the earth like in Catalina's storiesOne of the things I loved the most about this story is how vastly different the haunted house felt The author has successfully blended the traditional aspects of the old decrepit ghost filled residence and a new modern aspect one I won't go into detail of for fear of spoiling the big twist I think she nailed it on the head when she stated in her Goodreads interview that this book is for the reader who is both classy and trashy because it has the high entertainment value that fast fiction lovers rejoice in but it is also filled with beautifully devastating prose If you too have a love affair with all things that go bump in the night Mexican Gothic should be your top priority this summer I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those who have a desire to spend long hours in a derelict house and an iron stomach The truth was she was afraid of going to bed of what nightmares might uncoil in the dark What did people do after witnessing the horrors they had seen? Was it possible to slip back into normality to play pretend and go on? She wanted to think this was exactly the case but she was afraid sleep would prove her wrongContent Warning view spoilerSexual assault incest murder and gore cannibalism themes challenging white supremacy and eugenics discussions surrounding the death of a parent and other family members miscarriages and stillbirths discussions surrounding suicide and the consumption of alcohol and smoking hide spoiler


  4. says:

    FAIs there a playlist?Yes go to Spotify there other goodies?Paper doll PDF club kit PDF Is the town in the book real?It's inspired by a real town which is called Real del MonteMineral del Monte and which was a British mining town and has a very particular kind of architecture It's nicknamed Little Cornwall Yes there is an English cemetery there Photo info about the British in this region of Mexico state does this take place in?Hidalgo which is known for its mountainous terrain But I thought Mexico is dry and a desert?It has varied micro climates and topography Real del Monte tends to be colder very wet during the rainy season and misty as you can see in this picture what is Noemi wearing?Not a poodle skirt Dior premiered his New Look in 1947 which featured a cinched waist a very full skirt and a nod to opulence Hats would have been small in the early 1950s Here's on the 1950s and Dior Howard named after Lovecraft?Yes Howard is named after HP Lovecraft Doyle comes from Arthur Conan Doyle because of his racist depictions in some of his stories and also his interest in paranormal phenomena including spiritism And yes I know Arthur was Scottish and the Doyles are probably from Cornwall since they moved to the fictional analogue of Real del Monte but people think Antonio Banderas is Mexican and they cast Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jone in El Zorro so what can I say I took some artistic license thereSome information on Doyle's racist depictions is here 's issues have been written extensively about including in my thesis


  5. says:

    25 starsYeah I knowthis was one of my most anticipated reads of the year As soon as I found out this would be a BOTM I grabbed it I dropped everything I was doing to read itand well that didn't work out so well The premise was amazing The cover was even amazing SO I dug into this book and I waited for it to pick up I waited and turned another page and waitedand waited Finally I turned to my fellow reviewers at page 200 to seeumm does this pick up? They said yeah wait for itOkay so it did pick up at page 250 So the last 50 pages of the book was crammed full of weirdness Noemi is living the good life She is living off daddy's dime and a socialite in Mexico City Her father makes it clear that she needs to do him a favor and head out to a remote estate that her cousin Catalina is living with her recently acuired husband Virgil He wants her to check in on her because well it appears she has lost her mind She is sending letters home of people living in the walls claims her husband is poisoning her among other bizarre statements Sounds intriguing right??? Well I thought so too I was all inYet when Noemi gets to the estate she is hardly allowed to spend any time with her cousin She is not allowed to freely roam around or do anything she wants So why doesn't she just leave? Or take her cousin? Instead the first 250 pages was spent with her mulling around the house and having vivid nightmares Sure it was creepy but there was no plot I failed to connect to ANY of the characters because there just wasn't enough information put forth about them Trust me I can take weird I LOVED Ninth House I would have given that book 10 stars if Goodreads would let me That was dark creepy weirdness and I loved it Personally for me this book took just too long to take off When it finally did it felt like a ton of stuff was jammed into the last 50 pages It was so bizarre and out there it just wasn't for it Don't let my review sway you because there are alot of fantastic reviews out there about this one


  6. says:

    Hmm How best to describe “Mexican Gothic?” I guess I would say it’s –A little bit H P LovecraftA little bit Alfred HitchcockA lotta bit creepy old houseYes Mexican Gothic is part mystery It’s part Gothic suspense It’s part horror Maybe even part New Weird Maybe And all its various parts are expertly and seamlessly blended by the skillful words of Silvia Moreno GarciaSet in 1950s Mexico the novel follows the young socialite Noemi Taboada as she travels to High Place an old mansion in the countryside to visit her newly married cousin Catalina Concerned for her cousin’s welfare after receiving a disturbingly odd letter from Catalina Noemi is uncertain as to what she will find at the house upon her arrival Noemi uickly learns that not only is High Place dreary and decrepit but it is inhabited by the highly peculiar and unusual Doyle family Determined to help her cousin Noemi refuses to be intimidated by the members of Catalina’s married into family – namely the enigmatic Virgil her cousin’s husband and Howard the elderly Doyle patriarch who develops a weird obsession with Noemi herself And she also fails to be frightened by High Place even as the house begins to occupy and fill her dreams with disturbing unimaginable scenes of horrifying violenceBefore long Noemi discovers that many dark and shocking secrets hide among the Doyles and the confines of High Place She can only hope that it’s not too late to save Catalina and herself from the clutches of the family and the houseI think Moreno Garcia took a bit of a risk with Mexican Gothic Many genres are crossed and bent in order for her to successfully and innovatively twist the classic Gothic haunted house story In the hands of a lesser writer I believe the novel would’ve likely fallen flat on its face But Moreno Garcia is certainly not a lesser writer And her gamble pays off handsomelyThe novel is incredibly atmospheric and eerie Moreno Garcia’s writing is so vividly descriptive and she creates an environment on the page that is almost claustrophobic to read High Place comes to life – I could visualize the colors and the tapestries smell the decay feel the dampness of the hallways I felt as if I was within the walls of the old mansion right alongside Noemi Moreno Garcia also employs of a classic style of writing that to me is very reminiscent of the 1950s and serves to further set the scene creating a feeling of being swept back in time to a different eraMoreover Moreno Garcia takes her time developing the story and refuses to rush the narrative The pace admittedly is slightly sluggish in the beginning of the novel but not ever was I bored I found the slow build of the creep factor the gradually escalating strangeness of High Place to be uite effectiveBut in terms of horror Mexican Gothic is not what I would consider to be truly frightening It stimulates a different kind of terror in the reader It’s of a chilling grotesue sickening shudder inducing Lovecraft and New Weird type of horror rather than an I need to leave all the lights on to go to sleep because I’m so scared type of horror And Noemi – I enjoyed her immensely She’s smart She’s brave She’s witty She’s also extremely self absorbed and superficial but she shows true concern for Catalina and genuinely desires to help her She has a strong heart Moreno Garcia puts forth great effort to develop Noemi fully resulting in a very well rounded characterBut the Doyle family – well rounded they are not All we truly know about Virgil Howard and the cousins Florence and Francis is that they are certifiably creepy and highly odd Occasionally we are given details about their past histories to fill in the gaps For the most part however they come across as extremely flat one dimensional individualsYou know what though? The flat characterization still works for some reason I believe it has something to do with the overall classic horror film feel of Mexican Gothic and all the Alfred Hitchcock vibes the story radiates In my mind while reading I repeatedly envisioned Hitchcock turning the narrative into a movie And the flat almost distant characterization of the Doyle family seems to fit the novel if viewing it from the standpoint of an old school scary movie Make sense? Hope soNow for my one complaint – the mystery regarding the origin of the supernatural phenomena and illness at High Place is just too simple for the reader to solve It is glaringly obvious if close attention is paid Moreno Garcia neither hides her hand well nor bluffs the reader By the time I was a uarter of the way through the book I knew the how and why of all the madness and I was mildly disappointed that the secret of the source was not heavily veiledSigh Perfection is difficult to come by isn’t it?As imperfect as it may be Mexican Gothic is nonetheless a terrific read I loved it And I highly recommend it


  7. says:

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia is a 2020 Del Rey publication An exciting new approach to Gothic Horror fiction I rarely ever comment on a book cover but this one is stunning It’s an eye catcher for sure but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover So the uestion is Does the story measure up to that magnificent cover? Mexico City 1950s Noemí Taboada a young socialite who wishes to achieve in her life than marrying a man her father approves of is given the chance to secure her dreams of attending university if she will travel to “High Place” to check on her cousin Catalina who has been writing strange alarming letters suggesting she is either uite ill or in grave danger Upon her arrival to the crumbling mansion Noemi receives a very frosty greeting from Catalina’s husband Virgil and the limited staff Even disconcerting to Noemi is her cousin’s fragility and the fierce opposition others have to Noemi’s spending time alone with Catalina Capping things off is the house itself which offers no modern accommodations not even common basics and appears to be rotting at the seams If that isn’t unsettling enough for you wait until you get a load of Virgil’s ancient Uncle Howard Almost immediately Noemi begins having extremely vivid highly sexual and lurid dreams or hallucinations Virgil shrugs this off as ‘sleepwalking’ episodes However as time passes the atmosphere in the house becomes even claustrophobic and the staff’s demeanor never thaws toward Noemi One would think they were trying to scare Noemi away but instead they are becoming and insistent that she remains in the house As horrifying as that prospect might be Noemi is also intrigued by the legends Virgil and with the youngest member of the family Francis the only friendly face on the entire estate With Francis’ reluctant help Noemi is determined to learn the history of the region and to free her cousin from the grasp of her oddly mesmerizing husband and the curse of 'High Place' This is one super creepy novel The atmosphere is off the charts spooky and the imagery is incredibly vivid The blurb calls this a ‘re imagining of the classic Gothic suspense novel’ Go with that description and think about what that word ‘re imagining’ might mean This book has been compared to ‘Rebecca’ by publicists promoters and editorial or professional reviewers Naturally I’m going to have to agree to disagree about that comparison Why? Both novels are without a doubt Gothic literature But I never viewed “Rebecca” as a horror novel The supernatural tones one senses in that novel is not at all like what one will experience when reading this novel If I could rewrite the blurb I would substitute the word ‘Suspense’ with the word “Horror” The book is very suspenseful but you are getting a true horror novel experience here and not one that is merely implied While ‘re imagining’ is a great way to describe this modern spin on the classic genre in ways than one it is pure traditional Gothic Horror The author did a fabulous job marrying Gothic and Horror creating a complex and hypnotizing tone keeping me glued to the pages especially during the last uarter of the book That said keep in mind that Gothic fiction is not known for its blistering pace However I felt like this one moved along at a nice clip despite a lag here and there It’s dark and ghastly replete with classic Gothic Grotesuerie and lots of mind tripping chills and thrills plus a little bit of romance for balance and lightness Overall this is the best Gothic horror novel I’ve read in ages


  8. says:

    This an adult gothic horror that's heavily inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper a story I LOVE Overall I really enjoyed it but I do feel like it had potential to be a 5 star book that I rave about for a very long time and I'm disappointed because I feel like it had some missed potential but I still really enjoyed it and still recommend There are some potential trigger warnings I wanna mention though for anyone who's gonna read on my rec view spoiler sexual assault about 5 scenes and I'd put them on about a 4 or 5 out if 10 for triggering level It's a trigger for me and I was fine suicide one scene Graphic Maybe an 8 but it's not a trigger for me so I'm not sure And child brutality one scene Graphic 10 hide spoiler


  9. says:

    5I AM SHIT SCARED Stars♥️✨ there was something so charming and beautiful about the cover that drew me towards it I mean just look at this stunning cover and think how beautiful it will look in your bookshelfI honestly don’t like Gothic books it’s like my second Gothic book after a failed attempt to read Wuthering heights for like 1000 times and ohhh boyyy I freaking loved it Like a 5 star rating is less to describe how much I loved this bookOnce in a while a book is published that you can’t stop thinking about and you keep pursuing your kith and kin to read it this is one such book for me DISCLAIMER DON’T READ THIS BOOK AT NIGHT IF YOU HAVE A VIVID IMAGINATIONWHY?Because it will scare the shit out of you you will be afraid of your own shadow it will make your blood run cold your soul will jump out of your skin your heart will miss a beat and you will be scared out of your wits But at the same time there is something so beautiful about its creepiness that you will find it engrossing captivating absorbing riveting consuming and addictive that you not be able to put it down despite the fact that it scared the daylights out of youThe phenomenal idea of blending the old nasty and haunted house stories with the modern aspect of eugenics Darwin’s theory of natural selection concept of inferior and superior traits and that whole idea of fungal association with humans forming gloom I mean I have read about symbiosis and mycorrhiza but wtf is this I mean who in right mind can think this The author is crazy good crazyadding author to fav authors listwell not yet maybeadding book to my fav book list SOME OTHER ASPECTS THAT MAKE THE BOOK LOVABLE• Atmospheric the beautiful picture the author paints of the high place will make you fall in love with the place despite the fact that you can’t leave it• Characters the confident intelligent and life of the party Noemi artistic shy and lover of mushrooms Francis flirting nasty and dangerous Virgil controlling demandingFlorence and head of the house MR DOYLE let’s just leave him mere thinking about his name give me chills• Slowest burning romance• dicey situation and twists This is the first book by this author and it’s definitely not going to be the last She owns my heart and head mentally decided to read everything written by herAnd definitely going to reread this book again and again till it stops scaring the shit out of me and ik that’s never going to happenI can’t wait for the day I will be able to buy this book and take in the smell of it the day this beautiful piece of art will adore my bookshelfNot recommend for everyone because you need patience if you truly want to enjoy the book because its slow paced in first half but it’s worth it because the second half will make you fall in love with this bookTW sexual assault incest murder cannibalism death of parent death of children stillbirth miscarriage


  10. says:

    well wasnt this just a spooky little story? i knew i should have saved this for next monthfans of gothic stories will swoon over this its so atmospheric the old mansion the creepy family who lives there the lush mexican countryside i was honestly really really enjoying myself up until the near endthe turn of events were a little too unrealistic for me i suppose i wanted to gasp in shock but i ended up just rolling my eyes i know the way things play out wont bother some readers and it does fit the feelvibe of the story but something about it all was underwhelming for me which is why im not rating this higherbut again gothic fans will love and this and i have no problem recommending this to people wanting the spooky autumnal feel ↠ 35 stars


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