“The premise? Mexican Gothic is about a debutante in 1950s Mexico braving a dreary mansion to save her cousin, who married into an English family that drains her both physically and spiritually. Things get spooky, then blood-curdling.
The high concept? What it says on the tin! Silvia Moreno-Garcia winks playfully at classic Gothic lit – storms! ghosts! fungus! – then twists beloved tropes into a haunted house story that transcends the sum of its parts.
What I love? Nobody can set the mood as quickly and decadently as Moreno-Garcia, and the atmosphere of this book held me totally captive. Grotesqueries abound, but it’s the prose itself that kept me hooked.”
He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. 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, 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 Noemi’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.