Fans of the haunting film, The Others, or the atmospheric Stephen King miniseries Rose Red, will love this suspenseful read with a classic Gothic feel. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia has a similar eerie setting. This novel will be released on June 30th, 2020.
After receiving a deranged letter from her cousin, Noemí Taboada, a spoiled 1950's debutante, is sent by her family to High Place to rescue Catalina from her newlywed husband. Is Catalina insane, or is there something more going on at High Place? As Noemí investigates the mansion and the Doyle family, she starts to have disturbing nightmares and terrifying visions of the past. Will she be able to save Catalina and escape the house and the mist that surrounds it?
Initially, I did not care for the protagonist, Noemí. At the beginning of the book, she comes across as shallow and vapid. However, she shows that she is made of more potent stuff as she starts to unravel the mystery of her cousin's illness, the house, and the Doyle family. By the end of the book, I was cheering Noemí on and hoping that they make it out alive.
If you like a spine-tingling atmosphere and haunted houses, you would love this book! This is a five out of five-stars read. I was unable to sleep at night, wondering if the Taboada girls would make it to safety.
If you enjoy Mexican Gothic, try these books:
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Bag of Bones by Stephen King