Monday, June 29, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: June 30th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).
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.

I have complicated opinions on this book. One, it's by a favorite author so I really wanted to like it and I was upset that this book didn't work for me. Two, I 100% know that the subject matter and setting of the book is WHY it didn't work for me. So this book was just not for me. And that's totally okay.

Let's get one thing straight, I really don't like historicals At all! I hate them. But I wasn't paying attention to the summary with this one because I really like this author's books. So being a period piece, this book bored me a lot. I also just felt like it was really slow until like 60% of the book. Then it really rammed up with all the weird magical realism. That's when things got interesting, but at that point the book had kind of lost me.

I think another reason why it didn't work for me was that I HATED everyone in this book except for Noemi and Francis. I definitely think this was by design, and you are supposed to hate everyone else because they are truly evil, but at that point I didn't really care.

I will say that once the book gets into what it really happening that was interesting and a cool tale to weave. I think SMG is a great author and she's good at telling these type of tales. I think I just need to stop reading ones she sets in the past or come at a more historical lens, because they just don't interest me. This was definitely a personal preference issues and not that the book is bad. I was just not the right reader for it.

*I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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