“Books, moonlight, melodrama.”
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 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.
This Gothic suspense novel gave me the Mary Shelley vibes. Seriously the description of the “haunted house” brought a vivid description of what I’m suppose to imagine.
Noemi, the protagonist of this novel, sounds very glamorous. I tend to read more about outsiders and shy protagonist so right here was different and in a way I liked it. She’s more outspoken and isn’t shy to say otherwise. She’s pretty much an independent female. Kudos for that!
I see there’s mixed reviews of how the story is very slow in the beginning, but in my opinion it really wasn’t. I was getting to know more of how Noemi is with how she talks with men (she a flirt lol) and basically her way of thinking. I also loved the type of dresses she would wear. The setting of this book was also amazing. I don’t get to read anything about Mexico set in the 50’s.
Some scenes I did cringe which I found it awesome lol. I wish I could rant about all the character’s personalty but it will just make me spoil the book for you. All I can say is that this was a great book because of the setting and gothic vibes it has.
I give this book five stars out of five. It was entertaining, creepy, and a moderate pace novel. If I were you I would give this book a chance especially when spooky season is around the corner 👻