Set first in Mexico City and then the mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, Mexican Gothic is a slow burn of creepiness. After receiving a troubling letter from her newlywed cousin, socialite Noemí Taboada is sent by her father to check on her cousin in High Place, a mansion in the Mexican countryside near their defunct silver mine. The decrepit house is owned by a shabbily genteel and very controlling British family.
The house has very little electricity, Noemi is forbidden to smoke, and the wallpaper is covered in mold. The longer Noemi stays, the harder it is for her to leave, let alone rescue her cousin. She only has one potential ally in High Place, and he is rather sickly and weak.
I was hooked from the first paragraph, and then I couldn’t put Mexican Gothic down. In fact I read it straight through in one day. I highly recommend this fresh take on the Gothic genre, It will have you on the edge of your seat, and you may want to sleep with the lights on upon finishing the book.