Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publication Date: June 30th 2020
My Rating: 4/5
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.
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Thank you, to NetGalley and Quercus Books/Jo Fletcher Books for providing me with an eARC for my honest opinion.
This was a very nice break from all the fantasy book I usually reach for. I when in very intrigued but the synopsis but didn’t know who horror/thriller book will sit with me. And it turned out I really enjoyed it.
After this book, I will never look at mushrooms the same way again…
Things I liked
- Atmosphere. The author managed to paint a vivid Gothic filled with mystery and anticipation atmosphere.
- The writing was nice easy to go through and I hallway appreciate that.
- The main character, Naomi. She is strong, stubborn, feisty with the right amount of femininity. I think the author manages to find the right balance between those two qualities,
- It was gorry and disgusting in places but the writer put the right amount of it. It didn’t felt like she was trying too hard to shock her reader just for the sake of it, it was just what was needed.
- There was a twist I was expecting that never came and I like that! That was a twist for me. I kept thinking where the story was going with some characters and I was completely wrong. This novel proved me wrong in so many ways.
- [Spoiler] Francis. I admit I was constantly waiting for the twist where it turns out he is also a bad person but… I was wrong… He was an honest sweet and carrying man and I really liked him.
- [Spoiler] I like that between all the horror there were some tender moments and romance, that I didn’t think were honest but… I was wrong…
- [Spoiler] I was expecting the ending to be your classic “They think they got away but they didn’t! Tan Tan tan!” but actually it ended in a nice complete way and I found myself enjoying that.
Things I didn’t like
- I haven’t read a lot of horror book but when I was a teen I watched a tone of horror movies. And I really didn’t see anything new. Old creepy man, the mentally (or maybe not) sick woman, ghosts and haunted, in a way or another, places and pretty much every horror/thriller recipe that is known.
- Many dream sequences. I understand that it was nicely tied into the story and well explain but sometimes it felt like it was the only way to give us, and the main character, hints on what is going on.
- It’s a thriller-horror-fantasy (I’ve seen all of those describing this novel) book so readers shouldn’t be shocked but for the sake of it trigger warning for many things: gore, incest, attempt rape, cannibalism, killing babies and pretty much everything you can expect from a horror story.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’ll keep an eye on the author future releases.
What about you guys? Have you read this book? Are you interested in picking it up?