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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a mesmerising feminist re-imagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a young socialite discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it's clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims that her husband is poisoning her and her visions of restless ghosts seem remarkable, even for her. 

Noemí's chic gowns and perfect lipstick are more suited to cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing, but she immediately heads to High Place, a remote mansion in the Mexican countryside, determined to discover what is so affecting her cousin. 

Tough and smart, she possesses 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 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, 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, mesmerised by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to leave this enigmatic house behind.... 

©2020 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2020 Random House Audio

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an unexpected and beautiful story

I went in with no expectations but the story had me right away. It was a novel concept and uniquely written. The characters had depth and were alive. An amazing read!

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Terrible narration

This is the most frustrating type of narration for me. The story is told in a sing song, rhythmic voice that drove me to distraction. I'm sure the story is good because the book gets great reviews, but I couldn't concentrate on it due to the narration. Won't buy a book with this narrator again.

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amazing story even for ppl who don't enjoy horror

I love this story! the mystery is very good, the book is engaging and the characters are all very interesting! You either love them or hate them, there is no in-between. I don't read horror books, I picked it up thinking Mexican Gothic was only a mystery book, but I ended uo enjoying it a lot!

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  • Lissie
  • 12-11-2020

Did not enjoy narrator

This is likely a book I will enjoy reading but I am finding the narration style wooden, almost computer like and very off-putting it is detracting from the story so I have given up on this one.

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  • julia negreiros david
  • 31-10-2020

Slow Beginning and Monotonous Narrator

The first 65% of this book weren't very engaging. I could't care for the characters and be immersed in the story. I listened to the audiobook and the way it was narrated made it all feel very lack-luster. The narrator didn't interpret the scenes accordingly, making the intense parts just... mild. The last 35%, though, were crazy and super disturbing. I could't stop once I got to that point, even when it made me grimace and recoil. If I could go back I'd read it physically and enjoy this story to its full effect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2020

SOOOO good

This was 10+ hours WELL SPENT!!! Such an engrossing story with an authentic backdrop👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Couldnt stop listening and ended up finishing it in one day!! Need i say more!

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  • J. LoVecchio
  • 27-09-2020

properly creepy

properly creepy and atmospheric. content warnings for coercion and sexual assault and a whole lot to do with rot and mould and fungi and abusive families. but this is fantastically well written and well worth the hype

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  • Mika
  • 12-09-2020

I'm in awe.

I came with no expectations of whatsoever as I had never read anything by Moreno-Garcia and had heard mixed reviews (although more leaning towards positive), I was genuinely curious as to what this book holds within its pages, to my surprise and delight, this book pulled me into a dark, eerie world with a unique ambiance that is almost tangible. I consumed it via audio-book, and while listening, I felt deeply engrossed and compelled towards the story. It's beautifully crafted and definitely makes me want to check the author's previous books right away! One thing that I would like to point out is that the narrator's "English" accent sounded more German but that's me being picky.

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  • Karen Johnston
  • 24-11-2020

Listen/read in sections

I enjoyed the idea of the story but, a lot of the content was difficult to listen to. There is a lot of heavy content throughout the book which is quite graphic at times and I wasn't expecting this. Enjoyed the idea of the house but some of it was a bit too fantastical.

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  • mrs nam watts
  • 08-11-2020

enjoyable read

I did find this story enjoyable and performed well.i did however find the first half slightly slower than the second. but the book was well written and had engaging story line

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