My Mini Thoughts
When Noemí’s father receives a letter from his niece that is out of character, he sends Noemí to figure out what’s going on. What she finds is not a happily married newlywed. No, instead she finds a drugged, helpless version of who her cousin used to be. One who sleeps all day and can never say more than two words to Noemí without supervision, and don’t even think about talking at the dinner table.
I thought I knew what I was getting into when I chose this book, but I didn’t. This story grabbed my attention right off the bat, then lost it about half way through. I would consider this a slow burn, very slow. I kept waiting for it to pick up, but it never did for me. The characters were creepy enough, especially the old man! Yuck!
I did however love how the author describes the house. There was so much detail that I began to feel that the house was it’s own character. In a way that I never saw coming…it was.
This one is available now!
Book Rating: 3/5
Wine Pairing: Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon
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.