Published by Del Rey on June 30, 2020
Genres: Ghost Stories, Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
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 Noemí’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.
Oh lord where do I start. I loved the first half maybe more of this book but the end got weird and just turned into the dumbest thing I ever read. Ok, so you know when you are watching a horror movie and you finally find out what the villain really is and it’s like a dust cloud or a blob and you think, well that was stupid. That is how I felt at the end of this. I wanted to love this book, the writing, the MC and the creepy setting was exactly what I was looking for. I had a feeling this was going to maybe give me nightmares or even make me a little jumpy long after I put the book down. I really wanted that, I really, really did.
I am not giving the entire story away but Noemi goes to see her cousin because she receives a letter that her cousin needs her help and something just isn’t right in the house. The people are weird, the house is falling apart and there is mold all over. Noemi only had one ally in the house, only one person she can turn too. Things get creepy once she started to have nightmares and then it just got dumb.
Look maybe you will like it, I am not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t that. I had a feeling about what it was but it wasn’t to the scale of what was really going on. Overall, it was ok, am I glad I read it? Yes. Will I read this author again? YES! Just because the stories end didn’t work for me, didn’t mean I didn’t love the writing and feel for the characters. Just the end, didn’t work for me.
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