After receiving a perturbing letter from her cousin Catalina, Noemi Toboada, a wealthy socialite from Mexico City, is sent by her father to uncover the truth. Since her husband Virgil Doyle, wrote contradicting everything Catalina said, blaming her ramblings of murder and ghosts on illness. Noemi, agrees to go if she’s allowed to get an education at the college of her choice. A huge deal, as this is set in the 1950’s, enough said in regards to feminism. Make no mistake, despite the misogyny Noemi is the apple of her father’s eye; a coquette who enjoys a life of parties, cigarettes and fast cars. When she arrives to High Place, located in a nearly desolate small town, she’s in for a rude awakening.
High Place is dreary, decrepit and absolutely depressing. There’re oil lamps and candles instead of electricity, there’s no heat, the decor is gruesome, you aren’t allowed to talk, even at dinner, nor ride into town without permission and an escort. The opposite of Noemi’s carefree life, made more uncomfortable by the fair featured Doyle’s obsession with eugenics. Furthermore, Catalina oscillates between everything’s fine and there’s something insidious going on. Noemi believes the Doyle’s, that her cousin needs help, until she starts to succumb to the same hallucinations.
And just how far are the Doyle’s willing to go to maintain purity of their bloodline? FAR.
This book is beautifully written, insanely sinister and filled with plot twist, after plot twist. I mean, a must read. I’m still processing it. Are you into horror? Via: Lady Whistle Books