Young, rich, and beautiful Noemi Taboada is taking Mexico City by storm in 1950. Her social calendar is abruptly cleared when her cousin Catalina, who was recently married and whisked off to a mysterious mansion in rural Mexico, sends a letter that can only be interpreted as an SOS:
“You have to save me. I cannot save myself as much as I wish to, I am bound, threads like iron through my mind and my skin and it’s there. In the walls.”
Concerned for Catalina’s mental health, Noemi travels through the countryside and forest, past a shriveling village and up a steep mountain, until she reaches a mouldering Victorian mansion rising through dense fog. She steps out of the car and into a nightmare.
Paced like a thriller, atmosphere like historical fiction, this book is The Yellow Wallpaper as told by Stephen King. It’s like picnicking on mushrooms at Wuthering Heights. It’s one of those books that could be filed under suspense, historical fiction, and horror as it captures the best elements of those genres.
Download or put this one on hold if you want to turn pages well into the night.