My Last Five-Star Read: The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in "The Hacienda," a gripping debut supernatural suspense novel set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence. Beatriz's home was destroyed, and her father executed during the revolution. So, when the wealthy and charming Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, she accepts, choosing security over rumors surrounding his first wife's mysterious death.
The grandeur of Hacienda San Isidro soon loses its shine as Beatriz experiences sleepless nights filled with haunting visions and voices. Unseen eyes follow her every move, and even Rodolfo's sister Juana refuses to enter the house at night. The cook burns copal incense at the kitchen's edge, and strange symbols mark the doorways. What secrets does the household have, and what really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?
As the tension builds, Beatriz clings to Padre Andrés, a young priest with extraordinary powers. But even his skills as a witch may not be enough to combat the malevolent presence that terrorizes the hacienda. Meanwhile, Andrés feels a forbidden attraction toward Beatriz, adding to the novel's thrilling suspense. Amor Prohibido anyone?
Once Beatriz sets foot in "The Hacienda," the book gripped me and didn't let me go. Overall, "The Hacienda" is a spine-chilling supernatural tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. With its intriguing plot, well-crafted characters, and beautifully descriptive language, it's a must-read for gothic suspense and supernatural thrillers fans.