Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."-- The Guardian

IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK CONSUELOS * NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker * Vanity Fair * NPR * The Washington Post * Tordotcom * Marie Claire * Vox * Mashable * Men's Health * Library Journal * Book Riot * LibraryReads

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes "a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror" ( Kirkus Reviews ) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

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 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.

"It's as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic ."-- The Washington Post

"Mexican Gothic is the perfect summer horror read, and marks Moreno-Garcia with her hypnotic and engaging prose as one of the genre's most exciting talents." -- Nerdist

"A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush '50s atmosphere." -- Entertainment Weekly
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525620785
Branch Call Number: HORROR MORENO-G
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm


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LPL_ChristinaJ Apr 15, 2021

This was glorious! Creepy, unsettling, at times absolutely disgusting. A bit of a slow-burn in the first act, but not one that made me drowsy with boredom, but more of a subtle, steady pacing that allowed me to get used to the dark gloom of High Place manor and its inhabitants before the plot cat... Read More »

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LPL_MaryW Jan 11, 2021

Mexican Gothic is a fairytale turned nightmare, perhaps with a nod to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. In 1950’s Mexico, glamorous debutante Noemí receives a mysterious letter from her newlywed cousin Catalina. In frantic prose, she pleads for Noemí to visit her at High Place, the family residence of he... Read More »

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LPL_LeahN Sep 29, 2020

Noemi's favorite cousin married into an "old money" family and was whisked away to the Doyle's manor house in the Mexican countryside. After receiving disturbing correspondence from Catalina, Noemi travels to High Place on behalf of the family to assess her cousin's condition. The Doyle... Read More »

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May 07, 2021

I read the whole book but I really did not enjoy the read… It seem to get into spooky paranormal things that were hard to imagine and the characters did not impress me either. I would not recommend it unless you like stories that are based on science fiction- y stuff.

Apr 16, 2021

I thought this was an interesting concept, boringly told. I just didn't care about the characters and their push and pull relationships. The stakes never felt very high or immediate. Maybe the gothic style is not for me? I don't know but I think I'll ultimately probably forget this novel in a month.

LPL_ChristinaJ Apr 15, 2021

This was glorious! Creepy, unsettling, at times absolutely disgusting. A bit of a slow-burn in the first act, but not one that made me drowsy with boredom, but more of a subtle, steady pacing that allowed me to get used to the dark gloom of High Place manor and its inhabitants before the plot catapulted into batshit crazy! The setting was menacing, the hosts of High Place were unnerving, and by the second act the horror became gruesome. There's a good chance this book will make your skin itch in the worst way! So glad I finally got to enjoy this constantly talked about gem!

(P.S. can we have more female protagonists like Noemi, please? I loved her gall, her style, her confidence!)

Mar 21, 2021

I don't typically read blockbuster novels such as this, but it ended up on my library holds list somehow and I just read it in a couple of days. The plot meanders slowly and is not aggressive. The atmosphere that the author builds is quite creepy, but never in a "shock value" kind of way. The "plot twist" that happens about two-thirds of the way through isn't really that surprising if you pay attention to the details throughout the book, but is still weird and revolting. I enjoyed this novel more than I expected to.

Mar 17, 2021


Mar 10, 2021

First time reading a gothic novel, and I enjoyed it. I was warned about how creepy this book could get, so when I got to the weird parts, I was expecting it and was able to get through them easier. This book was fun and entertaining and so hard to put down.

Feb 24, 2021

I liked this story but I almost stopped reading it. It's well written but it takes a while to get into the creepy realm in the last few chapters.

Feb 21, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative story about a woman with a strong will as the main protagonist. The description of the goings on in the house are so picturesque you feel like you're actually there. A must read for anyone who loves to step away from the ordinary.

Jan 23, 2021

Excellent read. Very detailed, immersive, and original. Highly recommend.

Jan 21, 2021

WOW! What an amazing book! I will admit the book starts out slow, but when it picks up it is addicting. The story is very Bronte indeed. The story is about two cousins Naomi and Catalina. Catalina writes to her cousin about the weird experiences she's been having living with her husband's ancestor home. Once Naomi at the home, that's when things get really interesting. I would say it is a must read! I can't wait to purchase it for my own personal collection.

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