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_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 »

Kristin, Events Coordinator

Noemi, the plucky heroine of Mexican Gothic, travels to an old manor in the Mexican countryside when she gets news of her recently married cousin's ill health. High Place is unlike any place Noemi is used to, and the Doyles prove to be more than she bargained for. She tries to give the family and... Read More »

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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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.

IndyPL_LindsayH Jan 21, 2021

Mexican Gothic is a hauntingly, twisted tale of one of the strangest families you will ever meet. Set way up high on a mountain deep in the remote Mexican countryside, High Place is a house like no other.

The main character, Noemi, is a young socialite, who hails from a wealthy family in Mexico City. She spends her time attending parties, charming beaus, and studying various subjects. One night, she receives a chilling letter from her beloved, older cousin Catalina begging her to come to her side at High Place. The home of her husband`s family.

Noemi heeds her cousin`s warning and takes the train to see what is what. She finds her cousin under constant guard by the strict matriarch of her husband`s family. When she does see her she totally out of it.

High Place and the Doyle family are beyond peculiar. As you read you will be haunted by the strange family and the house they inhabit. What is their dark and eery secret? Can Catalina escape their clutches. Read on to find out!

IndyPL_TheresaC Jan 19, 2021

I enjoyed this book and found it to be more creepy than scary. Main character Noemi, a fashionable debutante from a wealthy family is directed by her father to check on her cousin Catalina, who lives with her husband in a countryside mansion with no electricity - in the 1950's. Accustomed to parties, music, and conversation, the high-spirited Noemi found the sullenness and strict rules of the Doyle's unbearable, but endured it for Catalina and her father who sent her on this mission. As Noemi tries to uncover the cause of her cousin's hysteria, she begins to question her own mental state and her strange and unsettling dreams that begin to occur. Urged to leave for her own safety by towns people who see the house as evil, as well as the son of High Place's Mistress, Frances, Noemi refuses as she is determined to help her cousin and unlock the mysteries of High Place. This book has all of the dark gloom and drama of a classic gothic tale. The pace is a little slow in the first part of the book, but be prepared for the drama to unfold later in the book.

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 her husband, an English expat whom she has grown to distrust. Upon her arrival, Noemí finds a dilapidated, mold-ridden mansion on the grounds of a former silver mine with a sickly past, upheld by a eugenicist patriarch whose suffocating surveillance would drive anyone away, if only they could leave. Woven together like a mycelial network, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest features feminist heroism and commentary on colonialism, with language and culture as secret weapons. It’s absolutely delectable.

Jan 07, 2021

I liked this book. The writing was solid and the descriptive and poetic qualities is what made it the more haunting. I understand when people say that they cannot stomach some of the scenes, but they really add to the organic nature of the plot. It's twisted, wicked, seductive, and absolutely gross at certain points. Loved the main character and supporting characters. I only didn't give it a 5 because there was something missing that I can't quite put my finger on

Dec 31, 2020

I had hoped for more with this book. Too many disappointments to list, actually. In addition to just being really grotesque and disturbing, the main character has no development. I made myself finish it in hopes that SOMETHING would redeem it but no- ugh the ending was terrible too. I hope my comment saves someone from wasting their time as I did.

Dec 30, 2020

Looking for redeeming value. Mexican Gothic isn’t written in the vein of a classic. It’s devoid of truth, beauty or artistic quality. The “madness” is creepy, as in repulsive. The “darkness” and mycological reference is a dis to mycelium everywhere. It’s like a B movie, missing the quality of an A game.

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