Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
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From 948 Ratings

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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 VoxMashable 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

Reviews

  • Worth the Read

    5
    By Medin Reads
    This books keeps you interested the whole way through. You don’t truly know what’s happening and have to keep reading to find out
  • Hated it

    1
    By marfy17
    Nothing good happened till two thirds of the way through and didnt like what did happened. Dont see how this was a ny times best seller
  • Pulp

    2
    By RoxyFan
    I expected something that would break new ground. Instead, nothing but old pulp fiction in a new bottle. The woman has talent, but it is wasted on gothic retread. Disappointing.
  • Love

    5
    By Vanessa.gee
    My boss gifted me this book & it was my first time reading a sci fi “spooky” book and i loved it !! The way the author writes just takes you into such deep imagination. I was cringing at times while reading what Naomi was going through in the home.
  • REALLY GOOD READ!!!!!!

    5
    By coffeaddict17
    This book was so ensnaring once you pick it up make sure you have so free time cause you won’t be able to put it down! This is a fantastically written book!
  • Long Winded

    4
    By Love BBC
    Great story, unfortunately it doesn’t really pick up until the last half of the book. Beginning is really slow going. Would love a sequel. What happens to Francis and Noemi? How do they live? Does the Gloom call him to return?
  • There’s a Fungus Amongus

    3
    By KSUJemm
    The first 3/4 of the book was great. Mysterious and spooky. Then the book reaches a weird turning point. I just couldn’t buy in to the idea of what was controlling the house and the people within it. It was just way too far fetched for me. A fungus? Hmm.
  • Perfect october read!

    5
    By Microbehunter93
    I loved this book, my favorite of hers so far! please HBO make this a miniseries stat!!!
  • Atmospheric Novel of Gothic Horror

    5
    By Prairie_Dog
    “Mexican Gothic” is a novel that slowly builds a rich and atmospheric tale of horror. It follows Noemí Taboada, a young socialite and student who is sent by her father to check on her cousin Catalina. He has received a disturbing letter from Catalina that makes him concerned about her mental health. Noemí puts aside her studies to become an anthropologist in order to travel to the mountainous and remote home of the Doyle family. This English family had moved to Mexico generations ago and operated a formerly prosperous silver mine, but the mine closed and the family has declined till only a few members remain. Catalina had met and married the oldest Doyle son, Virgil. When Nomeí reaches the ancestral home of the Doyle’s, things begin to get creepy. Her cousin seems distant and disturbed. The Doyles are strange and aloof, except for Francis, the quiet and studious youngest son. The story progresses later by layer into more disturbing revelations, and into more and more darkness. The story is a gripping and rich tale, that only clearly reveals the form of its horror in the final third. The characters are engaging and surprisingly modern given the time period of the setting. Nomeí is initially characterized as a social butterfly, but we learn she is also an intellectual, and later we see her amazing strength. The novel is well named, and Ms. Moreno-Garcia plays with the tropes of the gothic novel in different ways. The sacrificial virgin; the damsel in distress; the cruel, unyielding husband; the spooky, distant locale are all on display. However, there is also a post-colonial element throughout the story, and a racist aspect exemplified in the eugenics espoused by the Doyle patriarch. This is a modern gothic tale under the trappings.
  • a lot of fun

    4
    By DesertSlug
    this book was a lot of fun. it isn’t deep or full of thought provoking philosophy or anything - it is simply a straightup haunted house story with a fun twist and likable characters. i don’t always want or need great literature, sometimes i just need a fun little book and this was exactly that.

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