Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

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After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemi 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 Noemi knows little about the region. Noemi 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 Noemi; 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 Noemi, 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 Noemi digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525620785 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0525620788 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
(ebook)
Branch Call Number: FIC MORENO-GARCIA
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm

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List - Best Fiction 2020
BestBooksKCLS Oct 28, 2020

Moreno-Garcia takes Gothic horror to 1950s Mexico in this deliciously creepy tale. When her newlywed cousin sends a disturbing letter, debutante Noemí Taboada travels to High Place, a remote and crumbling mansion that hides dark family secrets.

"Moreno-Garcia offers a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror, set in 1950s Mexico. Inquisitive 22-year-old socialite and anthropology enthusiast Noemí Taboada adores beautiful clothes and nights on the town in Mexico City with a bevy of handsome suitors, but her carefree existence is cu... Read More »

Set in 1950’s Mexico, this chilling tale of horror features a young socialite who goes to check on a cousin who lives in the rotting mansion of her husband’s family, opportunists who made their fortune on the backs of indigenous laborers.


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faiway13
Nov 18, 2020

I'm not sure about the hype on this book, but greatly disappointed. First part of book okay and then was too weird. Only finished it because that is me..have to finish when I get over 1/3 through a book

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ChloeLenee
Nov 01, 2020

Delightfully macabre novel...

WCL_Kiirstin Oct 27, 2020

Very entertaining, well-imagined, and extremely creative - and definitely a great gothic, spooky read! The unusual setting adds a lot, and Moreno-Garcia navigates her world with sure steps. While I enjoyed Noemi, I wasn't always 100% in love with the characterizations, but your mileage may vary. A very enjoyable read for the spookiest time of year.

Nicr Oct 26, 2020

Nightmarishly conjured supernatural tale set in 1950s Mexico.

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RBARAHER55
Oct 25, 2020

Loved it!!!! Story gets better the further you get into the book.

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jbolander81
Oct 12, 2020

I read this book for book club, and was HUGELY disappointed. I won’t give spoilers, but basically this book becomes so far out and unrealistic, that it completely turned me off. Perhaps someone who likes a more “fantasy” type genera would enjoy it.

The only redeeming quality was the protagonist, I liked that she was a feminist.

Would not recommend this book

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 Doyles and the place they call home have a sordid history and a gloomy disposition, but Noemi tries to give her surly new relatives and the oppressive manor the benefit of the doubt. After all, things are often not what they seem...but in the case of High Place, they're much, much worse.

This book is a whole mood. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's tells an utterly original story with ease thanks to a powerful, macabre imagination. High Place lives and breathes, the Doyles are villains you love to hate, and Noemi is a plucky young heroine you shouldn't underestimate.

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Einer2
Sep 26, 2020

Gothic is not my typical genre but I found this book difficult to put down.

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ms_sarcastic
Sep 24, 2020

This is by far my favorite book of 2020 and perhaps my life. Anyone may pick it up and think nothing of it other than being a semi-modern take on the gothic genre. But as a Mexican-American, having a book with a Mexican protagonist who defies stereotype at every turn is a breath of fresh air I never thought possible.

JCLPiepieB Sep 14, 2020

The PREMISE of this book sounded good, and ticked all kinds of boxes for me. I love Gothic novels, but this one didn't really satisfy me. If I'd known about all the "supernatural" stuff going in, I probably wouldn't have read it. Also, some scenes were pretty gross. If you are highly, highly opposed to READING about incest, I would not read this book.

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