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
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525620785
0525620788
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm

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funpanda34
Aug 07, 2020

Romantic, suspenseful, and surprisingly Lovecraftian.

PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 05, 2020

Yes, girl! Yes! Mexican Gothic is what gothic horror should be. Over the last year or so I've read The Little Stranger and The Silent Companions, both of which fall firmly in the gothic genre, but they both had a similar flaw (okay, The Silent Companions had more than one, but you get my point), both were willing to sacrifice plot pacing to building atmosphere.

Mexican Gothic though, has alllll the atmosphere (thanks in some part to a nod to "The Fall of the House of Usher") while keeping the pacing breakneck. The central mystery doesn't take months to present itself, in fact the whole story takes place in a matter of days. The solution to that central mystery is certainly a weird one, but it speaks to Moreno-Garcia's skill that such a thing doesn't seem unbelievable at all. Waters used a gothic vehicle to feed us a subtle feminist message; Moreno-Garcia does the same thing for postcolonialism. But don't let deeper levels scare you off if you are looking for something scary and not too deep, because Mexican Gothic is un-put-down-able, spooky, and occasionally terrifying, even without giving it another thought.

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trickbag22
Jul 29, 2020

This has all the classic elements. A beautiful heroine, an evil old man, handsome but evil progeny. Wicked mothers, ghosts in the walls. But it all pulls together as a classic story except the beautiful Noemi is not dumb and dependent on a man. Loved this and read it in one sitting for those 178 people on the wait list

TSCPL_Miranda Jul 22, 2020

I loved this book! Different from anything I've ever read, but the familiar feel and atmosphere of the traditional Gothic that inspired the name. The story stars Noemi--a spunky, slightly bored heroine who is considering how to break away from her latest beau. When her father receives a rambling, seemingly psychotic letter from a newly married and isolated cousin, he sends Noemi to scope out the situation. The creepiness and suspense build slowly, but you'll never guess what is causing so many of the residents of High Place to go mad.

CCPL_Carly Jul 20, 2020

An atmospheric slow burn of a novel envelopes readers in one family's dark, dark secrets. Noemí travels from bustling Mexico City to a remote hilltop estate, where her beloved newlywed cousin has written to them in distress. What she finds is straight out of classic gothic horror - a ruined mansion, seeping walls, glowing mushrooms, and a creepy cemetery where a horrific secret is buried. Though the pacing is maddening at times, perhaps that is part of the point - by the time all is revealed, even the most dreadful horror is believable.

Tigard_AnnmarieA Jul 13, 2020

Part gothic tale and part horror story, Mexican Gothic is a great, fast-paced tale set in the 1950s. Beautiful, wealthy young Mexico City socialite Noemí Taboada sets out to a remote area of Mexico to visit - or rescue - her ill cousin, who after a hasty marriage to a white son of former silver barons, has sent Noemi's family a very odd, disjointed letter of appeal. What we and Noemi find in the crumbling mansion in the misty mountains is quite the tale, with creepy bumps in the night, sardonic societal criticism, and a satisfyingly tough heroine.

STPL_JessH Jul 06, 2020

Well, Mexican Gothic was definitely not what I was expecting. Actually, because I don't read much gothic literature, I was not really sure what to expect. I think I'm hooked! This book was much more fast-paced than I thought it would be and I was completely carried away by the story. Make no mistake, there are some really creepy moments. I was listening to the audio book and gasped out loud a few times. Maybe don't read this book with lunch . . .

It is part fairy tale, part ghost story, and part cult expose. If you enjoyed The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, then I recommend you read Mexican Gothic next!

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HKMar
Jul 04, 2020

AMAZING. I am new Moreno-Garcia's books; Mexican Gothic is just amazing. Horror, thrills, page turning excitement. You want the heroines to have a happy ending the roles are switched, the princess saves pauper. I need a movie adaptation of this. The best latinx writing I've read as of late! The Guradian had it right calling it Lovecraftian meets the Brontes! A must read.

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Bumpski
Jun 28, 2020

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