Mexican Gothic

Author : Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Publisher : Random House Publishing Group

ISBN : 9780525620792

 

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About Mexican Gothic

**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

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From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird” (The Guardian).**

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**

Mexican Gothic Review

What a great horror story! Delightfully creepy and gross. With characters that I loved and some that I love to hate.

Brilliantly atmospheric horror with a side of outstanding fashion, ]and serious discussions about the pervasiveness and abhorrence of eugenics all while following the most charismatic protagonist I’ve read in a long time? Sign me up.

Very nice book for all you gothic fans or people trying to get into gothic literature. Typical themes such as the decay of the upper class munching of others translate nicely to Mexican history.

This was such a fun book to read! It’s a true, sumptuous gothic with modern sensibilities. I’m strongly recommending this to anyone who wants a little bit of darkness in their escapism.

“You must come for me, Noemi. You have to save me. I cannot save myself as much as I wish to, I am bound, threads like iron through my mind and my skin and it’s there. In the walls.” ‘Mexican Gothic’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a wonderfully dark story filled with twisting paths and wicked antagonists. I absolutely loved it. Centering around wealthy Mexican socialite, Noemi Taboada, the story follows her to a creepy old mansion in the countryside in response to a desperate sounding letter from her recently-wed cousin Catalina. The missive is fraught with anxiety and implores the family to send someone to save her. Her father doesn’t really take it seriously and neither does she, they both think the girl is on the dramatic side, but he asks her to go for a visit to assuage his mind in any case and see if she does indeed need help. Upon her arrival, what she finds is a seemingly menacing new husband.. not the classy, charismatic Englishman Catalina seemed to be marrying, a chilling patriarch who appears to be obsessed with racial traits and uncomfortably interested in Noemi, and a household run with a rigidity that is unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Having come from the city.. a glamorous debutante with her choice of parties and dates to accompany her.. regardless of her sometimes inconsiderate behavior, High Place is definitely a culture shock. Francis, brother to her cousin’s new husband, seems to be the only one who might be trustworthy. Unlike Virgil, Francis is rather soft-spoken, gentle, and seems to want only to help her. Though he too may be hiding dark familial secrets and as the house begins to invade Noemi’s dreams, she digs deeper.. trying to get to the bottom of what’s happening in an attempt to help her cousin. “Noemi felt suddenly like a girl who had her knuckles rapped, and this made her raise her chin and stare back at the woman in the same way she had stared at the nuns at her school, armored with poised insurrection.” Honestly, the family is messed up. Howard, the patriarch.. is the most unpleasant person to experience. Even sitting at a meal with him.. trying to have a regular discussion, it’s pretty plain that his views are so removed from polite society.. I’d want nothing to do with him. The moment he appeared in the story.. I disliked him. The house is managed by Florence, Howard’s niece, and she’s almost equally unpleasant. Her demands of structure seem outrageous and the friendliest emotion she seems to manage is disdain. I really believed I knew early on what the origin of the family was going to be.. but I was wrong. It’s an incredibly unorthodox story and I love that it wasn’t explained in a big ‘gotcha’ reveal.. so much as a slow, dawning understanding. For me personally, I felt I was sort of battered over the head with the symbolism a bit too frequently, but it’s plausible that zealotry could manifest in that way. “In a sense all dreams foretell events, but some more clearly than others.” Initially, I thought the book started out a little slowly, but as I read on I came to believe it was a methodical pace designed to put the reader in that carefree, rich party girl headspace. It gave me a chance to settle in, frown at the main character, and be dismissive of what was ahead because it didn’t feel pressing. Likewise, my first impressions of the Doyle family only encouraged that thinking. I found them rude and cold, but not necessarily frightening. Moreno-Garcia does a fantastic job of making sure the reader is exactly where she wants us to be. She’s unafraid to use truly disturbing themes and manages to convey graphic scenes without the usual accompanying language. She’s a gifted writer and now I find myself curious about one of her previous works, ‘Gods of Jade and Shadow,’ as well. If you’re thinking about picking this up and you like gothic horror, this is for you. There’s plenty of mystery and extremely uncomfortable interactions to keep you turning the pages even before you understand what has occurred. (More reviews like this at Betwixt The Sheets.) (I received this title as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely given.)