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Mexican Gothic

de Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Its Lovecraft meets the Bronts 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 WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Mens 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, Noem Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Shes not sure what she will findher cousins husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noem knows little about the region.   
 
Noem is also an unlikely rescuer: Shes a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But shes also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousins new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noem; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemis dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the familys youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noem, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his familys past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The familys once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noem digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noem, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Its 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 genres most exciting talents.Nerdist
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush 50s atmosphere.Entertainment Weekly
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An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. And a gorgeous book cover!

Be warned: this isn't a light-hearted fun read. And don't read this book before going to bed, specially if you have vivid imagination. Trigger warnings: murder, gore, incest, sexual abuse, and violence.

I don't read horror books, but Mexican Gothic is what my book club picked for Dec-Jan, giving me an excuse to step out of my comfort zone. The first 9 chapters or so felt slow, but then the story picks up pace and it gets pretty grotesque and insane from there. This book is bizarre yet fascinating!

While the book is set in 1950s Mexico, not much has been written about the Mexican culture, nothing prominent, anyway. There is mention of eugenics and the Revolution, but they lack depth.

The main character Noemí was just the right amount of sassy and defiant to be interesting and likeable. She may seem like such a spoiled brat but as we get to know her, it becomes clear she has a soft spot for her cousin, Catalina, and wants to help her. Speaking of Catalina...she has such a passive character. Noemí doesn't really get to spend enough time with her, and sometimes it feels like Catalina is forgotten half of the time.

Overall, I loved reading Mexican Gothic, even though it completely creeped me out and kept me turning the pages in a non-stop anxious frenzy. ( )
  nadia.masood | Dec 10, 2023 |
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite is drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

Mexican Gothic is a lust period gothic horror/thriller (think Crimson Peak in Mexico) that features such hypnotic and engaging prose, it's as if you've ingested the spores of the mushrooms and have been transported back to 1950s Mexico.

The hype for Mexican Gothic is real. This book was crafted in the most eerie, gut wrenching, mysterious, paranoid, edge-of-your-seat, yet glamorous way possible! Written by Mexican Canadian author Silvia Moreno-Garcia, centers on a young woman named Noemí investigating her cousin's claims that her husband, Virgil Doyle, is trying to murder her. Yet, not everything is as it seems.

As Noemí arrives at the Doyle household and tries to settle in she begins to sleepwalk and experience strange dreams and visions, Noemí decides that she must leave the Doyle household, only to be told that she cannot leave. It is revealed that the patriarch Howard Doyle discovered a strain of mushroom called mycorrhiza that has a symbiotic relationship with humans. The Doyles use this fungus and remain at High Place, the house-infused with the spores of the mushrooms, which has grown inside its walls and all around it, in order to heal themselves and prolong their lives. Noemí learns that Howard is hundreds of years old, and the history of his immortality is firmly footed in violent histories of colonialism, working-class exploitation, and misogynist patriarchy.

When Noemí finds out that the Doyles have intermarried in order to ensure that their offspring can also receive these benefits and that Howard has plans for her, she does whatever she can to escape their clutches and free her cousin from the effects of the mushrooms.

Mexican Gothic is full of dread, glamourous prose, and eerie and disturbing secrets. It addresses the topics of colonialism, misogynism, and drug abuse. This book deserves to become a classic in the genre of gothic fiction.

I look forward to rereading this novel very soon. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Kind of silly. The fungi did it. Ha ha. Anachronistic dialog, not that compelling although I read the whole thing. A silly gothic tale.
  BookyMaven | Dec 6, 2023 |
Just wasn't grabbing me, gave it a week & about 100 pages before bailing. I just don't care what happens to any of them.
  Helenliz | Nov 27, 2023 |
Mexican Gothic lives up to it's name! What a compelling set of characters populate this tale of horror. Recommend! ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 22, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Its Lovecraft meets the Bronts 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 WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Mens 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, Noem Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Shes not sure what she will findher cousins husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noem knows little about the region.   
 
Noem is also an unlikely rescuer: Shes a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But shes also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousins new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noem; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemis dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the familys youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noem, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his familys past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The familys once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noem digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noem, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Its 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 genres most exciting talents.Nerdist
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush 50s atmosphere.Entertainment Weekly
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