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
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm.


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Creepy old house and lots of creepy characters...

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Wow! Beautifully written horror.

“A perfect gothic mystery with an updated sensibility that will appeal to the modern reader. Noemí­ is a Mexico City socialite in the 1950s. When her father receives a disturbing letter from his niece, he sends Noemí­ to check on her cousin at the remote house where she is living--a grotesque and... Read More »

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Mar 21, 2021

I don't typically read blockbuster novels such as this, but it ended up on my library holds list somehow and I just read it in a couple of days. The plot meanders slowly and is not aggressive. The atmosphere that the author builds is quite creepy, but never in a "shock value" kind of way. The "plot twist" that happens about two-thirds of the way through isn't really that surprising if you pay attention to the details throughout the book, but is still weird and revolting. I enjoyed this novel more than I expected to.

Mar 17, 2021


Mar 10, 2021

First time reading a gothic novel, and I enjoyed it. I was warned about how creepy this book could get, so when I got to the weird parts, I was expecting it and was able to get through them easier. This book was fun and entertaining and so hard to put down.

Feb 24, 2021

I liked this story but I almost stopped reading it. It's well written but it takes a while to get into the creepy realm in the last few chapters.

Feb 21, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative story about a woman with a strong will as the main protagonist. The description of the goings on in the house are so picturesque you feel like you're actually there. A must read for anyone who loves to step away from the ordinary.

Jan 23, 2021

Excellent read. Very detailed, immersive, and original. Highly recommend.

Jan 21, 2021

WOW! What an amazing book! I will admit the book starts out slow, but when it picks up it is addicting. The story is very Bronte indeed. The story is about two cousins Naomi and Catalina. Catalina writes to her cousin about the weird experiences she's been having living with her husband's ancestor home. Once Naomi at the home, that's when things get really interesting. I would say it is a must read! I can't wait to purchase it for my own personal collection.

IndyPL_LindsayH Jan 21, 2021

Mexican Gothic is a hauntingly, twisted tale of one of the strangest families you will ever meet. Set way up high on a mountain deep in the remote Mexican countryside, High Place is a house like no other.

The main character, Noemi, is a young socialite, who hails from a wealthy family in Mexico City. She spends her time attending parties, charming beaus, and studying various subjects. One night, she receives a chilling letter from her beloved, older cousin Catalina begging her to come to her side at High Place. The home of her husband`s family.

Noemi heeds her cousin`s warning and takes the train to see what is what. She finds her cousin under constant guard by the strict matriarch of her husband`s family. When she does see her she totally out of it.

High Place and the Doyle family are beyond peculiar. As you read you will be haunted by the strange family and the house they inhabit. What is their dark and eery secret? Can Catalina escape their clutches. Read on to find out!

IndyPL_TheresaC Jan 19, 2021

I enjoyed this book and found it to be more creepy than scary. Main character Noemi, a fashionable debutante from a wealthy family is directed by her father to check on her cousin Catalina, who lives with her husband in a countryside mansion with no electricity - in the 1950's. Accustomed to parties, music, and conversation, the high-spirited Noemi found the sullenness and strict rules of the Doyle's unbearable, but endured it for Catalina and her father who sent her on this mission. As Noemi tries to uncover the cause of her cousin's hysteria, she begins to question her own mental state and her strange and unsettling dreams that begin to occur. Urged to leave for her own safety by towns people who see the house as evil, as well as the son of High Place's Mistress, Frances, Noemi refuses as she is determined to help her cousin and unlock the mysteries of High Place. This book has all of the dark gloom and drama of a classic gothic tale. The pace is a little slow in the first part of the book, but be prepared for the drama to unfold later in the book.

LPL_MaryW Jan 11, 2021

Mexican Gothic is a fairytale turned nightmare, perhaps with a nod to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. In 1950’s Mexico, glamorous debutante Noemí receives a mysterious letter from her newlywed cousin Catalina. In frantic prose, she pleads for Noemí to visit her at High Place, the family residence of her husband, an English expat whom she has grown to distrust. Upon her arrival, Noemí finds a dilapidated, mold-ridden mansion on the grounds of a former silver mine with a sickly past, upheld by a eugenicist patriarch whose suffocating surveillance would drive anyone away, if only they could leave. Woven together like a mycelial network, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest features feminist heroism and commentary on colonialism, with language and culture as secret weapons. It’s absolutely delectable.

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