Mexican Gothic

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Mexican Gothic
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • English
  • 13 February 2017
  • 0525620788

About the Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno Garcia is the author of several novels, including Gods of Jade and Shadow She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning She Walks in Shadows a.k.a Cthulhu s Daughters Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination.


Mexican GothicAn Isolated Mansion A Chillingly Charismatic Artistocrat And A Brave Socialite Drawn To Expose Their Treacherous Secrets 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 She S Not Sure What She Will Find Her Cousin S Husband, A Handsome Englishman, Is A Stranger, And Noem Knows Little About The Region Noem Is Also An Unlikely Rescuer She S A Glamorous Debutante, And Her Chic Gowns And Perfect Red Lipstick Are 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 Noem 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 Noem , 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 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

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10 thoughts on “Mexican Gothic

  1. chai ♡ says:

    A gothic suspense novel set in 1950s Mexico with a cover like that adding book to cart Who am I to deny myself every single desire that crosses my brain

  2. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    OMG I had no brain right now The author stole it I wish she would have put some bravery into my heart because I think I m not gonna sleep at least for a week and I already brought back Christmas ornaments and enlightened house I don t have any idea how much electric bill will coast next month but I m sure my husband will have the worst scream crying experience of his lifetime This book is insanely terrifying, spin tingling, horrifying, mind blowing, eyes popping, tear jerker nope it s not OMG I had no brain right now The author stole it I wish she would have put some bravery into my heart because I think I m not gonna sleep at least for a week and I already brought back Christmas ornaments and enlightened house I don t have any idea how much electric bill will coast next month but I m sure my husband will have the worst scream crying experience of his lifetime This book is insanely terrifying, spin tingling, horrifying, mind blowing, eyes popping, tear jerker nope it s not emotional, you cry like a baby because you realize you just pissed your pants when you were reading it and you re dying from humiliation I ve been there , paranoid, a dangerous dancing between Mexican folklore, horror stories and Darwin s theory of natural selection You want to throw the book and start running outside from your house I took 5 tours around Sunset Boulevard at the rush hour and was saluted by angry drivers flipping birds but I didn t care Running gave me endorphin and adrenalin I needed Here is the eerie, ominous, petrifying plot of the book Noemi is sent to High Place after her father gets an awkward and suspicious letter from her cousin Catalina, recently got married The letter implied that she s suffering from a mental illness or there s something really wrong about her husband Virgil s mansion So Noemi goes there to check her cousin s medical condition and learn the truth hid behind her letter.But as she takes a few steps to the house, she feels that something is really really wrong about the place she s introduced to Virgil s family resembles us Manson Family meets Adam Family Yes, they re completely weird, living by strict rules, having marriages in family, covering the house s walls with deceased brides And there is a big tragedy still affects the soul of the house a daughter kills her family members and commits suicide.So as a normal person, Noemi should cry for help and run as soon as she meets that eerie people, including control freak, demanding Florence, flirting and nasty Virgil, the maids who act like they swore to silence and don t forget about Howard reminds us of long time zombie extra of Walking Dead I think he s soul mate of woman in bath in Shining And only normal person of the family is na ve, artistic, shy son of Florence Francis who loves to talk about fungus.I m not gonna give much spoiler but this riveting, heart shattering, blood freezing, scary book has so many alerting elements including ghosts, sleepwalking, violence, bloodshed, disgusting and extreme vulgarity It s so different from the first book of the author but if you ask my opinion that did I enjoy it Of course I truly did I tested my pain endurance levels I screamed a lot and I was flabbergasted, speechless at some chapters And ending, yes it s volatile, blasting but also satisfying.This means here comes another gazillion five stars But quick note when you re reading this book, don t try to eat your mushroom pizza as like I did I don t like to write what happened to me afterwards This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO twisted, unexpected, gory, exhilarating I don t know a sequel comes after that But if author decides to write it, I d be happily to consume it without thinking a second Sooooo much special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Ballantine for sharing this fantastic ARC and making my wish come true in exchange my honest review And I personally congratulate Silvia Moreno Garcia for this heart throbbing, extra ordinary book.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  3. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    I pray I ll see you again You must come for me, Noem You have to save me WHEW You think you know where this book is going, and then it goes there Mexican Gothic begins in such an unassuming way, where you think you re walking into a traditional haunted house story, and then everything shifts to pull you under like a riptide that doesn t loosen until you turn the final page Before I dive into my review, I think it s fair to note that the majority of this book is atmospheric, character driI pray I ll see you again You must come for me, Noem You have to save me WHEW You think you know where this book is going, and then it goes there Mexican Gothic begins in such an unassuming way, where you think you re walking into a traditional haunted house story, and then everything shifts to pull you under like a riptide that doesn t loosen until you turn the final page Before I dive into my review, I think it s fair to note that the majority of this book is atmospheric, character driven, and the slowest burn imaginable for me, this worked spectacularly well, as I love to feel completely absorbed into the narrative in horror novels And yes friends, this is most definitely a horror novel I ll include content warnings in a spoiler tag below for those who are interestedNoem s father said she cared too much about her looks and parties to take school seriously, as if a woman could not do two things at once Maybe the reason why this slow burn worked so well for me is because I instantly connected with Noem she is confident, intelligent, and the life of the party When her father receives a suspicious letter from Noem s cousin, Catalina, he sends Noem to investigate and report back As expected, everyone involved getsthan they bargained for, and what begins as a handful of unusual occurrences slowly morphs into a whirlwind of horrifying circumstancesThis house, she was sure, was haunted She wasn t one for believing in things that go bump in the night either, but right that second she firmly felt every spook and demon and evil thing might be crawling about the earth, like in Catalina s stories One of the things I loved the most about this story is how vastly different the haunted house felt The author has successfully blended the traditional aspects of the old, decrepit, ghost filled residence and a new,modern aspect, one I won t go into detail of for fear of spoiling the big twist I think she nailed it on the head when she stated in her Goodreads interview that this book is for the reader who is both classy and trashy, because it has the high entertainment value that fast fiction lovers rejoice in, but it is also filled with beautifully devastating prose If you, too, have a love affair with all things that go bump in the night, Mexican Gothic should be your top priority this summer I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those who have a desire to spend long hours in a derelict house and an iron stomachThe truth was she was afraid of going to bed, of what nightmares might uncoil in the dark What did people do after witnessing the horrors they had seen Was it possible to slip back into normality, to play pretend and go on She wanted to think this was exactly the case, but she was afraid sleep would prove her wrongContent Warning view spoiler Sexual assault, incest, murder and gore, cannibalism, themes challenging white supremacy and eugenics, discussions surrounding the death of a parent and other family members, miscarriages and stillbirths, discussions surrounding suicide, and the consumption of alcohol and smoking hide spoilerMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  4. Julie says:

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia is a 2020 Del Rey publication An exciting new approach to Gothic Horror fiction I rarely ever comment on a book cover but this one is stunning It s an eye catcher for sure but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover So, the question is Does the story measure up to that magnificent cover Mexico City 1950s Noem Taboada, a young socialite, who wishes to achievein her life than marrying a man her father approves of, is given th Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia is a 2020 Del Rey publication An exciting new approach to Gothic Horror fiction I rarely ever comment on a book cover but this one is stunning It s an eye catcher for sure but you know what they say about judging a book by its cover So, the question is Does the story measure up to that magnificent cover Mexico City 1950s Noem Taboada, a young socialite, who wishes to achievein her life than marrying a man her father approves of, is given the chance to secure her dreams of attending university, if she will travel to High Place to check on her cousin, Catalina, who has been writing strange, alarming letters, suggesting she is either quite ill or in grave danger Upon her arrival to the crumbling mansion, Noemi receives a very frosty greeting from Catalina s husband, Virgil, and the limited staff Evendisconcerting to Noemi, is her cousin s fragility, and the fierce opposition others have to Noemi s spending time alone with Catalina Capping things off is the house itself which offers no modern accommodations, not even common basics, and appears to be rotting at the seams If that isn t unsettling enough for you wait until you get a load of Virgil s ancient Uncle Howard Almost immediately, Noemi begins having extremely vivid, highly sexual, and lurid dreams or hallucinations Virgil shrugs this off as sleepwalking episodes However, as time passes, the atmosphere in the house becomes evenclaustrophobic, and the staff s demeanor never thaws toward Noemi One would think they were trying to scare Noemi away, but instead they are becomingandinsistent that she remains in the house As horrifying as that prospect might be, Noemi is also intrigued by the legends, Virgil, and with the youngest member of the family, Francis the only friendly face on the entire estate With Francis reluctant help, Noemi is determined to learn the history of the region and to free her cousin from the grasp of her oddly mesmerizing husband and the curse of High Place This is one super creepy novel The atmosphere is off the charts spooky and the imagery is incredibly vivid The blurb calls this a re imagining of the classic Gothic suspense novel Go with that description and think about what that word re imagining might mean This book has been compared to Rebecca by publicists, promoters, and editorial or professional reviewers Naturally, I m going to have to agree to disagree about that comparison Why Both novels are, without a doubt, Gothic literature But I never viewed Rebecca as a horror novel The supernatural tones one senses in that novel, is not at all like what one will experience when reading this novel If I could rewrite the blurb, I would substitute the word Suspense with the word Horror The book is very suspenseful, but you are getting a true horror novel experience here, and not one that is merely implied While re imagining is a great way to describe this modern spin on the classic genre, inways than one it is pure traditional Gothic Horror The author did a fabulous job marrying Gothic and Horror, creating a complex and hypnotizing tone, keeping me glued to the pages especially during the last quarter of the book That said, keep in mind that Gothic fiction is not known for its blistering pace However, I felt like this one moved along at a nice clip, despite a lag here and there It s dark and ghastly, replete with classic Gothic Grotesquerie, and lots of mind tripping chills and thrills, plus, a little bit of romance for balance and lightness Overall, this is the best Gothic horror novel I ve read in ages

  5. Silvia Moreno-Garcia says:

    FAQIs there a playlist Yes, go to Spotify there other goodies Paper doll PDF club kit PDF Is the town in the book real It s inspired by a real town which is called Real del Monte Mineral del Monte and which was a British mining town and has a very particular kind of architecture It s nicknamed Little Cornwall Yes, there is an English cemetery there Photo https FAQIs there a playlist Yes, go to Spotify there other goodies Paper doll PDF club kit PDF Is the town in the book real It s inspired by a real town which is called Real del Monte Mineral del Monte and which was a British mining town and has a very particular kind of architecture It s nicknamed Little Cornwall Yes, there is an English cemetery there Photo state does this take place in Hidalgo, which is known for its mountainous terrain Fashion wise, what is Noemi wearing Not a poodle skirt Dior premiered his New Look in 1947, which featured a cinched waist, a very full skirt, and a nod to opulence Hats would have been small in the early 1950s Here son the 1950s and Dior

  6. Holly (Holly Hearts Books) says:

    This was the creepiest and weirdest book I ve read so far this year WHAT A WILD RIDE.Imagine it s the 1950 s, you re driving through a small town, up a winding hill, through some rusty gates and through the fog you see a huge Gothic mansion with a VERY troubled past.Silvia has an outstanding way with setting a mood Every bit of her writing and setting comes together into this dreamy, Gothic sense that pervades absolutely every bit of the book It s enchanting really and helps catch the read This was the creepiest and weirdest book I ve read so far this year WHAT A WILD RIDE.Imagine it s the 1950 s, you re driving through a small town, up a winding hill, through some rusty gates and through the fog you see a huge Gothic mansion with a VERY troubled past.Silvia has an outstanding way with setting a mood Every bit of her writing and setting comes together into this dreamy, Gothic sense that pervades absolutely every bit of the book It s enchanting really and helps catch the reader up and make the strange world within convincing What is so terrific in this novel is the intricately woven back story to the reckoning The cryptic but riveting manner with which the passing of time is described had me enchanted It was, in a way, full of desperation and longing, though strangely beautifulThis is a plot and mystery driven novel In addition to the alarming present happenings, there s a mysterious past that Noem has yet to unscramble, and a future that remains grimly uncertain I loved that she s not supposed to be likable She s very vain and she knows it and being surrounded by a mysterious family who are incredibly strict 1 Absolute silence especially during dinner 2 No driving down to the local town3 No smoking4 No lighting better keep curtains closed 5 No hot water during baths6 Be a respectful young ladyIt lead s her to become feisty, with numerous confrontations and rebellious acts and you can t help but root for her and hope she finds the answers she seeks Also on the subject of balance, with all the eeriness and horror, I was glad to have some sweet moments of awkward, youthful romance to lighten things up Don t expect a passion filled, all encompassing love story It s a simple, yet sweet romance that leaves you smiling.Come to Mexican Gothic for the dark and creepy, and you shall likely leave satisfied

  7. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.84I am actually a huge fan of retro Gothic novels from the 60s and 70s, so when I found out about MEXICAN GOTHIC, a Latinx take on the popular Gothic novel subgenre, I was pee in my pants excited Just look at that cover OMG Stunning Sadly, the cover is the best thing about this book It was SO BORING Noemi is a socialite whose father doesn t approve of her superficial ways She goes to see her cousin in the countryside after Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.84I am actually a huge fan of retro Gothic novels from the 60s and 70s, so when I found out about MEXICAN GOTHIC, a Latinx take on the popular Gothic novel subgenre, I was pee in my pants excited Just look at that cover OMG Stunning Sadly, the cover is the best thing about this book It was SO BORING Noemi is a socialite whose father doesn t approve of her superficial ways She goes to see her cousin in the countryside after receiving a mysterious and paranoid sounding letter about poison and danger it sounds like she might fear her husband and his family Right away, things are well, not creepy, but definitely not like home One of the older relatives is a fan of eugenics, the house is creaky and old, and Noemi has strange nightmares every night Oh, and her cousin has tuberculosis and might be going mad or maybe not.This had the perfect recipe for a good book but the writing plodded and it was just so uninteresting to me Wooden, I think, is the term I m looking for I had the same problem with THE SEVEN AND A HALF DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE, a book that purported to be an engaging mystery but ended up being wooden and kind of lame.Giving this two stars since I feel I could probably find it OK if I forced myself through it, but as tedious as this is, why bother I have other things to read during this period of self quarantine that aren t going to make me fall asleep Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 1.5 stars

  8. Debra says:

    3.5 starsNoem Taboada is sent by her father to High Place after receiving a letter from her recently married cousin, Catalina Her cousin s letter in unsettling and her father hopes Neomi can help her cousin and bring back answers as to her cousin s mental status.Noem arrives at the distant home called High Place Her husband s family lives there, and she doesn t know them at all, but it doesn t take long for her to know that something isn t quite right with them Talk about pushy, demanding 3.5 starsNoem Taboada is sent by her father to High Place after receiving a letter from her recently married cousin, Catalina Her cousin s letter in unsettling and her father hopes Neomi can help her cousin and bring back answers as to her cousin s mental status.Noem arrives at the distant home called High Place Her husband s family lives there, and she doesn t know them at all, but it doesn t take long for her to know that something isn t quite right with them Talk about pushy, demanding and controlling It becomes crystal clear that her cousin has changed since her marriage She has moments of clarity and moments where she is clearly not herself Plus, her cousin s husband, Virgil and his family do not want Noem bringing in outside doctors or taking her cousin to seek medical attention elsewhere Not only that, but they also limit the amount of time she is able to visit with her cousin Strange.hmmmHigh points for originality This book is creepy with a capital C Soon the you know what begins to hit the fan and this freakshow of a family begins to show their true colors There is a saying you can t choose your family but this family would disagree.This book is dark, creepy, atmospheric and chilling The descriptions are very vivid, and I could easily see this book playing out in my mind I could see this book being a movie I did wish for the pacing to be a little faster at times There were parts where I felt as if I were trapped in High place and wanted to escape myself Overall, very original, dark, atmospheric, chilling and just plain strange at times Plus, I think this book cured me from ever wanting to eat a certain food item again BTW How about that cover Thank you to Random House Publishing Ballantine Del Rey and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  9. Elle says:

    Full of decaying glamour, dark secrets and a good amount of gnarly blood and guts, Mexican Gothicthan met the already high expectations I had for it.I ve been a big fan of Silvia Moreno Garcia since picking up Gods of Jade and Shadow last year One of the best things about her as an author is that she s sort of genre fluid a term I just made up Gods was a Mexican indigenous fantasy taking place in the 1920s, Untamed Shore was a noir set in Mexico in the 70s, and now we have Mexican Goth Full of decaying glamour, dark secrets and a good amount of gnarly blood and guts, Mexican Gothicthan met the already high expectations I had for it.I ve been a big fan of Silvia Moreno Garcia since picking up Gods of Jade and Shadow last year One of the best things about her as an author is that she s sort of genre fluid a term I just made up Gods was a Mexican indigenous fantasy taking place in the 1920s, Untamed Shore was a noir set in Mexico in the 70s, and now we have Mexican Gothic, a Gothic horror novel from the 1950s that s set in.you guessed it, Mexico.Honestly reading the first third or so of this book, I was nervous I wouldn t love it Moreno Garcia is so gifted in writing locations and time periods, but the beginning was a lot of Noem just walking around an old, moldy house Obviously this just ended up being a set up for the absolutely insane stuff that happens later in the novel, but if you re reading Mexican Gothic right now and it feels a little slow, then keep going I promise it will start to pick up and the tension will only increase It s a little bit mystery, mixed with some horror and supernatural elements There shistorical context, plus it s totally dripping in gothic tone I loved it, and I m so grateful to have gotten to review an early copy Mexican Gothic is equal parts menacing and suspenseful, with plenty of bite check it out when it s released later this monthThanks to Boston Book Fanatic Jordy s Book Club of the Mystery Book Club and their partners at Random House for an advance review copy of this book If you d like to follow along with us as we read this month s selection on Instagram, you can find them at bostonbookfanatic, jordys.book.club, mystery.book.club and randomhouse, respectively.

  10. amy ☂︎ says:

    a gothic suspense novel set in 1950s Mexico and a book cover that could cut a bitch yes, i m keeping my eye out for this one.