Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

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The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a mesmerising feminist re-imagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a young socialite discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemi. You have to save me.

When glamorous socialite Noemi Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it's clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims that her husband is poisoning her and her visions of restless ghosts seem remarkable, even for her.

Noemi's chic gowns and perfect lipstick are more suited to cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing, but she immediately heads to High Place, a remote mansion in the Mexican countryside, determined to discover what is so affecting her cousin.

Tough and smart, she possesses 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 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, 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.

And Noemi, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to leave this enigmatic house behind . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 28mm | 392g
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529402670
  • 9781529402674
  • 103,585

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Intriguing and disturbing, what starts as a slow burn ends up an unsettling edge-of-the-seat page-turner * The Skinny * Immersive and suspenseful, Mexican Gothic is up there with this year's best novels * Culturefly * A gripping read and, despite the horror and violence of the story, it's a strangely beautiful one. This is an impressive chiller-thriller; the writing is steeped in the spirit of the Victorian gothic tale and it's as well done as any recent homage * Barry Forshaw on Crime Time * A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare * Daily Mail * This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive * Buzzfeed * Heart-thumping thriller-chiller * Lancashire Evening Post * An inspiring and totally original homage to Gothic stories of yore, Moreno-Garcia introduces readers to an awesomely creepy place and extremely evil family whose grip on power relies upon their ability to trap others in their venomous web . . . this is not your mother's Gothic tale * Becky Spratford, RA for All * [An] original, well-paced novel . . . great gothic elements with a little VanderMeer creativity thrown in * Library Journal * Moreno-Garcia's energetic romp through the gothic genre is delightfully bonkers . . . [getting] wilder and stranger with every chapter * Publishers Weekly * A shiver-inducing tale combining touches of Northanger Abbey with bits of the Gormenghast trilogy thrown in for good measure . . . a fascinating atmosphere of dark dreams and intrigue * Booklist * Mexican Gothic terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she's a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today * Charlie Jane Anders, award-winning author of The City in the Middle of the Night * Moreno-Garcia weaves elements of Mexican folklore with themes of decay, sacrifice, and rebirth, casting a dark spell all the way to the visceral and heart-pounding finale. Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled * Kirkus * Moreno-Garcia writes with heated abandon . . . Mexican Gothic's fearsome storytelling can't be contained * Shelf Awareness * Moreno-Garcia is having a blast playing with the conventions of Gothic literature * Locus * When it comes to the horror, though, Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right... it's enormously fun * Telegraph * A fitting example of a new American Gothic novel, as Moreno-Garcia re-imagines this classic genre. You'll certainly find yourself caught between gasps of horror as you start to unravel this mysterious story, just remember to leave the light on as you sit down for a good read * Starburst * Stylish and sinister . . . a gothic masterpiece * Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds * So powerful I sometimes had to look away . . . plays all the classic Gothic tropes with deft confidence while weaving in a much more modern and visceral strain of horror * Vivian Shaw, author of the Dr Greta Helsing series * A gorgeous piece of work . . . absolutely terrifying, and it has stayed with me in a powerful way * Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of Magic for Liars * Tense, atmospheric and beautifully written, Mexican Gothic will carry readers back in time to 1950s Mexico where a dark secret looms large, insidiously winding its way through the pages. A spellbinding, suspenseful, immersive read! * Chanel Cleeton, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Last Train to Key West * Darkly brilliant and captivating. Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself - High Place, with its reputation for devouring the dreams of young women - is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel. From 1950s glamorous Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine, Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal * Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride * Masterful . . . a gloriously moody adventure. Spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemi Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits * Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling * This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delight * Heat * With peculiar characters, a family curse and enough suspense to hold the reader's attention, it is the perfect summer read * The Lady * Blends chilling scenes of all-out horror with elements of traditional gothic . . . It's Lovecraft meets the Brontes in Latin America * Guardian * Clever, wicked and winning. Moreno-Garcia well and truly hits the mark with Mexican Gothic * Angela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings *
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About Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of 2015 by BuzzFeed and more; Certain Dark Things, a Publishers Weekly top ten; The Beautiful Ones, a fantasy of manners; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Born and brought up in Mexico, she now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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10,504 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 29% (3,063)
4 41% (4,285)
3 22% (2,293)
2 6% (667)
1 2% (196)
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