Mexican Gothic

Original Title:Mexican Gothic
Published Date:30th Jun 2020
Publisher:Del Rey
ISBN:9780525620785
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:301 Pages
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About 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 Gothic Overview

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 novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed 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.

Mexican Gothic Reviews

  • I'll admit, the "Gothic horror" label made me a little afraid to dive in, as I stay away from the scary stuff. But I needn't have feared: this new novel is deliciously creepy, but not frightening. Moreno-Garcia places situates her novel firmly in the tradition of Gothic country house classics like Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, and even references some of these titles in her novel. When Noemí's father appoints her to see to some business on his behalf, the beautiful, intelligent young socialite agrees to do her duty for the family. Her recently married cousin Catalina has sent an odd, urgent letter to the family, pleading for someone to save her—but from what? When Noemí visits her new marital home High Place, a remote and lavish estate built by ill-treated mine workers, she discovers her cousin's predicament is worse than she feared: her husband is a brute, her father-in-law a terror, the staff deeply hostile, and even the house itself seems set against her—and worse, determined to entrap her. No spoilers here, but if you like the sound of a deeply strange and spine-tingling read about a smart heroine who saves herself, this is the book for you. Excellent on audio.
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  • 4.0 StarsVideo Review: https://youtu.be/mW5vxgLhrhUThis was a beautifully written piece of gothic horror. Admittedly, gothic fiction is not my personal favourite genre so it is impressive how much I ended up loving this novel. The first two thirds of the story were a slower burn, following the classic tropes of gothic horror. I honestly wasn't quite sure how I felt about this one until I got to the turning point. Without getting into spoilers, I will just say that I absolutely loved where the story went. It perhaps made it a less traditional gothic story, but that actually made it work so much better for me.The Mexican setting added an interesting angle to the narrative by providing a diverse element to a traditionally classic European narrative. As a white Canadian reviewer, I certainly don’t feel qualified to comment on the Mexican elements of the story. Instead, I trust that the author wrote an accurate and authentic ownvoices story. The story dealt heavily with themes of racial prejudice and will appeal to people who loved the horror movie, Get Out.I really liked the main character, Noemi, who had a lot of sass and spunk. Despite being a young socialite with a love of makeup and clothes, she came across as independent and smart. I love that she was a strong heroine while still being quite feminine.The elements of horror were fairly subtle. More suspenseful than truly horrifying, the narrative primarily created tension through the imagery and dream sequences. The writing was excellent, creating a tone that was both lyrical and dark.I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a suspenseful piece of gothic fiction with a diverse perspective on a very classic horror narrative.
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  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of all time. I have read three of her works (Gods of Jade and Shadow, Untamed Shore, and Mexican Gothic), and all of them have been 5 star reads for me. I have many of her other works, so I am really looking forward to reading them soon.Mexican Gothic is an adult Gothic horror novel set in the 1950s in Mexico. The story follows Noemí Taboada, a smart and stubborn socialite. However, her glamorous life is uprooted after her father receives a letter from her newlywed cousin, Catalina. Her letter does not make a whole lot of sense, but it causes concern. She claims that someone is trying to poison her and that she needs saving from an evil that is lurking at High Place, her new home in the Mexican countryside that was built by the British family she married into. Noemí’s father enlists her help by sending her to check up on Catalina and the Doyle family. It is not long before she realizes how right Catalina was in her letter. High Place and its guests are not welcoming nor are they forthcoming about Catalina’s health and their secrets. The Doyles — mostly Howard, Florence, and Virgil — are very strict and set in their ways. The only family member who seems somewhat normal is Francis, but Noemí soon learns that High Place makes it hard to trust anyone. What then ensues is an unbelievably weird ride. Beyond a general premise of the plot, I think it is best to go into this novel without knowing too much in order to really immerse yourself into the story. Moreno-Garcia does an amazing job creating a creepy and haunting atmosphere. She brings the setting to life in new ways that will surprise you: the old rotting mansion, an eerie cemetery, vivid and spine-chilling dreams. She even adds to this by looking at colonialism, race, and eugenics. In addition to this, Moreno-Garcia continues to create unique characters yet again. While Noemí may seem rude or entitled sometimes, I loved her character. She lives her life for herself and stands her ground, even against the twisted residents of High Place. As seen in her other works as well, I deeply enjoy the slower build writing style that the author employs. Somehow it feels so soothing and flows incredibly well, and then you finally get to a point where so many crazy things are happening. The latter half of this novel completely took me by surprise. Mexican Gothic was my most anticipated read of 2020, and I am so glad that it lived up to my expectations. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has yet to disappoint me. Honestly at this point, I will buy and read anything she writes. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in gothic horror! Also, someone should definitely adapt it into a movie or television show.*Content warnings: epidemic/death, eugenics, racism, child death, incest, murder/gore, cannibalism, attempted rape*
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  • 2.5 stars...Yeah I know...this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. As soon as I found out this would be a BOTM, I grabbed it, I dropped everything I was doing to read it....and well that didn't work out so well. The premise was amazing. The cover was even more amazing. SO I dug into this book and I waited for it to pick up. I waited, and turned another page and waited....and waited...... Finally I turned to my fellow reviewers at page 200 to see..umm does this pick up? They said yeah wait for it...Okay so it did pick up- at page 250. So the last 50 pages of the book was crammed full of weirdness. Noemi is living the good life. She is living off daddy's dime and a socialite in Mexico City. Her father makes it clear that she needs to do him a favor and head out to a remote estate that her cousin Catalina is living with her recently acquired husband Virgil. He wants her to check in on her because- well it appears she has lost her mind. She is sending letters home of people living in the walls, claims her husband is poisoning her among other bizarre statements. Sounds intriguing right??? Well I thought so too. I was all in...Yet when Noemi gets to the estate she is hardly allowed to spend any time with her cousin. She is not allowed to freely roam around or do anything she wants. So why doesn't she just leave? Or take her cousin? Instead the first 250 pages was spent with her mulling around the house and having vivid nightmares. Sure it was creepy but there was no plot. I failed to connect to ANY of the characters because, there just wasn't enough information put forth about them. Trust me, I can take weird. I LOVED Ninth House! I would have given that book 10 stars if Goodreads would let me. That was dark, creepy, weirdness and I loved it. Personally for me, this book took just too long to take off. When it finally did, it felt like a ton of stuff was jammed into the last 50 pages. It was so bizarre and out there- it just wasn't for it. Don't let my review sway you because there are alot of fantastic reviews out there about this one.
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  • 3.5 starsI nearly DNF'ed this one after the first 50 pages because if how slow it was, but I'm glad I pushed through because this book ha some really great, creepy moments. The author also made a killer playlist on Spotify to go with this book and I've been listening to it non-stop ever since reading it so that's a cool bonus. Hear all my thoughts on this reading vlog here: https://youtu.be/S9Xg82fEvuo
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  • This an adult gothic horror that's heavily inspired by "The Yellow Wallpaper" (a story I LOVE). Overall, I really enjoyed it but I do feel like it had potential to be a 5 star book that I rave about for a very long time and I'm disappointed because I feel like it had some missed potential, but I still really enjoyed it and still recommend! There are some potential trigger warnings I wanna mention though for anyone who's gonna read on my rec (view spoiler)[ sexual assault (about 5 scenes and I'd put them on about a 4 or 5 out if 10 for triggering level. It's a trigger for me and I was fine) suicide (one scene. Graphic. Maybe an 8 but it's not a trigger for me so I'm not sure). And child brutality (one scene. Graphic. 10) (hide spoiler)]What I loved:- gothic. The gothic vibes were very good. I felt like I was in a classic gothic horror at times, it got the feel down very well.- culture. Obvs this takes place in Mexico and I really enjoyed reading about these characters culture, traditions, and family dynamics - characters. They weren't tremendously complex but easy for me to like (or hate) each of them and I enjoyed following all of them.- the plot. I really enjoyed what this story was doing from start to finish. Which is why I say it had so much potential, I really enjoyed reading itWhat didn't work for me- the horror. Like I said, the gothic elements were done very well. I was disappointed with the amount of horror we got. Actually this is my biggest complaint. On a scale of 10, I'd say the horror is at about a 3 for most of the book, and near the end it's amped up to a 5 tops. This story was so good but I just really wanted the horror/suspense/spooky vibes to be cranked up *a lot*- the reveal. So I thought the reveal was fine. I guessed most of it but that's just because the ground laying was good. My problem was that it happened earlier than I'd like. By the time the horror amped up, I already had one foot out the door because the mystery was solved and it was just a matter of getting out alive. I would have loved for it to either be revealed later, or end a bit sooner.That said, my negatives are more of, "great book but I wish for little changes" not big complaints. I still really enjoyed it and def do recommend! Just go in knowing the horror/suspense will be on the lighter side.
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  • 3.5 StarsFor as intriguing as it is, immersive it is not. This tale is bizzare and fascinating in its monotony, and in the second half there lies the charm—or the problem, depending on how you look at it.The book operates on the classic trope of isolated old creaky mansion complete with its misty private cemetery and ‘eccentrically macabre’ family. On the surface, the Doyles look like a harmless and orderly household, but the peculiarity rests within (literally) the walls of the house—its secrets and history, the mind twisting effects it has on the people living inside it.The characters are described a certain way, and for the most part they are unchanging. I didn’t like Noemí. Someone needs to introduce her to the proverb “when in Rome do as the Romans do” cause she’s so nonchalant, rude, nosy, and sometimes acts like a brat. I had a crush on Francis, and I also kinda had the hots for Virgil . . . which I know how not right that sounds considering he’s a creep.Howard is a disgusting old man, just ew! It’s a shame that Catalina is such a passive character when she’s the reason for Noemí’s visit in the first place.There’s the barest hint of romance, but its unclear presence makes it pointless. The plot doesn’t take flight until the last 30% to 40% of the book. When it does, it veers into such unexpected direction that it’ll leave you flabbergasted. Because of this drastic shift, it feels like reading two different books where one (the first half) is a tedious mystery/suspense and another (the second half) is an absurd supernatural—borderline fantasy—horror.I’d considered why I wasn’t as enamored and mesmerised as the majority of GR readers, and I decided it was because I didn’t vibe with the writing. It’s easy to follow, but it’s also . . . dry. The book goes so far as utilizing disturbing themes and graphic scenes, but they are never truly felt. The whole experience for me was like NOT peering through a pair of 3D glasses. (Read as an Audiobook)
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  • 5*I AM SHIT SCARED* Stars there was something so charming and beautiful about the cover that drew me towards it! (I mean just look at this stunning cover and think how beautiful it will look in your bookshelf)I honestly don’t like Gothic books, it’s like my second Gothic book (after a failed attempt to read Wuthering heights for like 1000 times.) and ohhh boyyy I freaking loved it. Like a 5 star rating is less to describe how much I loved this book!Once in a while a book is published that you can’t stop thinking about and you keep pursuing your kith and kin to read it, this is one such book for me. DISCLAIMER: - DON’T READ THIS BOOK AT NIGHT IF YOU HAVE A VIVID IMAGINATION .WHY?Because it will scare the shit out of you, you will be afraid of your own shadow, it will make your blood run cold, your soul will jump out of your skin, your heart will miss a beat and you will be scared out of your wits! But at the same time there is something so beautiful about its creepiness that you will find it engrossing, captivating, absorbing, riveting, consuming and addictive that you not be able to put it down despite the fact that it scared the daylights out of you!!!!The phenomenal idea of blending the old, nasty and haunted house stories with the modern aspect of eugenics, Darwin’s theory of natural selection, concept of inferior and superior traits and that whole idea of fungal association with humans forming gloom, I mean I have read about symbiosis and mycorrhiza but wtf is this, I mean who in right mind can think this! The author is crazy (good crazy).*adding author to fav authors list.*adding book to my fav book list. SOME OTHER ASPECTS THAT MAKE THE BOOK LOVABLE• Atmospheric :- the beautiful picture the author paints of the high place will make you fall in love with the place despite the fact that you can’t leave it.• Characters :- the confident, intelligent and life of the party Noemi, artistic, shy and lover of mushrooms Francis ,flirting, nasty and dangerous Virgil , controlling ,demandingFlorence and head of the house MR. DOYLE( let’s just leave him, mere thinking about his name give me chills) .• Slowest burning romance• dicey situation and twists This is the first book by this author and it’s definitely not going to be the last. She owns my heart and head (mentally decided to read everything written by her)And definitely going to reread this book again and again till it stops scaring the shit out of me and ik that’s never going to happen.I can’t wait for the day I will be able to buy this book and take in the smell of it, the day this beautiful piece of art will adore my bookshelf!Not recommend for everyone because you need patience if you truly want to enjoy the book because its slow paced in first half but it’s worth it because the second half will make you fall in love with this book!!!TW:- sexual assault, incest, murder, cannibalism, death of parent, death of children, stillbirth, miscarriage.
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  • The stuff of potent mushroom trips and psychedelic nightmares. Yeah. It was fun. (I'm kidding. Don't do drugs, kids.)Holy carping crap, this is so creatively creepy, and I love it.The writing. Oh, the writing. There was something about it, the sinister, sinuous lilt of it, that imbued a tangibly morbid intrigue. The weight of it slithering insidiously around me, twisting and twining—as if it was tightening into a noose around my throat, wringing the air from my lungs and swallowing me whole. I'll say it again, this thing nails creepy. The settings are rendered in vividly evocative detail, evincing an eerie, sinister edge. Now, this won't be the most perfect description, but, all the same, imagine—pale, lumpy mushrooms, sprouting rampantly from plaster and paint. Blotches of mould blooming in dim, musty corners. The cloying scent of decay clinging to the air. It's all nightmarishly surreal, dreams and reality meshing into a myriad of deranged, hallucinatory imagery (legit, magicmushrooms).I love, love this novel. It's so sinisterly and weirdly wrought, steeped in creepy atmosphere and uncannily psychedelic imaginings and, yes, mushrooms.(Like I said, kids, don't do drugs. Do this.)4.0/5
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  • Full of decaying glamour, dark secrets and a good amount of gnarly blood and guts, Mexican Gothic more than 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 Noemí 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 month!*Thanks 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.
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  • 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 Noemí Taboada, a young socialite, who wishes to achieve more in 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. Even more disconcerting 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 even more claustrophobic, and the staff’s demeanor never thaws toward Noemi. One would think they were trying to scare Noemi away, but instead they are becoming more and more insistent 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, in more ways 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!
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  • "I pray I'll see you again. You must come for me, Noemí. 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 interested. "Noemí'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 Noemí; she is confident, intelligent, and the life of the party. When her father receives a suspicious letter from Noemí's cousin, Catalina, he sends Noemí to investigate and report back. As expected, everyone involved gets more than they bargained for, and what begins as a handful of unusual occurrences slowly morphs into a whirlwind of horrifying circumstances."This 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, more 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 stomach. "The 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 wrong."*Content 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 spoiler)]*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Maybe a 2.5 STARS?Mexican Gothic held so much promise but couldn’t quite deliver its gory, on-the-edge-of-my-seat gothic thriller I thought I would receive. While the premise was fascinating and sucked me right in, I had to drag my way through the initial 1/3 of the novel before I finally found myself in the groove of the story.One of Mexican Gothic’s biggest weakness was the fact that we always stayed pretty surface level in terms of characterization and plot. Noemí shows up at High Place in hopes of checking in on her cousin, the driving force of the plot, who claimed this cryptic family she married into was hurting her, but we never actually get to know her cousin besides some superficial facts about her. I would have loved to have heard stories from her to learn more about her experiences in the High Place, but instead, she is pushed to the background of the plot and only appears a handful of times.Also, I have to say that the romance wasn’t necessary to the plotline. There was little to no chemistry between the two characters who fall for one another during dire circumstances, and for once, I have to admit that their romance wasn’t believable nor was it very interesting to read.I was very excited for Mexican Gothic, but I’m sad to say that the story fell flat for me and failed to deliver. I simply wasn’t intrigued by the story, the writing style was tough to get through, and the characters were very 1 dimensional, leaving space between me, the reader, and the story that I wish could have sucked me in. READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: StoriesForCoffee.com
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  • 3.5 starsNoemí 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.Noemí 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 Noemí 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.
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  • 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 Noemí 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.
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  • Hell yeah! This deliciously terrifying, gothic adventure will be adapted to Hulu limited series! I cannot wait to binge watch! What an amazing news!🥳🥂💃🏻🕺🏼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 naïve, 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
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