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Mexican Gothic

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  33,652 ratings  ·  7,021 reviews
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
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Del Rey
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 scre
chai ♡
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?
Chelsea Humphrey
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Random House Reader's Circle (RHRC)
"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 dri
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Are there other goodies?
Paper doll PDF:

Book 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:
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
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 ye
Melissa Buehner
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hmm. How best to describe “Mexican Gothic?”

I guess I would say it’s –

A little bit H. P. Lovecraft.
A little bit Alfred Hitchcock.
A lotta bit creepy old house.

Yes. Mexican Gothic is part mystery. It’s part Gothic suspense. It’s part horror. Maybe even part New Weird. (Maybe.) And all its various parts are expertly and seamlessly blended by the skillful words of Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Set in 1950s Mexico, the novel follows the young socialite, Noemi Taboada, as she travels to High Place, an old mans
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 th
Merphy Napier
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars, adult, horror
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)
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who are ready to get scared the shit out of them

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 c
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

For 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 secret
Vibur (hiatus)
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
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DNF @ p.84

I 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
Taylor Reid
Aug 27, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
This book is wild in the absolute best way. It’s haunting and creepy but so readable. And what I love most about it is that, as the story unfolds—with more and more bizarre details—you find yourself wondering over and over “what on earth is going on?!?”. And I could not have guessed what was actually going on in a million years.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
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
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it

When Neomi Taboada's father asks her to go check on her recently married cousin, Catalina, she really doesn't want to. She's got so much going on in the city, why her?

Catalina lives in a remote manor home, known as High Place, with her husband, Virgil's, family, far from bustling Mexico City.

As romantic as that may sound, according to Catalina's desperate letters, the home is a dreary, desolate affair, where she is currently either very unwell, purportedly with tuberculosis, or else
mina reads™️
pre release thoughts: A gothic suspense novel set in 1950s Mexico? My body is ready 🤩🤩

Review: 7/18/2020

3.5 stars
what the fuckkkkkk
I don't know how to feel about this book but it certainly took me on a wild ass ride.

This story follows Noemi, a flighty, party-going 22 year old who is enlisted by her father to check in on an older cousin, Catalina, who has been whisked away by her mysterious husband and has sent very troubing letters that leave her family members questioning her safety and sanity.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Well, there’s one kind of food I’ll stay away from for a while after reading this book.
“So I’ll be wed in the Church of the Holy Incestuous Mushroom?” she intoned. “I doubt that’s valid.”
Mexican Gothic is set in a strange place - an old decrepit English manor house built by the English owners of the now-defunct silver mine, the English who despite living in Mexico for 70 years are dead-set on keeping everything in their small remote dreary domain as *English* as possible, down to the soil th
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Noemí 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.
Anne Bogel
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Noemi is a socialite, rather like a Scarlet O'Hara type of young women. She likes to flirt, leave men dangling for her favors, loves clothes and partying. Her father is wealthy and doesn't approve of her latest conquest. When he receives a strange message from his newly married young neice, he is worried enough to request that Noemi travel to the Mexican countryside to find out what is happening. When Noemi arrives at High Place, the name of the ancestral home of her cousins husband, she finds t ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
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 ho
3.5 stars
I 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:
Do I really need a horror-ish gothic historical fiction novel set in the 1950s in Mexico right now?
More than my next breath.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Elle by: Jordy’s Book Club
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 Goth
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, 2020
The house loomed over them like a great, quiet gargoyle. It might have been foreboding, evoking images of ghosts and haunted places, if it had not seemed so tired, slats missing from a couple of shutters, the ebony porch groaning as they made their way up the steps to the door, which came complete with a silver knocker shaped like a fist dangling from a circle.
It was the kind of thing she could imagine impressing her cousin. An old house atop a hill, with mist and moonlight, like an etching o
Alix Harrow
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't gotten much sleep four three days because my kid is sick and snotty. And yet last night--when he was finally sleeping soundly, when I could have been catching up on hours and hours of sleep--I stayed up til two in the morning finishing this stupid* book.

It has everything you** want: a decaying mansion that smells of rot and ruin; a stubborn young socialite drawn into its dark mysteries; ghosts that scream warnings in the walls; a handsome young husband with a corroded soul; a family cu

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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all, nothing in this place was what it seemed. There were secrets upon secrets.

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. Upon arrival she is met with hostility by the family and when she rests her head at night she is tormented by terrible nightmares. Noemi is about to discover some very disturbing secrets about the family her cousin ha
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4.5 stars
for the record I don't deal well with scary shit. Horror movies? Nope, no thanks. Horror books? Never.

So listening to this is probably not the best idea but I'm gonna give it a go anyway. I'm not a complete idiot. I'll only listen to it during day light 😁 pray for me
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 fathe
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of several novels, including Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow and Untamed Shore. 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.

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