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Mexican Gothic: a mesmerising historical Gothic fantasy set in 1950s Mexico by [Silvia Moreno-Garcia]
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Clever, wicked and winning. Moreno-Garcia well and truly hits the mark with Mexican GothicAngela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings

Blends chilling scenes of all-out horror with elements of traditional gothic . . . It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin AmericaGuardian

With peculiar characters, a family curse and enough suspense to hold the reader's attention, it is the perfect summer readThe Lady

This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delightHeat

Masterful . . . a gloriously moody adventure. Spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemí Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits ― Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

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 betrayalYangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride

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

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

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

Stylish and sinister . . . a gothic masterpieceGwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the multi-award-winning author of Mexican Gothic (a New York Times bestseller) and Gods of Jade and Shadow (one of Time magazine's top 100 fantasy novels of all time), among others. 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, Canada. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books (30 June 2020)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2009 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 321 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knocks It Out Of The Creepy Park
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Gothic Romp
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic melodrama set in MEXICO
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic melodrama set in MEXICO
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2020
Over the last few months I have read quite a few positive reviews for the novel, set in 1950s Mexico, at an estate linked to an erstwhile British-run silver mining company, high in the mountains. The building is text book spooky Victorian and the family members are an eclectic mix of curious individuals, who are each leading a strange life, incarcerated in their spookily atmospheric surrounds, a long way away from civilisation. Part Hammer Horror, part Addams family – or as the Guardian newspaper puts it – Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America. The setting is perfect for the storyline and evoking this ghostly and atmospheric backdrop is something the author does superbly well. And. There are plenty of comparisons to Jane Eyre.

I confess that this took me out of my comfort zone, I am not naturally drawn to the gothic/horror genre but I have to say it was the cover that swung me in the book’s favour; that, and also because it was set in Mexico. Just see, the power of the book cover ad location!

Catalina is living with her husband Virgil Doyle, in the misty mountains near El Triunfo in the family mansion, where patriarch Howard Doyle is still wheezing away his days on his looming death bed. The family have mined the silver in the area for several generations. Catalina has sent a letter to her cousin Noemí’s family in Mexico City and Noemí is despatched to check on the health and well-being of Catalina. It seems that she might be experiencing psychological disturbance.

Noemí arrives and almost immediately a shiver runs down her spine. It is a dank and dreary building, and the household is ruled with an iron fist (absolutely no speaking over dinner), with sharp-tongued Florence as at the helm.

As Noemí delves deeper, she discovers all kinds of horrors and mysteries – and death.

It is a reflective storyline, leaving the reader to ponder whether the house is sick or whether the sins of the ancestors – colonisers plundering the land for its resources – are being visited upon this generation.

I was enthralled by the first third of the book, the writing and storytelling fully drew me in. Thereafter it levelled out for me. The longer she stays, the more Noemí sinks into the bowels of the sinister clutch of the house and its occupants. She starts to sleep walk, apparently, and the blur between reality and ghostly adventures starts to add confusion to her days. Soon thereafter it goes into more otherworldly realms. This is not my genre of choice and sometimes one just needs to step out of one’s comfort zone and expand one’s horizons. In many ways I am very glad I have read it. The New Yorker says its addictive prose “..is as easy to slurp down as a poisoned cordial…” It is indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic horror at it's best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2020
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Thomas Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of modern gothic storytelling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2020
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