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Mexican Gothic

On sale

30th June 2020

Price: £16.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529402650

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‘You don’t read this book so much as surrender to it. A dark and heady swoon’ – Guardian

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

When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed 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.

Noemí’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 Noemí; 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 Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerised by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to leave this enigmatic house behind . . .

This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delight’ – Heat

Reviews

Angela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings
Clever, wicked and winning. Moreno-Garcia well and truly hits the mark with Mexican Gothic
Guardian
Blends chilling scenes of all-out horror with elements of traditional gothic . . . It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America
The Lady
With peculiar characters, a family curse and enough suspense to hold the reader's attention, it is the perfect summer read
Heat
This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delight
Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
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
Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride
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
Chanel Cleeton, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Last Train to Key West
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!
Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of Magic for Liars
A gorgeous piece of work . . . absolutely terrifying, and it has stayed with me in a powerful way
Vivian Shaw, author of the Dr Greta Helsing series
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
Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
Stylish and sinister . . . a gothic masterpiece
Starburst
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
Telegraph
When it comes to the horror, though, Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right... it's enormously fun
Locus
Moreno-Garcia is having a blast playing with the conventions of Gothic literature
Shelf Awareness
Moreno-Garcia writes with heated abandon . . . Mexican Gothic's fearsome storytelling can't be contained
Kirkus
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 finalé. Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled
Charlie Jane Anders, award-winning author of The City in the Middle of the Night
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
Booklist
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
Publishers Weekly
Moreno-Garcia's energetic romp through the gothic genre is delightfully bonkers . . . [getting] wilder and stranger with every chapter
Library Journal
[An] original, well-paced novel . . . great gothic elements with a little VanderMeer creativity thrown in
Becky Spratford, RA for All
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
Lancashire Evening Post
Heart-thumping thriller-chiller
Buzzfeed
This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive
Daily Mail
A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare
Barry Forshaw on Crime Time
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
Culturefly
Immersive and suspenseful, Mexican Gothic is up there with this year's best novels
The Skinny
Intriguing and disturbing, what starts as a slow burn ends up an unsettling edge-of-the-seat page-turner
i news
There are echoes of Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier, but Moreno-Garcia has plenty of satisfying twists of her own
NB magazine
A superb fireside evening read
NPR
A pitch-perfect Gothic novel . . . You will be left unsettled, unsteady, and uncertain. You will also be left satisfied
Slate
The genre's palette is typically limited, but it doesn't necessarily have to be-as Mexican Gothic amply, deliriously, and gloriously demonstrates. No lazy afternoon spent reading it will ever feel wasted
The Washington Post
It's as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic
Entertainment Weekly
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush '50s atmosphere
Uptown Oracle
The books starts off with a mystery and slowly descends into horror that grips you to the page
The Indian Express
I love a good gothic horror novel and Mexican Gothic didn't disappoint
Big Issue North’s best books of 2020
Gripping, terrifying, atmospheric and suspenseful
SFX Magazine
A deeply, creepy read...builds to a strange, pulsing, psychedelic ending
Big Issue: Top 5 books if you're into Gothic tales
This novel gives classic tropes a fresh and thrilling take