Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian

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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 terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed 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.

“It’s as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic.”—The Washington Post

“Mexican Gothic is the perfect summer horror read, and marks Moreno-Garcia with her hypnotic and engaging prose as one of the genre’s most exciting talents.”Nerdist

“A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush ’50s atmosphere.”Entertainment Weekly

Book Reviews


Repetitive2 star

There were many sections that I had to quickly page through because they were so repetitive.25


Can’t put down kind of book5 star

Very different imaginative yet romantic with a strong woman character. Highly recommend it55

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Could not put it down!5 star

I don’t like scary stories but I could not put this book down until the very end!55


Wow4 star

Mexican Gothic is a slow burn book with the perfect amount of horror. I love the author’s way with words and imagery that it made me feel I was a ghost watching from the sideline. There were times that the book did drag on and it felt a bit repetitive but it can be overlooked. If you are a Lovecraft fan or a horror fan in general I highly recommend that you read this book.45


Way too slow2 star

When it takes almost 500 pages to finally make the book interesting, the the book isn’t worth it. Sure when it finally got interesting, it ended. Very anti climatic and not worth the money I spent.25


Gothic indeed5 star

Spell-binding, hold on for a wild ride! Just in time for Halloween and spooky things. A great read!55

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Fresh take on the gothic romance5 star

While the premise sounds fairly typical—a cousin fallen mysteriously ill at an isolated mansion in need of rescue—the development is not. The cultural influences (indigenous and Mexican mythology) lend a new element unfamiliar to the average reader. The atmosphere is suitably chilling without being over the top. The characters are mostly dynamic, though the villains could’ve been fleshed out a bit more. The romance itself doesn’t feel too forced or abrupt either. A solid choice for lovers of horror with a touch of romance wanting new experiences from other perspectives.55


Worth it5 star

While a little slow initially this book picks up! Very suspenseful and fun to read. I couldn’t put it down55


Took too long to get to the point3 star

The beginning dragged and the main character turned annoying. IT wasn’t bad but took too long to get to the actual story35


Dull Slog1 star

I only read this book because it had some decent reviews but for me it was a tedious slog that failed to engage. To be fair I only managed 77% but that is also a sad indictment because I gave it a really good go; much to my regret. The main character is a spoiled high society Mexican debutant who enters an episode of “Tales of the Unexpected”; that in itself is not so bad, and maybe a decent editor could have salvaged a short story, but not for me.15

Other Books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow


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