Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

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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. She's not sure what she will find--her cousin's husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemi knows little about the region. Noemi 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 Noemi; 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 Noemi, 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 Noemi digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525620785
0525620788
Branch Call Number: FIC MORE
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm

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A spunky female protagonist. An ancient house filled with disturbing secrets. If you enjoy classic gothic novels, give this best-selling book a try. Currently in development as a HULU original limited series.

Something for those spooky season vibes.

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... Read More »


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Casiepaws
Apr 16, 2021

I thought this was an interesting concept, boringly told. I just didn't care about the characters and their push and pull relationships. The stakes never felt very high or immediate. Maybe the gothic style is not for me? I don't know but I think I'll ultimately probably forget this novel in a month.

LPL_ChristinaJ Apr 15, 2021

This was glorious! Creepy, unsettling, at times absolutely disgusting. A bit of a slow-burn in the first act, but not one that made me drowsy with boredom, but more of a subtle, steady pacing that allowed me to get used to the dark gloom of High Place manor and its inhabitants before the plot catapulted into batshit crazy! The setting was menacing, the hosts of High Place were unnerving, and by the second act the horror became gruesome. There's a good chance this book will make your skin itch in the worst way! So glad I finally got to enjoy this constantly talked about gem!

(P.S. can we have more female protagonists like Noemi, please? I loved her gall, her style, her confidence!)

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Karlie85
Mar 21, 2021

I don't typically read blockbuster novels such as this, but it ended up on my library holds list somehow and I just read it in a couple of days. The plot meanders slowly and is not aggressive. The atmosphere that the author builds is quite creepy, but never in a "shock value" kind of way. The "plot twist" that happens about two-thirds of the way through isn't really that surprising if you pay attention to the details throughout the book, but is still weird and revolting. I enjoyed this novel more than I expected to.

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lexxiross14
Mar 17, 2021

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rjdelacruz2
Mar 10, 2021

First time reading a gothic novel, and I enjoyed it. I was warned about how creepy this book could get, so when I got to the weird parts, I was expecting it and was able to get through them easier. This book was fun and entertaining and so hard to put down.

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BOOBOOKER
Feb 24, 2021

I liked this story but I almost stopped reading it. It's well written but it takes a while to get into the creepy realm in the last few chapters.

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elmoskippy
Feb 21, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative story about a woman with a strong will as the main protagonist. The description of the goings on in the house are so picturesque you feel like you're actually there. A must read for anyone who loves to step away from the ordinary.

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lxpetrik
Jan 23, 2021

Excellent read. Very detailed, immersive, and original. Highly recommend.

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jaglowgla82
Jan 21, 2021

WOW! What an amazing book! I will admit the book starts out slow, but when it picks up it is addicting. The story is very Bronte indeed. The story is about two cousins Naomi and Catalina. Catalina writes to her cousin about the weird experiences she's been having living with her husband's ancestor home. Once Naomi at the home, that's when things get really interesting. I would say it is a must read! I can't wait to purchase it for my own personal collection.

IndyPL_LindsayH Jan 21, 2021

Mexican Gothic is a hauntingly, twisted tale of one of the strangest families you will ever meet. Set way up high on a mountain deep in the remote Mexican countryside, High Place is a house like no other.

The main character, Noemi, is a young socialite, who hails from a wealthy family in Mexico City. She spends her time attending parties, charming beaus, and studying various subjects. One night, she receives a chilling letter from her beloved, older cousin Catalina begging her to come to her side at High Place. The home of her husband`s family.

Noemi heeds her cousin`s warning and takes the train to see what is what. She finds her cousin under constant guard by the strict matriarch of her husband`s family. When she does see her she totally out of it.

High Place and the Doyle family are beyond peculiar. As you read you will be haunted by the strange family and the house they inhabit. What is their dark and eery secret? Can Catalina escape their clutches. Read on to find out!

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