Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 1,692 Ratings)


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


  • Great!

    By fergalicia
    Fresh and entertaining.

    By _Ilovecats_
    Some people say this book is slow paced but the slow pace of the book is meant to build tension and suspense. This book reads like thriller/horror movie, so good!! Moreno really knows how to bring the scenes in her book to life! READ IT
  • Slow paced, but good

    By mcreadslotsofbooks
    I liked this book. I read it in a day, took about 6 hours or so. The beginning-middle dragged a bit. The story was interesting. I would have preferred if the contents of the book were condensed to be the length of half the book or so, and then for some more content. Lots of pages for not that much development. I probably wouldn’t read a sequel, not invested enough in the characters.
  • Great Read

    By urusaikudasai
    I haven’t read a book like this in such a long time. I was pleasantly surprised how this story was weaved. People say this book is almost like a combo of Pride and Prejudice and Dracula, and I agree. It’s not at all what I expected. The author did a great job of combining post colonialism with a classic gothic troupe that hasn’t been seen since books written in the 60s. You get the classic romance and eeriness of a big old house, but with an unexpected twist.
  • Repetitive

    By villify
    There were many sections that I had to quickly page through because they were so repetitive.
  • Can’t put down kind of book

    By tigrepor3
    Very different imaginative yet romantic with a strong woman character. Highly recommend it
  • Could not put it down!

    By Susy luvvv
    I don’t like scary stories but I could not put this book down until the very end!
  • Wow

    By TheOriginalMrsX
    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.
  • Way too slow

    By jeniami
    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.
  • Gothic indeed

    By theodore909
    Spell-binding, hold on for a wild ride! Just in time for Halloween and spooky things. A great read!