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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

"It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird." (The Guardian)

In development as a Hulu Original Limited Series produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by:

  • The New Yorker 
  • Vanity Fair
  • NPR
  • The Washington Post
  • Tordotcom
  • Marie Claire 
  • Vox
  • Mashable
  • Men's Health
  • Library Journal
  • Book Riot
  • LibraryReads

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)

©2020 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2020 Random House Audio

What listeners say about Mexican Gothic

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Narrator is truly awful

I have no idea whether the story is any good because I could not continue past the first couple of chapters, thanks to the fingers-on-the-chalkboard diction of the narrator. Her diction is so bad, that the listener stops concentrating on the story, and instead focuses on how irritating it is to listen to her. She pronounces every syllable as if she believes she is reading for an ESL audience, or believes that this type of diction sounds more sophisticated (she reads with an American accent)? I have no idea. Every syllable is over-enunciated to a point where it is actually not easily understood. She reads "certainly" as "cer-tan-ly", "greeted" as "gree-ted", "eaten" as "ea-ten", etc. Even English people do not say "cer-tan-ly". That middle syllable is meant to be swallowed --in any accent. Good diction is, of course, key for a narrator --but this is not good diction. It is wrong diction.

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Awful narrator

First written review on here as a public service lol this narrator sounds like the kid in class who really didn’t want to read and makes it awkward for everyone listening. I liked the story a lot but I had to listen past the narrator which is hard, very robotic except for one name she really enjoyed saying. I’m eager to try another book from the author and see if I can enjoy it more!

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Nope

The narration was monotonous, I had to listen on faster
Speed just to bare through it. Glad it’s over.

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weird and wonderful

This story was creepy and unsettling in the best way. Very original.

I had one issue with the narrator - it was hard to tell what was internal vs external dialogue. I wasnt always sure if the character said certain things to others or was just thinking them. Otherwise it was very well done!

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Good story

Terrible narration. The narrator just destroyed this book for me, so woodenly over dramatic on every sentence. I wish I had given up and read a paper copy instead. The story was quite good, gothic as promised. I recommend you buy the book and read it for yourself.

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Phenomenal!

When I first saw the title, I thought "Hm, a little on the nose," and it turns out, I was right in the best possible way. This is a book that wears its influences on its sleeve, never shying away from being as intensely Gothic as possible. References to Stoker, Poe, Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Gilman abound, and Moreno-Garcia rewards you for catching them. It's an absolute treat.

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Entertaining read

Fun and entertaining read, though a tad bit predictable. The main character’s portrayal as as sassy, smart & spoiled young woman comes through very well. The other characters are fairly well rounded, too. Plot line interesting and engaging.

I had a bit of an issue with the narrator, disliking her attempts to use a British accent, and deepen her voice when reading male parts. Quite distracting.

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Must Read.

Mexican Gothic was a fantastic read. Narrator did a great job! highly recommend the book

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Keep on listening it gets better

A lot of the reviews that I read mentioned that they didn’t like the way the narrator read the book, and to be fair when I first started the audio book I did notice it but I think but reading the reviews ahead of time influence my opinion.
BUT once the story keept going the narration got better.
So I would definitely ask you to give a chance with a couple chapters .

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Slow development

The story itself becomes intriguing as of about chapter 10. I can’t say that the title represents it well. I expected more about Mexican culture to be included. Even when the characters spoke Spanish it was iterated in English. Some moments were violent and unnerving and bordered on rape (namely the kiss from Howard D.) made me uncomfortable and left a sour taste in my mouth (pun intended). I almost stopped reading because I felt it was so so triggering a passage. Overall it was a drawn out plot, but ok read.

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  • Christel Thomas
  • 2020-07-10

Lacking, Disappointing, Not Developed

I was completely sold on the overwhelming amount of positive reviews for this book. I was SO excited. The premise is unique, the location and characters are unique, and other people seemed to really love this book. Initially I thought it was the narration, I just could not get into the story. But I really tried to stay with it because some of the BEST books start off slow and turn into something magically if you just persevere. As the chapters rolled by I watched my hope evaporate by the minute. No character development, no atmosphere, no depth whatsoever, completely 2D characters. It was such a letdown. The dialogue is super basic, it was just so vanilla. Pedestrian. The writing doesn’t ever CONNECT you to the places or people. There is no feeling. It’s vapid and boring. Sorry, I know everyone else seems to think this book was just phenomenal, I want my money back. Total letdown.

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  • Jennie Taoka
  • 2020-07-03

Guillermo del Toro should direct the film

Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) should buy the rights and give this story the lavish movie adaptation it deserves. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has created a masterful period mystery with style, horror and compelling characters. Set in 1950s Mexico, we first meet ambitious, outgoing and high class socialite Noemí in her element of parties and flirtation. However, she is soon swept off to visit her cousin, a newlywed who lives in a crumbling Victorian mansion with oppressive rules and unfriendly relatives. Poor Catalina is practically a prisoner in her own home, but it seems to Noemí that there is more than a controlling husband to contend with at "High Place" (the name of the estate.) Perhaps something supernatural lurks, perhaps something even more terrifying than ghosts...

Additional comments: This book starts slow but builds to a spectacular, heart-thumping climax. Don't listen to it at night if you are trying to get any sleep! I made that mistake and was up all night. At first, I wasn't too keen on the narrator but she really grew on me and by the end of the book I liked her a great deal.

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  • erinbpl
  • 2020-07-22

High hopes lead to a let down.

I was really looking forward to listening to this selection. The synopsis of the story leads you to believe that this is a thriller. It is actually a snooze fest. The narrator’s voice is dull and lifeless and the premise is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I’m all for imaginative ways of writing but this one is a bit out there. Not at all what I was expecting. A complete let down.

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  • Ena
  • 2020-07-22

Boring...

I struggled but was unable to finish this book. The narrator had no sense of emotions just read through the words and the story just dragged. Too boring.

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  • Jørgen Laursen
  • 2020-07-04

Unputdownable

Imagine a cross between Rebecca, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Girl with All the Gifts written by Stephen King by way of Angela Carter on mescaline ... and you begin to approach the sheer brilliance of this novel. It is utterly spellbinding and completely unputdownable. The author, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, just keeps ratcheting up the suspense, landing blow after blow on the unsuspecting reader as she takes the plot off in wildly unexpected directions, pulling the rug away from under us.

I was gobsmacked. Gobsmacked and utterly riveted. An 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒕 thriller! ☺

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  • Maggie
  • 2020-07-02

Exceeded All Expectations

Loved every thing about this book. Vivid descriptions paired with mystery, action, romance, and horror. I was intrigued because it was recommended for fans of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, both of which are too 5 favorites, so my expectations were very high. My expectations were not only met but completely blown out of the water. I loved this Mexican Gothic tale and will probably listen to it again very soon.

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  • Harley
  • 2020-07-02

amazing story

this story had one of the best slow burns ever and the climax is glorious

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  • Gishwhes
  • 2020-07-02

Me encanto!

Finished this book in 2 days. loved the angsty story with the Mexico backdrop. i've never read/heard a story like this.

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  • Jilly
  • 2020-07-23

Disappointment

I was disappointed with this audible story, which was slow and boring. The narration was monotone and only the last hour became interesting.

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  • eve
  • 2020-07-04

Slow Burn Horror

Seventy percent of this book was following a flighty socialite flirting for favors, shuddering in passions, in fears, in malaise, and choking on shame - it was boring.

Then it was properly good. This would have been best as a novella for the anthology Fungi.

Yes, I see all of the classics she pulled from, and even a touch of The Fountain (2006), a movie I never understood but that still had me in tears.

But I never liked Noemí Taboada so it is with great reluctance I yield four stars.

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  • Sannas
  • 2020-09-17

glacant, captivant, excellent

on plonge progressivement dans une ambiance très glauque et effrayante. L'a révélation du secret familiale est originale et la fin est réussie, ce qui est trop rare à mon goût dans les "romans d'horreur".