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Mexican Gothic

Tekijä: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
4,7832372,356 (3.7)205
Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Its Lovecraft meets the Bronts 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 WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Mens 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, Noem Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Shes not sure what she will findher cousins husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noem knows little about the region.   
 
Noem is also an unlikely rescuer: Shes a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But shes also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousins new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noem; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemis dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the familys youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noem, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his familys past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The familys once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noem digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noem, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Its 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 genres most exciting talents.Nerdist
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush 50s atmosphere.Entertainment Weekly
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    TooBusyReading: Both involve some horror and creepiness, but I like The Changeling more than I liked Mexican Gothic.
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    Heather39: Fungal horror.
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    LAKobow: Gothic mystery set in a huge estate with a young female protagonist. Sketchy familial relationships and magic abound.
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    Horishny95: I enjoyed Mexican Gothic very much. Would recommend this for those who like revenge.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 234) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I rated it a 3.5 because I'm not a fan of horror, but I liked Mexican Gothic a lot more than I've liked books in a similar vein. This is also the second book of Moreno-Garcia's where the ending bumped up the rating from what it would have been. ( )
  caaleros | May 17, 2024 |
I want to enjoy this novel but could not finish. Some readers will relish the extended suspense. Others will feel Moreno-Garcia’s reveals infrequent and usually inconsequential, and the conversation repetitive. ( )
  CKHarwood | May 5, 2024 |
2024 book #24. 2020. 22-yo Noemi' lives a happy life in 1950 Mexico City until her father sends her to visit her cousin, now married to the master of a dark and moldy mansion far from the city. An OK start but the reason for the creepiness of the place was a bit far out for me. ( )
  capewood | May 3, 2024 |
Wow. Somehow I saw this as a dark novel and missed it is classified as 'horror.' Horror or fantasy are not genres I go for. The first half is like a dark mystery. Begin with a decaying mansion at the top of the hill, where mold seems to be everywhere. Then it gets more and more twisted. Then strange dreams. And stranger people. And walls that talk.

That I kept turning the pages and finished it is a testament to great writing, an original plot, and my curiosity. The story sucked me in. I kept wondering, how was it going to end? No spoilers, but you'll get it if you read it. I couldn't leave the book unfinished without knowing the end.

Think Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, then set the story in 1950s Mexico. It is more novel than horror. I'm glad I read this book, as it expands my reading repertoire, and I experienced a new author. I recommend the book. It will grab you and take you on a ride through dark tunnels as you hope to find the exit. ( )
  KatrinaShawver | May 1, 2024 |
“Now she recalled one particular thing Jung wrote: everyone carries a shadow. And like a shadow the woman’s words hung over Noemi as she drove back to High Place” (70).

Just like a David Lynch production is not my usual film, this book is not my usual read. And just like watching Blue Velvet for the first time, I loved Mexican Gothic so much. This atmospheric thriller was as smooth as green velvet because of its dark whimsy—full of fables and fairytales—yet it was layered with such weight, the seriousness of gender, eugenics, race, and colonization. And the characters are just as layered as the thick atmosphere. While Noemi appears, at first, to be just a flighty socialite and Catalina appears, at first, to be just a hysterical woman, it doesn’t take long to see that these woman are not to be discredited; rather, they are forces to be reckoned with, and it’s through their will, insight, and intellect that ultimately frees themselves.

The first half of the novel could be called slow, but I think the pace is perfection—a perfect painting revealed: one of personified castles shrouded in bilious-green fog and smothering velvet green rooms. Mildew rotting the inside and moss suffocating the outside and everywhere—inside and outside, awake and asleep—is the melancholy, most notably in frail Francis. This moorish Gothic setting is heightened through the isolation and Lovecraftian characters who live at High Place: Virgil and Arthur and Florence and the weird family doctor. But it’s in the second half of the novel that these characters move from annoying to nefarious. It’s also in this second half where the pace picks up quite a bit and the pieces come together in quite a weird way—a Lynch-Lovecraft way.

What I love most about this book is that this is more than a monster’s tale; it’s about biology and religion and mythology and philosophy all amalgamated together. There’s so much here, such richness, and the ending still manages to feel hopeful despite the absurd arsenic trauma endured (by the characters and the readers): “The future, she thought, could not be predicted, and the shape of things could not be divined…. But they were young that morning, and they could cling to hope. Hope that the world could be remade, kinder and sweeter” (301). ( )
  lizallenknapp | Apr 20, 2024 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Its Lovecraft meets the Bronts 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 WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Mens 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, Noem Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Shes not sure what she will findher cousins husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noem knows little about the region.   
 
Noem is also an unlikely rescuer: Shes a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But shes also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousins new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noem; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemis dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the familys youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noem, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his familys past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The familys once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noem digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noem, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Its 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 genres most exciting talents.Nerdist
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush 50s atmosphere.Entertainment Weekly
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