Mexican Gothic

The extraordinary international bestseller, 'a new classic of the genre'

Silvia Moreno-Garcia author


Publisher:Quercus Publishing

Published:15th Jun '21


Available for immediate dispatch.

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'You don't read this book so much as surrender to it. A dark and heady swoon' THE GUARDIAN

'As rich is suspense as it is in lush '50s atmosphere' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, socialite 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 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 alluring, menacing husband; not of his father; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with dark visions.

For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family's once colossal wealth and faded mining empire keeps them safe 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 find it impossible to escape.

'Darkly brilliant and captivating' YANGSZE CHOO, bestselling author of The Fox Wife

'Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right' THE TELEGRAPH

Clever, wicked and winning. Moreno-Garcia well and truly hits the mark with Mexican Gothic * Angela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings *
Blends chilling scenes of all-out horror with elements of traditional gothic . . . It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America * Guardian *
With peculiar characters, a family curse and enough suspense to hold the reader's attention, it is the perfect summer read * The Lady *
This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delight * Heat *
Masterful . . . a gloriously moody adventure. Spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemí Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits * Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling *
Darkly brilliant and captivating. Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself - High Place, with its reputation for devouring the dreams of young women - is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel. From 1950s glamorous Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine, Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal * Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride *
Tense, atmospheric and beautifully written, Mexican Gothic will carry readers back in time to 1950s Mexico where a dark secret looms large, insidiously winding its way through the pages. A spellbinding, suspenseful, immersive read! * Chanel Cleeton, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Last Train to Key West *
A gorgeous piece of work . . . absolutely terrifying, and it has stayed with me in a powerful way * Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of Magic for Liars *
So powerful I sometimes had to look away . . . plays all the classic Gothic tropes with deft confidence while weaving in a much more modern and visceral strain of horror * Vivian Shaw, author of the Dr Greta Helsing series *
Stylish and sinister . . . a gothic masterpiece * Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds *
A fitting example of a new American Gothic novel, as Moreno-Garcia re-imagines this classic genre. You'll certainly find yourself caught between gasps of horror as you start to unravel this mysterious story, just remember to leave the light on as you sit down for a good read * Starburst *
When it comes to the horror, though, Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right... it's enormously fun * Telegraph *
Moreno-Garcia is having a blast playing with the conventions of Gothic literature * Locus *
Moreno-Garcia writes with heated abandon . . . Mexican Gothic's fearsome storytelling can't be contained * Shelf Awareness *
Moreno-Garcia weaves elements of Mexican folklore with themes of decay, sacrifice, and rebirth, casting a dark spell all the way to the visceral and heart-pounding finalé. Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled * Kirkus *
Mexican Gothicterrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she's a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today * Charlie Jane Anders, award-winning author of The City in the Middle of the Night *
A shiver-inducing tale combining touches of Northanger Abbey with bits of the Gormenghast trilogy thrown in for good measure . . . a fascinating atmosphere of dark dreams and intrigue * Booklist *
Moreno-Garcia's energetic romp through the gothic genre is delightfully bonkers . . . [getting] wilder and stranger with every chapter * Publishers Weekly *
[An] original, well-paced novel . . . great gothic elements with a little VanderMeer creativity thrown in * Library Journal *
An inspiring and totally original homage to Gothic stories of yore, Moreno-Garcia introduces readers to an awesomely creepy place and extremely evil family whose grip on power relies upon their ability to trap others in their venomous web . . . this is not your mother's Gothic tale * Becky Spratford, RA for All *
Heart-thumping thriller-chiller * Lancashire Evening Post *
This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive * Buzzfeed *
A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare * Daily Mail *
A gripping read and, despite the horror and violence of the story, it's a strangely beautiful one. This is an impressive chiller-thriller; the writing is steeped in the spirit of the Victorian gothic tale and it's as well done as any recent homage * Barry Forshaw on Crime Time *
Immersive and suspenseful, Mexican Gothic is up there with this year's best novels * Culturefly *
Intriguing and disturbing, what starts as a slow burn ends up an unsettling edge-of-the-seat page-turner * The Skinny *
There are echoes of Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier, but Moreno-Garcia has plenty of satisfying twists of her own * i news *
A superb fireside evening read * NB magazine *
A pitch-perfect Gothic novel . . . You will be left unsettled, unsteady, and uncertain. You will also be left satisfied * NPR *
The genre's palette is typically limited, but it doesn't necessarily have to be-as Mexican Gothic amply, deliriously, and gloriously demonstrates. No lazy afternoon spent reading it will ever feel wasted * Slate *

It's as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic

* The Washington Post *
A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush '50s atmosphere * Entertainment Weekly *
The books starts off with a mystery and slowly descends into horror that grips you to the page * Uptown Oracle *
I love a good gothic horror novel and Mexican Gothic didn't disappoint * The Indian Express *
Gripping, terrifying, atmospheric and suspenseful * Big Issue North’s best books of 2020 *
A deeply, creepy read...builds to a strange, pulsing, psychedelic ending * SFX Magazine *
This novel gives classic tropes a fresh and thrilling take * Big Issue: Top 5 books if you're into Gothic tales *

ISBN: 9781529402681

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 24mm

Weight: 228g

320 pages