An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. 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—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar). 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.
Praise for Mexican Gothic
“A shiver-inducing tale combining touches of Northanger Abbey with bits of the Gormenghast trilogy . . . to create a fascinating atmosphere of dark dreams and intrigue.”—Booklist
“A terrifying twist on classic gothic horror . . . 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 finale. Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled as long as they don’t mind a heaping dose of all-out horror.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow, named one of the best books of summer 2019 by Publishers Weekly; Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by Book Riot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and other publications; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR's best books of the year, a Publishers Weekly top ten, and a VOYA "Perfect Ten"; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu's Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Mexican Gothic terrified 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, nationally bestselling author of The City in the Middle of the Night
“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 swallowing the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel, stretching from glamorous 1950s Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine. Silvia 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 and 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
“The subversive, seductive, satisfying haunted house story I didn’t know I needed . . . I genuinely couldn’t put it down.”—Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“An intense, beautiful monster of a novel . . . Moreno-Garcia’s gothic plot is as sharp as a razor and twice as dangerous.”—A. J. Hackwith, author of The Library of the Unwritten
“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
“Lovely . . . reminded me of the old Mary Stewart romance mysteries mixed with a healthy dose of Lovecraftian horror. Moreno-Garcia is a master.”—Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
“Stylish and sinister . . . a gothic masterpiece.”—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
“Brilliant, beautiful, gripping, a necessary read.”—Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives
“A luscious, sensuous take on a haunted house novel that will effortlessly wrap you in its spell. I loved it.”—Alison Littlewood, author of Mistletoe
“Clever, wicked, and winning.”—Angela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award–winningThe Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings