Written By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narrated By: Frankie Corzo

Date: June 2020

Duration: 10 hours 39 minutes

Summary:

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
 
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, 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

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  • Heather Snell

    A bit of a slow start but once the story really got going, I couldn't stop listening. Oddly strange yet addicting. Good ending. 5 star narration as well!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Cherlyn B.

    This is my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed it, well written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Traci Nycole

    Book was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Natalie H.

    I really, really liked this one. Very well written. So creepy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • jessicawadsworth

    Jordan Peele’s “Run” meets “The Haunting of Hill House.” I really liked it. I couldn’t stop until I had finished the story! Very creepy. A good summer ghost story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa T.

    how in the world would anyone rate this book 5 stars?? The narration is awful! Absolutely zero deflection, monotone and just plain BAD. The story?? Blah. So disappointed

  • Anonymous

    I like the slow start, but when it started picking up I really enjoyed the book.

  • Tina

    Definitely not horror but it was suspenseful. Like others said, it was a bit of a slow start but once the plot unfolded it was great. Finished listening in 3 days. The narrator Frankie Corzo was great, I’d listened to other recordings of hers and loved them, she was the real reason I picked this book.

  • Anonymous

    I did not enjoy this book. For all it’s hype I expected more.

  • Anonymous

    The story drags a little.

  • Darcy G.

    Liked it. Good imagery.

  • Anonymous

    Book did not live up to the reviews. Disappointed where the story led.

  • Leslie R.

    The book got better ma better.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to get into. Slow start.

  • NumbersMcFarlen

    Listened with my sister-in-law on a road trip. Spent the entirety of the trip talking about how amazing this book was and could not wait for the ride back home to finish it. We both had zero idea where the book was taking us and that made it all the more fun.

  • Anonymous

    Saddly I was so disappointed by this book. I found it so incredible boring, and the narrators voice annoyed the hell out of me. But this was my first audiobook ever, so could be that audiobooks just aren’t my thing.

  • Anonymous

    This book started off keeping my interest but the story line became almost comical half way through. Ridiculous waste of time.

  • Allison S.

    Lost interest and not a very good ending. Pretty predictable.

  • Teresa H.

    I enjoyed this book until it veered off into complete fantasy. Then it just became silly. Perhaps it was an attempt at magic realism but it failed. I thought the narrator was terrible-sing song voice that didn’t reflect the action of the book. I was very irritated by her voice.

  • Anonymous

    Slow reading!

  • Crissey B.

    I bought this book because it was compared to Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It is nothing like it. I kept listening hoping it would get better and it just got weirder. Not for me.

  • Nicole Dunton

    About: Noemi's father gets a very disturbing letter from her cousin, Catalina. Catalina's husband agrees to let Noemi come and see Catalina for herself so they can assess the situation. Noemi is somewhat troubled about her life being temporarily disturbed, but she is looking forward to seeing her cousin. When she arrives at her the home that Catalina is staying, she finds more disturbing things then she can ever wrap her mind around. Plot: I really enjoyed this book so much. At first, I was like this is a horror? I'm not seeing it at all. Maybe a bit of a paranormal. Then, it hit. Like a sledgehammer. In my opinion, that's the best way to have a horror. Nobody expects it coming until it's too late. I also feel like this could be made into a sequel if the author was up to it. Characters: Noemi is this very strong character. She knows what she wants. She knows how to carry herself. She's intelligent and proud. I wish I had seen more of Catalina. She's more referenced and described than anything. The other characters definitely put some color into the book. Especially the people that lived in High Place. Narration: I both listened and read this book. This book was narrated by Franki Corzo. She gave such an authentic feel to the Spanish heritage referenced in this book. It was wonderful. She also has a nice voice that I didn't mind hearing at all. I would definitely hear other books narrated by her. Suggestions: Sequel, please! Recommend: I definitely recommend!

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