Mexican Gothic

Written by:
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by:
Frankie Corzo

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
428
Narrator
98
Release 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
 
ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME • 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
Reviews
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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!

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Cherlyn B.

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

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Traci Nycole

Book was excellent.

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Natalie H.

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

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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.

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Anonymous

Pretty bland tbh. It's a not great homage to Dracula, some theme variations focusing on misogyny and colonialism but it could have been done a lot better. Took me a very long time to finish because I forgot about it which isn't a great sign. I was about 2/3rds through and I didn't remember till my next credit was ready, opened the app, "oh yeah, I was listening to that". I would not recommend it...

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Natasha

I absolutely loved reading "Mexican Gothic." I can't believe it took me so long to finally dive into it asc I've popped into this title and the great cover from time to time online. From the title and reading what it was supposed to be about, I was expecting a cozy mystery, but it turned out to be a chilling and paranormal journey that had me hooked from the start. The narrator did a fantastic job, bringing each character to life with distinct voices and pronunciations. I started the book last night and couldn't put it down until just an hour ago. Being sick for the past four months allowed me the opportunity to binge-listen to this captivating story. This was my first experience with this app, even though I encountered a minor technical glitch that required a restart. Despite that hiccup, the book kept me enthralled, leaving me eager for more stories like Mexican Gothic. This one was from the VIP section, and I hope the seamless enjoyment continues without any hiccups a lot of people mention when reviewing the app itself. ,

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C. Haflett

Great read! Kept me interested in the whole time. Highly recommend.

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Anonymous

Nice thriller/mystery. Narrator did a great job. Sometimes hard to understand who is speaking but this is also one of my first audio books so probably something I have to get used to.

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Graeci

I thought I would not like the main character from her intro but I really enjoyed having her as a lens for this story. The descriptions are beautifully done and I felt driven to finish the story quickly as the plot progressed. Very enjoyable.

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Anonymous

I really liked the beginning of this book and then I felt like it just followed the cliche horror story of a house being possessed.

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Anonymous

Seriously underrated! Loved this book. Almost a 5 star but it felt like a big build up and a little bit of a rushed ending.

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Anonymous

I really enjoyed this book. I had been wanting to read it for some time. The descriptions were so vivid. At times, I grimaced, but I hoped no one saw because I listened to this book while in the gym.

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Dena M.

Soooo slow. Narrator’s English accent really got on my nerves. Goat halfway through and deleted.

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Pilar

This is the second book I listen from the author and I loved it. I love her style of writing. I’m definitely going to listen to more of her books. The narrator was great as well.

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Anonymous

It was amazing beautifully written and read! I have so many great things to say about this book, one of my new favorites and definitely will recommend!

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Olympia A.

I really liked it! I thought it was suspenseful and entertaining. I'll try her other books now.

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Marian C.

Wow what a interesting story with a big plot twist the narrator was awesome too. I felt myself being transported into the horror.

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Adrienne M.

I loved this book so much! The characters, the story, the reader all kept me hooked

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Anonymous

this book is wonderful and the narration perfect.

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Lisa H.

This is one of the worst books I’ve ever tried to listen to. I can’t believe the other good reviews at all. So boring, narration slow (even sped it up). Started to get to what i thought was an exciting part and things would improve and it just went so sideways I Can’t finish it, it is so bad.

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Cecilia R.

I really want to finish this book but the narrator’s style is distracting. She’s simultaneously acting too much and too little. I find myself not wanting to press play. Wish I’d just bought the physical book.

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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

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Anonymous

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

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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.

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Anonymous

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

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Anonymous

The story drags a little.

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Darcy G.

Liked it. Good imagery.

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Anonymous

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

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Leslie R.

The book got better ma better.

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Anonymous

Hard to get into. Slow start.

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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.

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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.

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Anonymous

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

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Allison S.

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

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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.

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Anonymous

Slow reading!

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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.

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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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