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The Hacienda of Isabel Cañas

The Mexican goth meets Rebecca in this supernatural thriller debut, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a lonely house, a sinister haunting, and the woman caught in their clutches…

When the Mexican government was overthrown, Beatriz’s father was executed and his house destroyed. When the handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz shrugs off the rumors surrounding the sudden death of his first wife, choosing instead to embrace the security that his country estate provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.

But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.

When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of the invisible eyes follows her with every movement. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, laughs at Beatriz’s fears, but why does she refuse to come into the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark the door with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

Beatriz only knows two things for sure: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will save her.

Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his wizarding skills to fight off the malevolent presence that haunts the hacienda.

Far from being a refuge, San Isidro is perhaps Beatriz’s downfall.

Reasons to read it: If you like the haunting atmosphere of a good Gothic and are intrigued by post-war Mexican decor. For readers of the above mexican gothic and Rebecca, there will be some familiar aspects, but the addition of the catholic priest practicing witchcraft brings a whole new component. And the way Cañas uses Gothic tropes is both familiar and refreshing.

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