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Summary

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...

During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father was executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside 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 invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark the doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

Beatriz only knows two things for certain: 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 skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness. 

Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.

©2022 Isabel Cañas (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Hacienda San Isidro is the house of your worst nightmares.”—The New York Times

“A tale of romance, dread, and supernatural menace."—Harper’s Bazaar 

“[A] gothic tale of doomed love and vengeful spirits."—The Washington Post 

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  • Crystal Sanchez
  • 10-08-22

Could have been so beautiful....

*Spoilers*
I was having fun reading this book at first. It was creepy enough to get me a little spooked. But that quickly faded into a dull super wordy mess. I found myself irritated and just wanting to tell Beatrice to get to the freaking point!

A young woman who lost everything, in her opinion, marries a man whom she thinks will help her get a home for her and her mother. Her mother, upset by her choice, stays behind leaving the young new bride to go meet her new sister in law and the hacienda she will have to call home.

The house feels eerie, the servers act weird, Juana won't sleep in the home and Rodolfo leaves her soon alone. Beatrice doesn't mind at first, busying herself with fixing the gardens. But soon she realizes the home means her harm.

This leads into a priest/witch coming to help. A will they won't they, they don't, and a whole lot of pointless blab. I felt like the author had an assignment and it had to be so many words to be completed. Pass on this one.

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  • ZL
  • 20-09-22

A beautiful gothic

Gorgeous writing with an unremarkable plot in a unique setting where the house is its own character.

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  • Karen D.
  • 12-09-22

Twists and turns

This book went back and forth in time to reveal a tale complicated by lies and hatred, love and loss. Performed expertly, I was never lost but appreciated a narrative that revealed the truth, layer by layer.

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  • Erin Maguire
  • 01-09-22

Enthralling

The story is entrancing and gorgeously written. Both narrators portrayed it beautifully. If you're a fan of gothic stories, you will love this, but it's more than that, with thoughtful observations on race, class, religion, and power structures. I couldn't wait to listen on my commute each day!

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  • M. M. DeAngelis
  • 30-08-22

Mexican Gothic Horror

Mexican Gothic horror at its best. A tense supernatural thriller of a house seems alive reminding me of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, where the house haunts the people inside it. If you enjoy a good ghost story, forbidden romance, and a bit of a historical novel, this is for you. Beatriz and Andrés are each in their own ways exiles and outcasts in a society plagued by racist colonialism and corrupt societal and religious systems. It's a slow-burn gothic horror story that builds in intensity one page at a time. When Beatriz has almost given up, she reaches out to the church hoping the priest will perform an exorcism on the hacienda. She is considered mad except for one priest Andres who knows what she says is true and vows to help her.

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  • Gustavo Alvarado
  • 14-08-22

so scary

I love it. it was a scary story with a beautiful characters and beautiful plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-22

thrilling!

This was a captivating story that did a wonderful job combining history and surreal elements. visually enticing...I felt like I was actually back in 1823!

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  • Sally C.
  • 31-07-22

Don’t waste your time

Old story, different setting. Who ever edited this book….more adjectives than should be allowed!…..was it just to fill a page? If you are a young teenager maybe this book would be of interest.

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  • Santos
  • 18-07-22

On my favorites list

it's horror, it's romance, it's cozy, it's Gothic.
I'm in love with this book (and with padre Andres)

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  • Britt
  • 15-07-22

Brilliantly crafted

The Hacienda is chilling, and much to my shock oddly romantic.
Thé duel narration was preformed well, and if I had to guess, made up for the fact that the writing style is not my preference. But that is neither here nor there.
The story is great. I expected it to be darker, but I am not sorry to have read it. I look forward to more from the author.