Missing pieces

by Cañas, Isabel,

Format: Large Print 2022
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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 Sol rzano 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 Dona Sol rzano? 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 Andres, as an ally.No ordinary priest, Andres will have to rely on his skills as a witch to battle the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda. Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz's doom"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cañas' debut evokes the socioeconomic, racial, and religious differences of 1820s Mexico. Poverty-stricken Beatriz, daughter of an influential but recently executed general, chooses security over love, eagerly accepting the proposal of a wealthy landowner. Her new husband, Rodolfo, managed to maintain his wealth during the war for independence, but there are conflicting stories regarding his first wife's death. When they arrive at his estate in the country, Beatriz senses a hostile, feral feeling from the hacienda that is now her home. A few days later, Rodolfo goes away, leaving Beatriz alone among wary servants and a sister-in-law of whom she had been unaware. She begins experiencing hallucinations--a feeling of being watched, strong, bone-chilling winds, and invisible hands that shove her--and seeks solace from the local church. The senior priest scorns her exorcism request, and the terrified Beatriz's only defense from increasingly violent apparitions comes from a young padre who hides an unusual secret of his own. Reminiscent of both Jane Eyre and Carol Goodman's The Widow's House (2017), this can be offered to fans of Gothic suspense."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in Cañas's stunning debut. After Beatriz's mestizo father, General Hernandez, is betrayed and murdered in Mexico's War of Independence, Beatriz marries mysterious widower Don Rodolfo Solórzano, as his estate, the Hacienda San Isidro, seems the perfect escape for Beatriz and her mother. Beatriz's first sign that something's off is the housekeeper, who refuses to work without burning copal incense and chalking glyphs on the kitchen door. Then Beatriz is plagued by bad dreams and mysterious, bloody visions. Her sister-in-law, Juana, who shares the estate, insists these are signs that Beatriz is going mad. Beatriz, however, comes to believe that her husband's first wife was murdered and is haunting the house, and she finds an ally in Mestizo priest Padre Andrés, who's torn between the folk beliefs of his childhood and his Catholic teachings. To exorcise the house, the pair digs into a past deliberately obscured by those who would kill them if the truth comes out. Cañas clearly knows the genre, alternately deploying and subverting haunted house tropes. The result is a brilliant contribution to the new wave of postcolonial Gothics. Readers won't want to miss this. Agent: Kari Sutherland, Bradford Literary. (May)"
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Additional Information
Series THORNDIKE PRESS LARGE PRINT Core
Subjects Large type books.
large print books.
FICTION / Gothic.
FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural.
Publisher Waterville, Maine :Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,2022
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description pages cm.
ISBN 9781432896249
1432896245
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