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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas – Haunted House Novel Set In Mexico

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas Book Information

Author: Isabel Cañas
Genre: Haunted House | Book Set In Mexico | Gothic Fiction & Horror | Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas 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.


TUL Abbreviated Review

4 stars: Gothic horror, Mexican Gothic, and Rebecca fans will devour this 2022 new release set in Mexico – directly after the Mexican War of Independence.

Encounter one ticked off haunted house, a handsome witch, and a strong woman in historical fiction.

This is a subtle novel about the ghosts of colonialism mixed with romance and sheer terror.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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About The Author

Isabel Cañas is a Mexican-American speculative fiction writer who has lived and traveled across the world.

She currently resides in New York City where she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation in medieval Islamic literature. Read more about Isabel Cañas.

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