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The Hacienda

(2022)
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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.


Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"The Hacienda is a ghost story that also earns its place as literature. Canas is a name to watch." - Daniel Abraham

"A haunting gorgeous tale of doomed love, vengeful spirits, and tortured faith that I could not put down." - S A Chakraborty

"A hypnotic, sinister tale that is equal parts terrifying and luxurious. Canas's debut is a nightmare lined with velvet." - Roshani Chokshi

"Absolutely enthralling--I read it in one sitting because its vivid prose and spectacular twists and turns made it impossible to put down." - Genevieve Gornichec

"A stunning, spellbinding debut. The Hacienda is bone-chilling and gloriously gothic. Absolutely unmissable." - Rachel Harrison

"A haunted history, a gory gothic, a forbidden romance. This book kept me up at night, and it was worth every second of lost sleep." - Alix E Harrow

"The scary, atmospheric, gorgeous Gothic of my dreams." - Rachel Hawkins

"Lush, sinister, and darkly romantic. The Hacienda is a haunting and brilliant debut." - Alexis Henderson

"Gothic terror at its best, layered with tension: class, religious, and sexual. You will be so immersed in its skillful storytelling that the hours will vanish." - Simone St James

"As romantic as it is terrifying, The Hacienda is a lush, atmospheric read that never pulls any punches. Horror fans, fantasy fans, and romance fans will all find something to love here." - Hannah Whitten


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