We are proud to announce that BookBrowse has won Platinum in the 2024 Modern Library Awards.

BookBrowse Reviews A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens by Raul Palma

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Read-Alikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens

A Novel

by Raul Palma

A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens by Raul Palma X
A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens by Raul Palma
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • Published:
    Oct 2023, 288 pages

    Genres

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Elisabeth Cook
Buy This Book

About this Book

Reviews

BookBrowse:


An absorbing read that employs classic horror, societal critique, beautifully timed suspense, and a rich character study.

Raul Palma's debut novel A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens introduces Hugo Contreras, who came to the United States from Bolivia as a child and is now a widower in Miami, where he staves off mountains of debt acquired in part from his late wife's cancer treatment bills by earning a meager living as a babaláwo, a priest in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería — a set of beliefs that he secretly doesn't subscribe to. While faced with celebrating the holidays alone, Hugo receives a life-changing call from Alexi Ramirez, the predatory attorney whose firm has been attempting to collect on his debt. Like others seeking help from Hugo and his boss, Lourdes, Alexi believes that he is being haunted, and he proposes a deal: If Hugo clears his ghosts, he will clear Hugo's debt.

Will Hugo agree to "help" Alexi? Will he be able to do so convincingly? Is the haunting, contrary to Hugo's ...

Subscribers Only

BookBrowse's reviews and "beyond the book" articles are part of the many benefits of membership and, thus, are generally only available to subscribers, including individual members and patrons of libraries that subscribe.

Join Today


Member Login


Library Patrons

Read-Alikes

Read-Alikes Full readalike results are for members only

If you liked A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens, try these:

  • The Reformatory jacket

    The Reformatory

    by Tananarive Due

    Published 2023

    About this book

    More by this author

    A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephens Jr. as he's sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead.

  • Perish jacket

    Perish

    by LaToya Watkins

    Published 2023

    About this book

    More by this author

    From a stunning new voice, comes a powerful debut novel, Perish, about a Black Texan family, exploring the effects of inherited trauma and intergenerational violence as the family comes together to say goodbye to their matriarch on her deathbed.

Read-Alikes are one of the many benefits of membership. To see the complete list of this book's read-alikes, you need to be a member.
Search read-alikes
How we choose read-alikes

Support BookBrowse

Join our inner reading circle, go ad-free and get way more!

Find out more


Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years
    The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years
    by Shubnum Khan
    Shubnum Khan's eloquent and moving debut novel opens in 1932, when a djinn that haunts a house by ...
  • Book Jacket: Transient and Strange
    Transient and Strange
    by Nell Greenfieldboyce
    Throughout her powerful essay collection, Transient and Strange, science reporter Nell ...
  • Book Jacket: Prophet Song
    Prophet Song
    by Paul Lynch
    Paul Lynch's 2023 Booker Prize–winning Prophet Song is a speedboat of a novel that hurtles...
  • Book Jacket: The Frozen River
    The Frozen River
    by Ariel Lawhon
    "I cannot say why it is so important that I make this daily record. Perhaps because I have been ...

BookBrowse Book Club

Book Jacket
Mockingbird Summer
by Lynda Rutledge
A powerful and emotional coming-of-age novel set in the 1960s by the bestselling author of West with Giraffes.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Adversary
    by Michael Crummey

    An enthralling novel about a small town struggling to survive, and a bitter vendetta between two rivals.

  • Book Jacket

    Strong Passions
    by Barbara Weisberg

    Shocking revelations of a wife's adultery in 19th New York explode in an incendiary trial exposing the upper-crust and its secrets.

Win This Book
Win The Cleaner

The Cleaner
by Brandi Wells

Rarely has cubicle culture been depicted in such griminess or with such glee."
PW (starred review)

Enter

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

I Wouldn't T H W A T-F P

and be entered to win..

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.