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What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different…. 2015 OUTSTANDING NOVEL IN HORROR/SUSPENSE, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE AWARD in CO What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different…. 2015 OUTSTANDING NOVEL IN HORROR/SUSPENSE, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE AWARD in CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC, PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER REVIEW 2014 GOLD MEDAL WINNER, SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION 2014 Honorable Mention in General Fiction, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.


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What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different…. 2015 OUTSTANDING NOVEL IN HORROR/SUSPENSE, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE AWARD in CO What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different…. 2015 OUTSTANDING NOVEL IN HORROR/SUSPENSE, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 FIRST PLACE AWARD in CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC, PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER REVIEW 2014 GOLD MEDAL WINNER, SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION 2014 Honorable Mention in General Fiction, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.

30 review for Mateguas Island: A Novel of Horror and Suspense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤

    I'm throwing in the towel at 43%. The internal monologues on every single page are killing me. No joke. Half the book comprises of these characters basically talking to themselves. Add to that the douchecanoe parade of players. The asshole husband and bitchy wife. The slimy guy and girl conveniently trying to destroy their sham of a marriage. And don't even get me started on the twin girls. Holy shit. If my kids ever spoke the way these two kids do, I would run away screaming. So unrealistic it I'm throwing in the towel at 43%. The internal monologues on every single page are killing me. No joke. Half the book comprises of these characters basically talking to themselves. Add to that the douchecanoe parade of players. The asshole husband and bitchy wife. The slimy guy and girl conveniently trying to destroy their sham of a marriage. And don't even get me started on the twin girls. Holy shit. If my kids ever spoke the way these two kids do, I would run away screaming. So unrealistic it's more frightening than the book itself. Which, by the way, isn't scary at all. No plot, just boring boring dragged out storyline that really isn't any story worth reading. I'm done. Zero ninja bunnehs ARC provided by NG for an honest review. Thank you, NG!

  2. 5 out of 5

    J. Scott Payne

    Mateguas Island is a crisp story for a stormy night when the house is creaking, rain is rattling the window panes and you know Something is Out There. It certainly is Out There on Mateguas (Muh-tug-wus), an isolated island off the coast of Maine. It’s ancient, spectral and greedy, preying on a vulnerable family. The author, Linda Watkins — who lived for some years on an unhaunted Maine island — makes sure her readers and the family feel the sense of isolation and hear of an ominous local Indian l Mateguas Island is a crisp story for a stormy night when the house is creaking, rain is rattling the window panes and you know Something is Out There. It certainly is Out There on Mateguas (Muh-tug-wus), an isolated island off the coast of Maine. It’s ancient, spectral and greedy, preying on a vulnerable family. The author, Linda Watkins — who lived for some years on an unhaunted Maine island — makes sure her readers and the family feel the sense of isolation and hear of an ominous local Indian legend. She opens by implanting a cascade of questions in her readers’ minds . . . then takes her sweet tension-building time to provide the answers and the horror behind them

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Dunbar

    Have you ever read a book that was so bad it actually made you angry each and every moment you read it? I can't explain why I felt compelled to finish this book and I wish I could take back that time and do something more enjoyable like flossing or clipping my toenails. My faith in Goodreads has declined significantly if this is the 26th best Gothic novel of all time. Seriously??? The WORST book I have read this year.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Wiltshire

    A dark, rainy Boxing Day in Devon. What can you do? Grab a horror story and a Baileys and lose yourself to a stormy night on an isolated Maine Island. Sounded a very good idea to me. Only trouble is, I'm not sure this is the great read I'd hoped it would be. It appears to have been written by thesaurus for a start--you know the kind of thing, constant finding of different words for the same thing. Annoying, once you've spotted it. And the povs! Good God! Not everyone can have a pov in the same s A dark, rainy Boxing Day in Devon. What can you do? Grab a horror story and a Baileys and lose yourself to a stormy night on an isolated Maine Island. Sounded a very good idea to me. Only trouble is, I'm not sure this is the great read I'd hoped it would be. It appears to have been written by thesaurus for a start--you know the kind of thing, constant finding of different words for the same thing. Annoying, once you've spotted it. And the povs! Good God! Not everyone can have a pov in the same scene, even the same sentence. It's cheating and weird. And has the author ever heard of the theory of less is more? I don't need to be told that a woman with her head in her hands crying is feeling desolate. I think I could have worked that out for myself. Damn. I will probably finish as it's a short novel and it's still raining, and with enough Baileys I can read anything. As usual, I'll update when done. Okay, 50% down and I can't read any more. I've tried. Hell, Turner and Hooch is on the telly (oldies watching it) and even that was more entertaining than struggling with this appallingly written and boring book. I mean, what's with the povs? Not only do they swap person in a single sentence, suddenly you get this: "While Karen was enduring another experience in the woods, Bill and the girls were building a sandcastle." Who knows this? If it's Karen's pov, she won't know about the sandcastle, and if it's Bill's... Oh, so we have an omnipotent narrator as well. Huh. 50% and nothing has happened. Nope. It's Turner and Hooch, then. Tom Hanks in weird 1980's black Y-fronts. Okay, I've just looked at the reviews for this book on Goodreads. Am I in an alternate reality universe? Seriously, 5 stars for this? That's more scary than this book. Hooch has just been shot. Hell, that's more scary than this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I received this book as an ARC for review on L.S.K Sweetheart Reviews and BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH BLOG. This is the story of the Anderson family. Do to the downward spiral of loosing his job . Bill moves his family across the country to an island . Where he has inherited a house from his aunt. Thinking of this a new start they move to the island, Not knowing what they were getting into . As they arrive on the island old feeling of mistrust and abandonment start creeping up on them Karen and Bill ar I received this book as an ARC for review on L.S.K Sweetheart Reviews and BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH BLOG. This is the story of the Anderson family. Do to the downward spiral of loosing his job . Bill moves his family across the country to an island . Where he has inherited a house from his aunt. Thinking of this a new start they move to the island, Not knowing what they were getting into . As they arrive on the island old feeling of mistrust and abandonment start creeping up on them Karen and Bill are keeping secrets from each other . Terri and Sophia are in the middle. The girls find a old box full of secrets . As the secrets continue to mount and the legends come true. Will they make it off the island but better yet will they make off the island alive. This story had me from the second page of the book. The characters are well written, Miss Watkins weaves a terrifying tale of native American lore . Keeping me in suspense the whole time. This book had me staying up late into the night. Reading with the blanket over my head . There were some parts of the book that you wanted scream at the book. Watch out get out of there , Run away now. I had goose bumps in some spots . If this is a first book for Linda, I can see great things in her future. She did a great job in every aspect of this novel. There aren't a lot of authors that can keep me engaged in a book. Linda did that for me . The characters were all consuming even the secondary characters . So if you want a great book that will keep you reading all night long , Check out this book , I don't think you will be disappointed . I know I wasn't

  6. 5 out of 5

    H.William Ruback

    When the evil deeds of those who came before pass into legends. Truths become distorted and the horror fades with each telling. The reality of the past becomes nothing more than a campfire story. Every once in a while, though, the thinly veiled truth seeps out and even the innocent cannot be protected from the oncoming storm. Reeling from the loss of his job and trying to mend the growing cracks in his marriage, Bill Andersen moves his family to the isolated island home he has inherited from his When the evil deeds of those who came before pass into legends. Truths become distorted and the horror fades with each telling. The reality of the past becomes nothing more than a campfire story. Every once in a while, though, the thinly veiled truth seeps out and even the innocent cannot be protected from the oncoming storm. Reeling from the loss of his job and trying to mend the growing cracks in his marriage, Bill Andersen moves his family to the isolated island home he has inherited from his aunt. All hopes of a happily ever-after fade as pieces of the true legend come to light. Mystic symbols and hidden relics may spell doom or be the key to salvation. Linda Watkins delivers a frightening read that only gains in intensity the further you dare to go. Building on a Native American Legend, Linda takes a simple cautionary figure and devilishly twist it into a macabre nightmare that any-one would be lucky to escape. The perfect read for those who take their wooded strolls with a dose of terror.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve LeBel

    What is it about Maine? So many tales of horror and suspense seem to happen in Maine, it shouldn’t be surprising to find another one. This is the story of Bill and Karen, forced by the recession to leave their comfortable life in California and move to an old home on an island off the coast of Maine. Linda Watkins describes the island and its people with the charm and insight only a resident would have. It was fun to see the island through the eyes of Bill’s family as they traveled to their new h What is it about Maine? So many tales of horror and suspense seem to happen in Maine, it shouldn’t be surprising to find another one. This is the story of Bill and Karen, forced by the recession to leave their comfortable life in California and move to an old home on an island off the coast of Maine. Linda Watkins describes the island and its people with the charm and insight only a resident would have. It was fun to see the island through the eyes of Bill’s family as they traveled to their new home. I instantly liked Bill, who bravely tried to keep his family together and their spirits up in spite of the hardships they had suffered. I instantly disliked Karen, who seemed the shrew, always there to criticize dampen his efforts. Their twin girls exploring their new world led us into the what I thought was a subplot, but turned out to be much more. The characters evolved with changing circumstances on the island. It wasn’t hard to understand Bill being drawn to the seductive and scheming Maggie. I almost welcomed seeing him find some happiness in his life. But as Karen’s character develops, and she works to overcome her resentments and keep her family together, I found myself developing a growing respect for her. This would have made an interesting drama by itself. But that was when the evil forces began to emerge. If you like eerie tales, tastefully understated, this is the book for you. From the first goose bumps when you learn of the old Indian woman’s death to the final conclusion of this book, Linda Watkins keeps you mindful of that macabre presence waiting for you just beyond the shadows where things can and do turn deadly. I, for one, hope there are more Mateguas Island books coming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martha Sockel

    Bill and Karen Andersen are taking their twin daughters to their new home on Mateguas Island, where locals jest about the Rabbit King who ruled the Land of the Dead. Once there, things take a turn. At first, it is simply small things disappearing and the onset of bad dreams. However, matters worsen and despite the desire to stay, the family must face the awful truth that that not all is at it appears to be. Coming on like a classic and blending the finest elements of Amytiville, The Wicker Man, an Bill and Karen Andersen are taking their twin daughters to their new home on Mateguas Island, where locals jest about the Rabbit King who ruled the Land of the Dead. Once there, things take a turn. At first, it is simply small things disappearing and the onset of bad dreams. However, matters worsen and despite the desire to stay, the family must face the awful truth that that not all is at it appears to be. Coming on like a classic and blending the finest elements of Amytiville, The Wicker Man, and James Herbert's "Magic Cottage", this slick psychological horror transcends its genre to speak directly to the reader with a highly polished subtext. The beauty of this book is the theme of past and ancestry. We all have a past, and the weight of our ancestors can weigh heavily at weak points between our world and the next. The actions of the creeping shadows represent that primal, almost animal, part of ourselves, and as the terror increases so is reason, and the trappings of civilization stripped away, to reveal the vulnerable people within. This will achieve instant cult status with fans of David Pinner and Anne Rice, and those who like the works of Poe and Lovecraft will love this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill Swanson

    This is everything you would expect from a great horror book. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. You know when you really like a book, when you are sad to that it is finished. That's how I felt when I finished. It was fantastic and he had me on page one!! I’m expecting a movie now!!!! It was a another excellent novel by Linda Watkins. I enjoy her writing style. Good summer read and a must read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Miles

    I was immediately transported to this rocky sea-side setting, and the sense of isolation was conveyed easily. I enjoyed the exploration of the old house by the children, as it was reminiscent of my childhood explorations of my grandparents' 1800s farm house. There is just enough suspense to keep the reader hooked, but no gore or violence that is sometimes found in suspense novels. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good page turner to curl up with!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

    I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is a fantastic, exciting, well written story. It has strong characters that are easily related to. The Native American Folklore and supernatural suspense added intriguing elements and kept me reading through to the end. I could not put it down and read it in 1 day! I look forward to reading more from Watkins. Truly exceptional! You will not be disappointed!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Blasing

    Mateguas Island by Linda Watkins is a suspenseful novel that quickly pulled me in with well developed characters, a tight plot and a fascinating story line. Ms. Watkins weaves Native American legends into this well written work that readers of suspense and horror will thoroughly enjoy. One of the best I've read in this genre. It kept me up reading late into the night.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Saylor

    Mateguas Island is an excellent horror novel. It's success lies in the fact that Linda Watkins builds believable - and identifiable - characters, which only ramps ups the suspense as the novel unfolds. Highly recommended for fans of the genre, and fans of good books in general.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim Goforth

    Bill and Karen Andersen are married, not entirely happily so, but nonetheless in a union which has borne them two young daughters, Sophie and Terri. After circumstances result in Bill losing his employment, he is forced to uproot the whole family and shift them far from the existence they are accustomed to, essentially seeking some chance to start things over. On the upside, the passing of an aunt of Bill’s has left him with an inheritance in the shape of an old house located on Mateguas Island, a Bill and Karen Andersen are married, not entirely happily so, but nonetheless in a union which has borne them two young daughters, Sophie and Terri. After circumstances result in Bill losing his employment, he is forced to uproot the whole family and shift them far from the existence they are accustomed to, essentially seeking some chance to start things over. On the upside, the passing of an aunt of Bill’s has left him with an inheritance in the shape of an old house located on Mateguas Island, a remote community off the coast of Maine, so the Anderson family aren’t about to be left homeless in the wake of the job loss. They may well have preferred the jobless option after their relocation to the timeworn residence. As things begin to unravel in Bill and Karen’s relationship, each of them flirting with different levels of infidelity with other island residents; in Karen’s case, the dashing Dexter Pierce, in Bill’s the feisty redheaded schoolteacher Maggie, other disturbing events and stories come to light, and eventually the whole family learns of something dark, ancient and evil sharing this island with them all. Linda Watkins ‘Mateguas Island’ makes for a mesmerising read, well-crafted and deftly woven through with Native American folklore, poignancy and drama as well as a constant undercurrent of suspense, which hums throughout the whole sequence of events the Andersen family find themselves embroiled in. Watkins has a fine grasp on character development and all of these are wonderfully realised creations, fallible and prone to indiscretions, but that is what makes them so real and so human, easy with the reader to identify with them and even understand why they make some of the decisions they do. In ways while reading this and remaining deeply engrossed, I was reminded of the likes of John Saul and Joe Donnelly, the former for the creepy often psychological elements and suitably chilling atmospheres dredged up through the words of Watkins, the latter because of the frequent exquisitely detailed passages with the ability to place the reader right among the thick of things. The tension escalates, the drama builds and moments of horror are adroitly leeched into the mix and that’s where I will wrap it up without revealing too much of this stunningly executed suspense horror that will stay embedded in your mind long after you’ve finished reading. This is no visceral or affronting horror looking to brutalise you into realms of terror, this is a creeping slow-burn that deliberately ensnares you with layer upon layer, before turning the screws and applying the pressure, catapulting you into the situations the characters must endure. A truly exceptional book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.D. Franx

    I stepped outside my normal genre for this book and I'm very glad I did. I don't mind suspense and horror novels even though they're not my favorite read, but this one sits in a class all it's own. It may have started just a touch slow for me, but the characters stories quickly pull you back in. All the events leading up to the end of the novel are written so that you really get to know all the lead characters incredibly well. When they make poor decisions, as flawed characters do, you want to r I stepped outside my normal genre for this book and I'm very glad I did. I don't mind suspense and horror novels even though they're not my favorite read, but this one sits in a class all it's own. It may have started just a touch slow for me, but the characters stories quickly pull you back in. All the events leading up to the end of the novel are written so that you really get to know all the lead characters incredibly well. When they make poor decisions, as flawed characters do, you want to reach into the book and stop them. At times even slap them. Mrs. Watkins has a true skill at building 'real' characters and then using them to weave a believable, yet terrifying story. Once the book's climax was in sight I could not put it down, even shuffling through the bank line reading it on my iPhone. Overall an amazing 5 star novel that I greatly enjoyed and I'm sure many others will as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Derek White

    *A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review* The synopsis without doubt understates the evil magic associated (but fortunately for the owners) not resident in the property left as an inheritance to the central characters. The story is told in such a way that you will not wish to buy an old house on a hill any time in the near future. Even Karen and Bill’s young twin girls Terri and Sophie are well written and all their actions believable as are those of thei *A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review* The synopsis without doubt understates the evil magic associated (but fortunately for the owners) not resident in the property left as an inheritance to the central characters. The story is told in such a way that you will not wish to buy an old house on a hill any time in the near future. Even Karen and Bill’s young twin girls Terri and Sophie are well written and all their actions believable as are those of their parents. Conversations always flow well and naturally, making you believe you are there, on Mateguas Island witnessing events as they occur. Buy it and you will not be disappointed. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng ***

  17. 5 out of 5

    P.J. Fiala

    Couldn't Put It Down! I saw that MATEGUAS ISLAND was free today and, because it had so many good reviews, I downloaded it this morning. Sat down to check it out and OMG I couldn't put it down! Watkins takes time developing her characters and, soon, I came to care about them, warts and all. Then strange things start happening and it becomes a real page turner. There is terror here and not all of it is supernatural - the disintegration of a once happy marriage and the effect it has on the children Couldn't Put It Down! I saw that MATEGUAS ISLAND was free today and, because it had so many good reviews, I downloaded it this morning. Sat down to check it out and OMG I couldn't put it down! Watkins takes time developing her characters and, soon, I came to care about them, warts and all. Then strange things start happening and it becomes a real page turner. There is terror here and not all of it is supernatural - the disintegration of a once happy marriage and the effect it has on the children is also painfully portrayed. So, if you enjoy well written horror that does not need to depend on blood, guts and gore to make its point, then you will love this book. I know I did and can't wait for the next installment!

  18. 4 out of 5

    R.l.

    Wow! Oh my gosh, I am still holding my breath! An amazing read in every way. When a family that is falling apart at the seams inherits a home on Mateguas Island, it seems like they may be getting a second chance. At least that's what they hope for. But they have no idea what awaits them on the island. Lies and betrayal give way to revelation and sacrifice, and one huge terrifying climax, and I promise you will not be able to put this book down. One of the most intense stories I've read in a long Wow! Oh my gosh, I am still holding my breath! An amazing read in every way. When a family that is falling apart at the seams inherits a home on Mateguas Island, it seems like they may be getting a second chance. At least that's what they hope for. But they have no idea what awaits them on the island. Lies and betrayal give way to revelation and sacrifice, and one huge terrifying climax, and I promise you will not be able to put this book down. One of the most intense stories I've read in a long time. I will be watching for more from this author. Truly time richly spent. *FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, and the opinions in this review are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tarr

    NOT A LATE NIGHT READ! MATEGUAS ISLAND has it all - magic, ancient legends, peril, suspense, and true love - all woven together in a tight thriller that will keep you sitting up late at night, unable to put it down. The heroine of the novel, Karen, is a bit of a spoiled princess at the beginning and it was fun to see her grow into a character of strength and fortitude. The paranormal elements in Watkins' work build slowly keeping the reader on edge until finally reaching an unexpected climax. MATEG NOT A LATE NIGHT READ! MATEGUAS ISLAND has it all - magic, ancient legends, peril, suspense, and true love - all woven together in a tight thriller that will keep you sitting up late at night, unable to put it down. The heroine of the novel, Karen, is a bit of a spoiled princess at the beginning and it was fun to see her grow into a character of strength and fortitude. The paranormal elements in Watkins' work build slowly keeping the reader on edge until finally reaching an unexpected climax. MATEGUAS ISLAND was an exciting read and I highly recommend it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Mateguas Island: A novel of terror and suspense by Linda Watkins is a fun novel full of mystery and Native American folklore. You add in some love, betrayal, secrets and sex makes it a must read that will keep the reader glued to every page. The book starts out normal enough following a young couple, Bill and Karen Anderson and their twin girls, Sophie and Terri, as they make a cross country trek after Bill loses his job. It is after they settle in their new house on the tiny island off the coast Mateguas Island: A novel of terror and suspense by Linda Watkins is a fun novel full of mystery and Native American folklore. You add in some love, betrayal, secrets and sex makes it a must read that will keep the reader glued to every page. The book starts out normal enough following a young couple, Bill and Karen Anderson and their twin girls, Sophie and Terri, as they make a cross country trek after Bill loses his job. It is after they settle in their new house on the tiny island off the coast of Maine that that the thrill ride begins. The ride starts slow as Bill finds some mysterious carvings. Then the roller-coaster gains speed as an old box is discovered with the same carvings. Our ride picks up more when an old legend is told about the land where the family now live. Now, the roller-coaster at full speed you are taken on a wild ride with Bill and Karen as bizarre occurrences, changes in their personalities and secret rendezvous stretch them to their limits and threatens to unravel an already fragile household. Ms. Watkins gives us a magnificent collection of character that you might run into in everyday life. There is Pete and Louise McKinney, the friendly and helpful couple always will to lend a hand and become so much a part of your family the children start referring to them as aunt and uncle. Maggie Maguire the smart, beautiful, young woman that has a roving eye. Then there is Dex the highly intelligent, hansom and friendly guy that gets along with everyone but the men an eye on their wives and girlfriends when he is around. Ms. Watkins does a great job of teasing us with the part that each character will play later in the story by letting us in their very thoughts. One example is when we read Maggie's thoughts reveal a desire not only for Bill but the house as well. The revelation makes you wonder if there is more to her than just the man-chaser she appears to be on the surface. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys suspense, small town life or just a fun enjoyable read that they can get so absorb in they lose track of their own surroundings.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave D'aguanno

    Linda Watkins has given us an extremely well-written and well-crafted novel in "Mateguas Island." Well-defined characters provide the realistic touch, with two of the main characters (Karen and her husband Bill) particularly conflicted as they strive to deal with their new place of residence on the island, as well as their rocky marriage. Just as in real life, these two characters in particular sincerely wish to re-discover the happiness they once had, but are unable to resist some of the tempta Linda Watkins has given us an extremely well-written and well-crafted novel in "Mateguas Island." Well-defined characters provide the realistic touch, with two of the main characters (Karen and her husband Bill) particularly conflicted as they strive to deal with their new place of residence on the island, as well as their rocky marriage. Just as in real life, these two characters in particular sincerely wish to re-discover the happiness they once had, but are unable to resist some of the temptations around them. In Bill's case, it's their children's teacher Maggie whose brilliant red hair and flirtatiousness are depicted so vividly in the novel that I can't imagine how any man with a healthy libido could possibly fail to succumb to her "charms." In Karen's case, she's unable to overcome the moodiness she feels in finding herself living in a new place that seems to have absolutely no appeal to her, thus leaving her in a particularly vulnerable position emotionally. Throw in the handsome and noble Dex, one the locals as is Maggie, and you have a situation that puts the characters at the edge of a precipice, just weak enough that they're very likely to fall off. Suspense builds slowly, accelerates with the discovery by Karen and Bill's two children of a box with strange engravings, and sucks the reader in completely in one particularly scary scene in which Karen finds herself being lured into a seemingly beautiful place beyond her back yard, only to witness its horrible transformation into a scene of absolute terror, with Karen rushing madly back into "reality" as she's being attacked by an owl. And, of course, this is only a prelude to some of the horrors to come. Because the characters are so realistically portrayed, it's only natural to sympathize with them and to want a happy ending for these all-too-human people. However, life isn't so simple, either in fiction or in the real world, and you'll really need to read this novel to experience their trials and dilemmas yourself. You won't be disappointed; in fact, I promise you, you will be enthralled!

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Cook

    I purchased this book because its unique setting intrigued me. Mateguas tells the story of the Andersen family who inherit a home on a small island off the coast of Maine. The interesting thing about this island is that it is not connected to the mainland by a bridge or causeway - you can only get to and from there by ferry, a fact that Karen Andersen, the wife, is not at all happy with. She's used to the big city - malls, shopping, dining out, etc. and there's none of that on this island. She I purchased this book because its unique setting intrigued me. Mateguas tells the story of the Andersen family who inherit a home on a small island off the coast of Maine. The interesting thing about this island is that it is not connected to the mainland by a bridge or causeway - you can only get to and from there by ferry, a fact that Karen Andersen, the wife, is not at all happy with. She's used to the big city - malls, shopping, dining out, etc. and there's none of that on this island. She and her husband, Bill, are struggling with their relationship and are staying together because of their children, twin little girls. Bring into the picture the voluptuous island girl, Maggie, and the virile fisherman, Dex, and you have trouble in the making. Pile on top, ancient Indian legends, a spooky trail leading into the woods, a nasty owl, and some very strange rabbits and you have what becomes a very addictive read. I really enjoyed this book - the characters are complex, flawed, and ultimately very believable. The plot builds slowly, with ever increasing tension, until the last third, when it becomes almost impossible to put down. There are unexpected twists and turns in this novel, a healthy dose of sex, and the end comes as an unanticipated surprise. If you're a fan of old fashioned horror that does not need to depend on bloody mayhem to creep you out, then you will love Mateguas Island. I can't wait for the sequel, which the author says, will be out in time for Christmas!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Perlin

    Mateguas Island, by Linda Watkins, took hold and did not let go. This book was so well written that I believed that it all was happening. This is jaw dropping, suspenseful and full of life. We are brought right into the action and this story has been on my mind ever since I started reading. Bone chilling and startling, in a good way, of course. This book was so entertaining that I had to finish. Was so involved with the characters and the drama that was playing out. Mateguas Island is full of sus Mateguas Island, by Linda Watkins, took hold and did not let go. This book was so well written that I believed that it all was happening. This is jaw dropping, suspenseful and full of life. We are brought right into the action and this story has been on my mind ever since I started reading. Bone chilling and startling, in a good way, of course. This book was so entertaining that I had to finish. Was so involved with the characters and the drama that was playing out. Mateguas Island is full of suspense that had me gasping to myself. You have to hold on as the tension builds and builds. Everything that is happening feels realistic. I was read at top speed hoping for a happy resolve though I feared for the worse. There is horror that will shock you and entertain you. This well written book is a heart thumping thriller that I would highly recommend to any adrenaline junkies or someone who just likes a great horror story. Quote ~ “Against her will, something or someone was compelling her to move ever deeper into the woods. Crows began their horrific shrieking above her and trees seemed to reach out, their branches like gnarly claws, scratching and grasping at her arms. And, despite her efforts, she kept moving forward knowing she was getting closer and closer to that malignant swamp and to the danger it held.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa Simmens

    Always consider the characters before the plot. They are the glue that hold the action together. What is so refreshing about the Mateguas Island ones is that despite their frail, human errors, they will think about their actions, take responsibility for them, and try to change. I like characters (and real people) who are able to acknowledge mistakes that we all make in our lives, characters we can relate to. Like a Stephen King horror story, Watkins develops her characters in a normal setting, m Always consider the characters before the plot. They are the glue that hold the action together. What is so refreshing about the Mateguas Island ones is that despite their frail, human errors, they will think about their actions, take responsibility for them, and try to change. I like characters (and real people) who are able to acknowledge mistakes that we all make in our lives, characters we can relate to. Like a Stephen King horror story, Watkins develops her characters in a normal setting, making us care intensely for their welfare by the time the terror starts. Like a true suspense story, the onset of the horror is merely a fine drizzle, building up the tension that we readers suspect will engulf us as the storm begins. As I read, a part of my mind couldn’t help tinkering with the different ways to end the tale. I actually felt anxious about it because liking the characters, it was difficult to face who Watkins might kill off or who might divorce or, well, just lots of calculations and permutations—the sign of an excellent book. And it is. And I will not drop hints or spoil your reading although I was tempted to turn to the last page, at times. I’m impatiently waiting for her next book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christoph Fischer

    "Mateguas Island" by Linda Watkins is the story of Bill and Karen Andersen who are struggling to keep their marriage from falling apart. They have 8-year-old twin daughters who they both love desperately, but do they still love each other? That is one of the main questions in this novel as Ms. Watkins transports this fragile family to a small island where the only access is by boat. Throw into the mix Native American Indian legends, a strange box full of magic, and an island femme fatale and you "Mateguas Island" by Linda Watkins is the story of Bill and Karen Andersen who are struggling to keep their marriage from falling apart. They have 8-year-old twin daughters who they both love desperately, but do they still love each other? That is one of the main questions in this novel as Ms. Watkins transports this fragile family to a small island where the only access is by boat. Throw into the mix Native American Indian legends, a strange box full of magic, and an island femme fatale and you have a recipe for disaster! Tension slowly builds as we watch the Andersens try to deal with the anguishing reality of their lives and the ever-encroaching magic that surrounds them. The horror in this story is real - coming from both inside and outside the family structure. The characters - flawed and not always entirely likable - are complex and realistic and sometimes, despite yourself, you will find you are rooting for them to survive. If you are a fan of the occult and old fashioned horror that does not need to rely on blood and gore to raise the hair on the back of your neck, then you will love Mateguas Island. I know I did and I can't want for the sequel! I received a free Advanced Reader Copy of this novel in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Loiske

    Prepare to bite your nails off! All they wanted was a fresh start, a place where they could put all the past behind, and concentrate on the family life. But sometimes a new beginning is not necessarily a good beginning. Even when you might think it’s an opportunity to clear the table or when your intensions are good, the human nature can easily ruin whatever you had planned for. For Andersen family, what started as an adventure, ended as something you wouldn’t wish for your worse enemy. A paradis Prepare to bite your nails off! All they wanted was a fresh start, a place where they could put all the past behind, and concentrate on the family life. But sometimes a new beginning is not necessarily a good beginning. Even when you might think it’s an opportunity to clear the table or when your intensions are good, the human nature can easily ruin whatever you had planned for. For Andersen family, what started as an adventure, ended as something you wouldn’t wish for your worse enemy. A paradise turned hell on earth. This story is chilling to the core. The plot is build layer by layer, slowly hooking the reader and making them fear whatever might be lurking around the corner. It is so realistic that even when I had finished the book, I still felt the aftermath and had to turn on all the lights in my house. Just in case… Maybe it was because the story is filled with Native American folklore, or maybe it was just the author’s talented way of building the tension, but either way this was one of the most believable stories I’ve read. Creepy in a brilliant way and something I will definitely recommend to all paranormal-horror addicts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan Raymond

    The synopsis of the Mateguas Island was enough to intrigue me. Paranormal is one of my favorite genres, be it a book or a movie (I hope this gets made into a movie - it will be brilliant!) This has been one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It would take pride of place on my bookshelf, and would be one of those books that I would read more than once. The storyline is full of suspense and very believable. The story is woven around the lives of Bill and Karen and their twins. They have The synopsis of the Mateguas Island was enough to intrigue me. Paranormal is one of my favorite genres, be it a book or a movie (I hope this gets made into a movie - it will be brilliant!) This has been one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It would take pride of place on my bookshelf, and would be one of those books that I would read more than once. The storyline is full of suspense and very believable. The story is woven around the lives of Bill and Karen and their twins. They have recently moved to Mateguas Island and are trying to work on their relationship while getting used to a new lifestyle. Things get complicated as the couple gets pulled into situations that they have no control over. They have to fight the demons inside them and those outside, while trying to keep their children safe. Linda Watkins has explored feelings and relationships while maintaining the excitement and pace right through. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. The plot would appeal to most people and trust me, you will not regret having picked it up. Thank you Linda for a wonderful read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    C.N.

    Bill and Karen are just regular people trying to survive a wicked recession that takes all of their previous lives. Being left a house on Mateguas Island by his aunt Bill is relieved, but Karen craves the city life. Their twins seem to settle in better, for the adults bring their own unwanted luggage. At first, all seems almost normal. Just one or two things appear slightly out of kilter and this could just be a result of island life. Gradually the curse left by an old Indian woman plays out wit Bill and Karen are just regular people trying to survive a wicked recession that takes all of their previous lives. Being left a house on Mateguas Island by his aunt Bill is relieved, but Karen craves the city life. Their twins seem to settle in better, for the adults bring their own unwanted luggage. At first, all seems almost normal. Just one or two things appear slightly out of kilter and this could just be a result of island life. Gradually the curse left by an old Indian woman plays out with devastating consequences to the relationship and the little family as a whole. The characterization was stunning. While neither Bill, nor Karen is a perfect person, they are both very real, warts and all. As the action and threat escalate each of them grows in their own way to meet the ultimate challenge. This is not a book to read late at night if a person wishes to sleep. It is highly charged and full of mystery. It is impossible not to keep turning the pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Mateguas Island is a well written book!! I love books that deal with old indian legends, ghosts, and places that are in their own way strange. You know like when you walk into a house and get chills ( and its not because the heat is off) and weird feelings like something is just not right. This island is like that. Only way off is the ferry and the people believe all those legends. My kind of place. I love how the author Linda Watkins writes each chapter from a different characters point of view. Mateguas Island is a well written book!! I love books that deal with old indian legends, ghosts, and places that are in their own way strange. You know like when you walk into a house and get chills ( and its not because the heat is off) and weird feelings like something is just not right. This island is like that. Only way off is the ferry and the people believe all those legends. My kind of place. I love how the author Linda Watkins writes each chapter from a different characters point of view. The details described by each character had me right there experiencing the events right there with them. This books ending took me by surprise. I never expected that particular ending, but I truly love endings that make me drop my mouth because I didn't see it coming! I can not wait to read more from this author!! Great book!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kade Cook

    Having lived on a small island off the coast of Maine myself, it was so easy to fall into step with Linda’s characters and their joys and struggles of adjusting to island life after life dealt them a bad hand. I loved every minute of the local humour and draw, making me get a little home sick for the seclusion of the island. Once she began to introduce all the strange and creepy goings on surrounding Bill and Karen’s new ‘old’ home, it was just over the top and I couldn’t put the book down. Super Having lived on a small island off the coast of Maine myself, it was so easy to fall into step with Linda’s characters and their joys and struggles of adjusting to island life after life dealt them a bad hand. I loved every minute of the local humour and draw, making me get a little home sick for the seclusion of the island. Once she began to introduce all the strange and creepy goings on surrounding Bill and Karen’s new ‘old’ home, it was just over the top and I couldn’t put the book down. Supernatural forces are at work causing all kinds of mayhem, pulling you in as you journey along with the Anderson’s as they find themselves in the thick of it. Fun, scary, sexy and just plain awesome is what I think of this book. Be brave and take the trip across the waters to Mategus Island if you dare. Review by Kade Cook Author of upcoming GREY-Covenant of Shadows Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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