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Book Review-Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense-Linda Watkins

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The first book I ever read by Linda Watkins was the novella Sarah & Zoey (see my review here). To say I loved it is an understatement. Mategus Island is not a feel good book--it is horror and a slow burning one at that! It will slowly draw you in. The charactor's are totally believable-from the couple who have no choice but to move to Mateguas Island--to their children who are not quite as oblivious as they might think to the rift that is occurring in their marriage. The townspeople are what you might expect on a small island--except for two of them. These two play a large part in the culmination of this story.

I simply refuse to say any more or I will give it all away------you will have to read it----but keep the lights on and you may never think of small islands the same again!

About The Book: (from Amazon)

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….

"Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color...Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read." ~ Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"In Watkins’s slow-building haunted house novel, the new home that’s supposed to save a disintegrating family turns out to hold horrors from the past…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

"...a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for READERS' FAVORITE


Read a Chapter or Two Here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Linda Watkins is the author of the multi-award-winning MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES. She currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2006, she packed her belongings and, along with her four rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine. It was there that she wrote MATEGUAS ISLAND, which has garnered the following awards:

* 2014 Gold Medal, Supernatural Fiction, Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition
* 2014 First Place Award, Contemporary Gothic, Chanticleer Book Review, Paranormal Awards
* 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/Suspense, IAN Book of the Year Awards

The second novel in the series, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND, was also awarded a First Place in Contemporary Gothic Fiction in the 2015 Chanticleer Book Review’s Paranormal Awards and was named 2015 Finalist in Horror by Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition, and 2016 Finalist in Horror by the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS, the third novel in the series, was published in early 2016 and, in 2017, was named "Finalist in Thrillers" in the Book Excellence Awards and "Finalist in Horror/Suspense" in the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

In addition to the MATEGUAS books, in 2017, Linda published a new stand-alone novel, SUMMER GIRL, and a novella, SARAH & ZOEY, A STORY ABOUT THE POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

Today, she is working on a new series of gothic fiction, THE KATE POMEROY MYSTERIES, the first installment of which she hopes to publish in late 2018. Also, on her agenda will be to write the fourth installment in THE MATEGUAS SERIES.

Serious about dog welfare and rescue, all net proceeds from sales of THE MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES are donated to Linda's charitable trust, The Raison d'Etre Fund for Dogs, Dedicated to Rescue and Research.

Linda is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, The International Association of Crime Writers (N.A.), and the Authors Guild.

To take a look at her other works or communicate with her, please visit her website (, her blog where she posts book reviews and other features ( and/or her novel website, dedicated to the Mateguas Island Series (

Author's Website

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VickieC said...

i love reading a good book,and this one looks very good

Amy D said...

I put this on my reading list. It sounds awesome.

Donna Jacoby said...

This is on my reading list. Thank you for sharing!

molli said...

thanks, this looks great!

Richard Brandt said...

I appreciate a suspense novel with a slow build.

momo said...

I love a good spooky book to read, this Mategus Island book sounds like one that would be a great one for me to read.

LeAnn Harbert said...

This looks like a interesting book.

Karen Propes said...

My daughter would love this book, I like suspense stories, but she just loves them. I put on her reading list. Thanks for sharing.

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