Mateguas Island

Mateguas Island What could be 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 than just pristine beaches nestled between

  • Title: Mateguas Island
  • Author: LindaWatkins
  • ISBN: 9780991055456
  • Page: 407
  • Format: ebook
  • What could be 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 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 aWhat could be 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 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 colorAny who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW 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 2015 OUTSTANDING NOVEL IN HORROR SUSPENSE, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS2014 FIRST PLACE AWARD in CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC, PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER REVIEW2014 GOLD MEDAL WINNER, SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION2014 Honorable Mention in General Fiction, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.

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    1. LindaWatkins

      Linda Watkins currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine Born on the east coast, she grew up in a suburb of Detroit Upon graduation from college Carnegie Mellon, 70 , she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived and worked for most of her adult life In 2006, she packed up her belongings and, along with her 3 rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine.It was on this island that she wrote her first novel, MATEGUAS ISLAND and, since publication, the novel 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 AWARDSRETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND, the sequel, was awarded the 1st Place Award in Contempory Gothic in the 2015 CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW PARANORMAL AWARDS and was named 2016 Finalist in Horror by READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION.Today, Linda lives with her two aging rescue dogs Splatter and Spudley and is at work on a new stand alone novel, SUMMER GIRL, as well as the fourth novel in THE MATEGUAS ISLAND 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, and The International Association of Crime Writers.To take a look at her other works, please visit her personal website, lindawatkinsz For information about MATEGUAS ISLAND, please visit mateguasisland.

    354 thoughts on “Mateguas Island”

    1. 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' [...]


    2. 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 In [...]


    3. 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 has declined significantly if this is the 26th best Gothic novel of all time. Seriously??? The WORST book I have read this year.


    4. 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 themKaren and Bill ar [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 n [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, [...]


    15. 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 [...]


    16. *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 th [...]


    17. 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 [...]


    18. 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 [...]


    19. 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 climaxTEGUAS [...]


    20. 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 [...]


    21. 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 [...]


    22. 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 an [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. 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 [...]


    25. "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 [...]


    26. 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 par [...]


    27. 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 [...]


    28. 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 [...]


    29. 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. [...]


    30. 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 d [...]


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