Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel

Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel

by Linda Watkins

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Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel by Linda Watkins

The body of a young girl. found floating in the icy waters of Scarborough Marsh...
Six men, over a span of thirty-five years, disappear without a trace...
And a harbinger of evil, so ancient it defies memory, surfaces on the rocky shores of Mateguas...
Journey, with Karen and her family, back to the mythos, passion, and magic, and join her as she seeks to finally lay to rest the .... GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS.

GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS is the third full-length novel in the award-winning, highly acclaimed, MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES.

"...a vivid and poetic read that beautifully channels modern supernatural melodrama ... Watkins plays to some deeply apparent strengths in this series, and Ghosts of Mateguas is another home-run of a title. Anyone looking for something different along the lines of Shirley Jackson or Stephen King, your prayers have been answered. Ghosts of Mateguas stands as a spellbinding exemplar of modern Gothic Americana." ~ SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW

From READERS FAVORITE editorial review: "Those who love stories with some touch of mystery will not be disappointed with this one. The story, for sure, will grip readers at different levels. First off, Watkins writes with moving simplicity, a kind of prose that tantalizes and is difficult to put down, because it rings with an eloquence that is akin to the spell of the ghosts sauntering along the rocky shores of Mateguas. It can be difficult to believe a story told about humans and ghosts, but when that story is told by Watkins, it becomes as convincing as it is real.

The setting is perfect for a tale that involves the herald of evil: the rocky shores, the eternity of the sea, the marshes... The story is fast paced; the suspense is so skillfully built into the story to have the reader turning the pages, and the characters are solid enough that any reader will care about what happens to them. One would say that Ghosts of Mateguas comes with a spell that makes the book impossible to put down. Beautifully written by a writer of a rare caliber." ~ Romuald Dzemo for READERS FAVORITE

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157740245
Publisher: Argon Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: Mateguas Island , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 899,677
File size: 991 KB

About the Author

Linda Watkins currently resides in Western Michigan and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine. She was born on the east coast, but 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 thirty years. Taking early retirement, she moved briefly to Oregon then to an unconnected island off the coast of Maine (Chebeague Island, ME).

She lived on Chebeague for seven years and it was there that she wrote her award-winning debut novel, MATEGUAS ISLAND. The island of Chebeague served as a model for the one depicted in MATEGUAS and, in fact, the house the Andersen family inherits was modeled on her 150-year-old home.

She moved back to Michigan in the summer of 2013 and, in 2014, both MATEGUAS ISLAND and its sequel RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND were published.

Since publication, MATEGUAS ISLAND has been the recipient of several major awards:

• 2014 Gold Medal in Supernatural Fiction, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION
• 2014 First Place Award in Contemporary Gothic, CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW, PARANORMAL AWARDS
• 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/Suspense, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

In addition, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND was awarded a 1st Place in Contemporary Gothic by Chanticleer Book Reviews, 2015 PARANORMAL AWARDS and was named 2015 Finalist in Horror by READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION.

Today, Linda lives with her three aging rescue dogs (Splatter, Spudley and Jasper) and is at work on a new novel, to be told in two parts, which she hopes to complete before the end of the year . 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.

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Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mellisa Mallory More than 1 year ago
I loved the trilogy perfect ending! Yes I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this trilogy
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Ghosts of Mateguas joins others in the Mateguas Island saga in providing the third novel in a series that excels in blending supernatural forces with a family's relationships and the lure of an island which has changed all their lives. Here the story continues (prior familiarity with the preceding books is recommended) with the "Puffin Man" (who is dating Susan), Karen Andersen (who wonders about the true origins of her infant son and his connection to Mateguas Island), and a family that returns to the island which served as a scene of terror in the past. The changes aren't over, yet: as each family member uncovers new challenges and horrors and a new body emerges to add to the previous roll call of carnage, it seems the lure of Mateguas Island is not only alive and well, but irresistible, once again holding the power to attract and change the lives of all who encounter it. Bill, Karen, Terri, and Dex's fates seem predetermined and unshakable - or are they? Amidst a series of events that winds around a terrible truth and requires its protagonists to make difficult choices, Ghosts of Mateguas offers a compelling saga of grief, guilt, and perseverance that deftly combines suspense with supernatural intrigue. Prior fans of the series, especially, will find the further interactions between the characters to be engrossing and satisfying, staying true to prior events while adding deeper insights and tension and intrigue to the mix and adding a dose of revelations and truths that draw together prior events in a satisfying new story just as well-crafted as its predecessors.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel is a supernatural suspense novel written by Linda Watkins. Dex Pierce and his wife, Karen, are getting ready to move back to Mateguas Island for the summer, along with their one-year-old son, Alex. Karen would really rather stay in Monterey, California; however, Dex's business interests are a major reason for their travel plans. Both Karen and Dex are worried about the fact that Karen's ex-husband, Bill, is living on the island. Bill is still suffering from the ordeal he endured when he was knocked unconscious and left for dead on uninhabited Puffin Island and his later stay as an amnesiac in a mental hospital. He’s obsessed with getting Karen to return to him and will stop at nothing to do so. Bill's never gotten over her leaving him, and the intensity of his emotions makes Dex nervous and suspicious of any interactions between his wife and her ex. Karen has other reasons to stay away from the rustic and beautiful island off the coast of Maine. There are powerful supernatural forces residing on Mateguas Island, and the strange golden flecks in her infant son's eyes have her wondering if he is The Blessed Boy. Linda Watkins' supernatural suspense novel, Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel, is dark, fast-paced and intense. This is the third book in Watkins' Mateguas Island series, and, while it can be read on its own, I strongly recommend that the reader begin with the first book in the series, Mateguas Island, to get the full impact of this powerful series. I enjoyed seeing how the author builds on her earlier works and keeps the energy and dread building. Karen continues to be a plausible main character whom the reader can't help but empathize with as she battles some extraordinary and terrifying dark forces, and tries to contend with her obsessed ex-husband and his unscrupulous reporter girlfriend who are each determined to assassinate Dex's character. There's a marvelous Native American influence at work throughout the story, as well as appearances by a local healer and midwife. I had a grand time reading Ghosts of Mateguas and hope the author decides to write a fourth book in this terrifying and suspenseful series. It’s most highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Ghosts of Mateguas is the third novel in the Mateguas Island series by Linda Watkins, a gripping story of a family in quest of redemption, a story of mortals and ghosts. In Scarborough, people have been disappearing over the years, with no one knowing what happened to them or where they went. When the corpse of a young girl is found on the waters, Karen knows it’s time to trace the mysterious killer. Will she and her family be able to tame the ancient ghosts of Mateguas this time and put them to rest, bringing peace to the land? Those who love stories with some touch of mystery will not be disappointed with this one. The story, for sure, will grip readers at different levels. First off, Watkins writes with moving simplicity, a kind of prose that tantalizes and is difficult to put down, because it rings with an eloquence that is akin to the spell of the ghosts sauntering along the rocky shores of Mateguas. It can be difficult to believe a story told about humans and ghosts, but when that story is told by Watkins, it becomes as convincing as it is real. The setting is perfect for a tale that involves the herald of evil: the rocky shores, the eternity of the sea, the marshes… The story is fast paced; the suspense is so skillfully built into the story to have the reader turning the pages, and the characters are solid enough that any reader will care about what happens to them. One would say that Ghosts of Mateguas comes with a spell that makes the book impossible to put down. Beautifully written by a writer of a rare caliber.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite Linda Watkins’ Ghosts of Mateguas is the third in the Mateguas Island series. While the stories are connected, they can be read as stand-alones. Later books provide sufficient back information so a new reader won't feel lost. This story heralds a return to the infamous Mateguas Island for Dexter Pierce, and for the shattered remnants of the Andersen family. Karen Andersen, now Karen Pierce, returns to the island for the summer, accompanied by her infant son and her husband, Dex. Her daughter, Terri, has also returned to the island to spend the summer with her beau, Shawn, and get hands-on experience with the fishing industry. Bill Andersen, Karen's ex-husband once presumed dead, had returned earlier, purchasing a home and renovating it. Each of these people has returned to the island they once called home for varying reasons. And each has secrets that weigh down the heart. Secrets that will tear them apart. Secrets that have left a few of them just a little off their heads. All of these events form a confluence that sets into motion a waking darkness on the island older than time itself. For much of this story, I was left wondering if the supernatural and preternatural occurrences were actual physical events, or were purely in the minds of the participants. To a degree, I found it to be both. A shuttered mind is unlikely to see that which it cannot comprehend, and an open mind can sometimes be too fertile. I found Ghosts of Mateguas to be a quick-paced psychological thriller/horror story. The various stories that made up the tapestry of the whole were equally engaging, and kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy books similar to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, be sure to check out the Mateguas Island books!