Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense

by Linda Watkins
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Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins

On a remote island off the coast of Maine, a troubled family is trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over. But unbeknownst to them, the property they have inherited is steeped in ancient magic - magic that could seek to destroy and devour them.

An arcane locked box, a strange and foreboding trail into the woods, a seductive young woman, and tales of a malevolent Indian spirit, are just some of the perils Karen Andersen must face in order to find a way to save her family.

A spine-tingling tale filled with passion, lies, and betrayal, Ms. Watkins debut novel, will have you sleeping with the lights on!

PRAISE FOR MATEGUAS ISLAND:

"Native American folklore blends with a tale of suspense and horror in the multifaceted Mateguas Island....Mateguas Island employs a device other authors (most notably Stephen King in his classic novel The Shining) have successfully used in placing danger both outside and within the family structure.... 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."
~Midwest Book Review

" ...a frightening read that only gains in intensity the further you dare to go."
~H. William Ruback, author of "the SHORT of it..."

"MATEGUAS ISLAND will draw you into its world, page after page. Read it tonight after the sun sets and darkness grips your home."
~Robert James Jackson, author of "Moon Strike"

"MATEGUAS ISLAND is a crisp story for a stormy night when the house is creaking, rain is rattling on the window panes and you just know Something is Out There."
~J. Scott Payne, author of "A Corporal No More."

"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."
~Steve LeBel, author of "Bernie and the Putty."

"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...One of the best I've read in this genre. It kept me up reading late into the night."
~Darlene Blasing, author of "Bargain Paradise"

"I was immediately transported to this rocky sea-side setting and the sense of isolation was conveyed easily. There is just enough suspense to keep the reader hooked...I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good page-turner to curl up with!"
~Melissa Miles, Melissa's Reviews

"Mateguas Island is a well written book!!...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!!"
~Barb's Review - Goodreads

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991055449
Publisher: Linda Watkins
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 1,302,326
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born in Norwich, Connecticut, author Linda Watkins moved to Michigan when she was four years old. After graduating from college, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a senior clinical financial analyst at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Now retired, Linda lives in Muskegon, Michigan.

Christina Delaine is an accomplished stage and voice actor, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre.

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Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into this story thinking it was a horror story. It was good mystery, it keep me wanting to finish it. The female character is spoiled brat, and there are times when you hate her. So far I think I am the first review, this book is a must read.
Bill_Nelson More than 1 year ago
Scary good! The Mateguas Island books are spellbinding. This is one of those times where saying much more in a review should be unnecessary. Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins is a fast paced supernatural journey told by an expert storyteller. She measures out the ingredients perfectly - haunting locations, characters who are more than quirky and dialogue that sounds as if we’re eavesdropping and supernatural elements blended into a story filled with drama. A series I hope will never end. Highly recommended. Five stars.
Michelle13 More than 1 year ago
Before you begin reading Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense, author Watkins entices readers into the story with a quote by Rachel Field: "If once you have slept on an island, You will never be quite the same." Having visited and slept on an island, I smiled at the quote and felt flush with wonderful memories. But I immediately snapped out of my languid state of mind, knowing a chilling tale was forming and this island setting would turn more nightmare than dreamy. With a backdrop of an enchanting yet remote island off the coast of Maine, Watkins begins this story of the Anderson family who uprooted due to job loss, to live in an inherited island home. Their marriage wasn't super solid to begin with, but once on the island things take a downward spiral. From Abenaki spirits to family secrets and fruition of legends, you become intensely worried about the well-being of Karen and Bill Anderson and their two daughters. All members of this dysfunctional family are keeping secrets from each other, building suspense, and causing me to close my Kindle twice. But I reopened, unable to stop reading. Watkins dramatically blends personal relationships and supernatural happenings, slowly generating tension that keeps us guessing and subtly horrified at the same time. Mateguas Island was the first thing on my mind this morning, and I called my friend to recommend it. I described it to her as a fast paced, unpredictable, chilling to the bone thriller. Much more than a mystery novel, Mateguas Island keeps you hanging by a thread to learn who will or will not survive. There is magic and Native American lore within, but MI has a plethora of evil and happenstance you won't quickly forget. All characters are remarkably fleshed out, and dynamics within the family are highly relatable. I was rooting for Karen Anderson from the get-go. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and my next read will be Return To Mateguas Island.
DMR1 More than 1 year ago
Mateguas Island is a novel full of suspense, betrayal, love, infatuation, and chilling Native American folklore that creepily becomes a reality in the lives of the characters--to change things forever. The plot and characters are well developed and very real, and the reader will have no choice but to be drawn into their strange and supernatural world. Anxious to continue the story in Return to Mateguas Island.
nolenreads More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The book's description sounded appealing to me, with desperate people needing to find a new life, a mysterious box, and Native American lore. I was not disappointed. The story opens with a couple and their twin daughters arriving by ferry on an island off the coast of Maine. I've been to Maine and have always been fascinated with stories set in that part of the country. Immediately the reader is made aware from the couple's actions and from other people's reactions to them that there is a lot of tension in the marriage. The chapters alternate between the Points of View of either Karen or Bill Anderson. This helps the reader understand just what lies at the bottom of their troubles. Enter the "other" woman, then enter the "other" man. It's a small island where everyone knows everyone else's business, which can turn a slight flirtation into a much larger thing. Rumors and gossip breed mistrust. Add to this the creepy goings-on in the woods. I'll remember this next time I'm petting an adorable bunny at the pet store! Yikes. The ending explodes with the mysterious and earthly. The screaming conflict between man and nature, and the traumatic conflict between people turned this into a well-told dramatic tale.
Jeff-Wallace More than 1 year ago
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. 
moongie More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! When Bill Anderson loses his job, he is forced to move his wife Karen and their twin daughters to Mateguas Island. Bill's aunt left him a home on the island, but Karen prefers city life and is not looking forward to the move. The novel starts off as the story of a family going through a huge life change. Once you've started to identify with this family and their strengths and weaknesses, the terror begins. The author brilliantly builds the tension of the plot. This is a fascinating mix of literary fiction and horror; I enjoyed the subtle creepiness of this story. Linda Watkins is a talented author who creates believable characters and fascinating plots and sub-plots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were three dimensional and true to life - far from perfect, but then what in real life is? Karen, spoiled and selfish, hates island life and Bill, her long-suffering husband, has a few issues of his own - mainly the island temptress, Maggie! Then, there's hunky Dex, the local fisherman - who could resist him? The tension and suspense builds slowly as the author weaves into the romantic mix, Native American legends and evil spirits. I won't give anything away here, but I can tell you that the last portion of the book is riveting - I could not put it down. This is a really good book and I can't wait for the sequel!
Ginnifer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mateguas Island is a 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 island off the coast of Maine. It’s preying on a vulnerable displaced Silicon Valley family. The author, Linda Watkins — who lived some years on a Maine island — skillfully draws the Andersons’ failing marriage. She also implants a cascade of questions in her readers’ minds . . . and takes her sweet tension-building time to provide the answers and the horror behind them. They’ve moved with their twin daughters to the island where the husband hopes to make a new start at a house he has inherited. But things just get worse. The wife finds a male confidant and her husband lets himself be seduced by a local gold-digger. Meanwhile, an unspeakable swamp hag has her own plans for the family. Watkins has crafted an exceptional tale.
Wynkyn1 More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristophFischer More than 1 year ago
"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.
AngieMartin_Author More than 1 year ago
“Mateguas Island” by Linda Watkins is a fantastic, suspenseful read. The book is filled with Native American lore and legend, and I found it absolutely fascinating how the author wove the tales in with tradition. The informational part of the book wasn’t cumbersome, but supplemented the plot incredibly well. The characters are well developed and relatable. Their evolution throughout the book is believable and I could understand every move they made, even if I was shouting at them not to do it! The book includes plenty of suspense, thrills, mystery, and even horror. I truly enjoyed every minute of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by 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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Mateguas Island is a horror/dark fantasy novel written by Linda Watkins. Karen and Bill Anderson are a California couple with eight-year-old twin daughters. Things were pretty bright for Bill, a rising Silicon Valley star, until a minor discretion with the boss's wife and the economic downturn made him the one to be laid off when his company downsized. When Bill hears that his Aunt Janie has left him her big, old house on Mateguas Island, Maine, along with a small cash inheritance, it seems like a gift from the gods. Karen is not at all that thrilled, however, as the island seems primitive and the amenities are nowhere near those she'd been accustomed to. Then there was the girls' teacher, Maggie, who seemed to have established an instant and intense connection with Bill. Also troubling are the old tales that the house is haunted, especially the woods behind it. Linda Watkins' supernatural thriller, Mateguas Island, is an exciting and suspenseful story rich in Native American mythology and folklore. There's a secret box that the girls find hidden underneath a floorboard in their room that holds strange papers, a bone knife, and other arcane objects. They decide to keep it as their own little secret to hold onto and decipher. Karen has her own adventures as she tries to adjust to life on the little island and discovers that her garden has some unusual properties and inhabitants, especially the rabbit that smiles at her. Bill's island fling is spooky, scary, and he seems more enmeshed in her snares than really involved with her. Add all these undercurrents of intrigue together and you get a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad there are 2 more books to continue the intrigue!
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I want more!
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