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

2014 GOLD MEDAL WINNER IN SUPERNATURAL FICTION, Readers' Favorite International Book Award Competition 


"The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY 

"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." 
~ D. Donovan, Senior Ebook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW 

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

"The plot is woven in best Gothic style, reminiscent of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe – magic spells and weird noises in the night, dark forests and evil spirits, storms and lightening and demons. But is this all in the imaginations of the characters?" ~ Dayfish, Amazon Customer 

"...a creeping slow-burn that deliberately ensnares you. A truly exceptional book." ~ Jim Goforth, author of "Plebs" 

"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." ~ Clarissa Simmens "Drabarni", Amazon Customer 

"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." ~ Jan Raymond, author of "Circle of Five" 

"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...had to turn on all the lights in my house." ~ Jennifer Loiske, author of "Black Diamond" 

"For anyone who enjoys true horror tinged with the occult, this story will be right up your alley." ~ Hunter Jones, author of "September Again" 

"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 

"Coming on like a classic and blending the finest elements of Amityville, 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." ~ M. Sockel, Amazon Customer 

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

"I promise you will not be able to put this book down." ~ R.L. Black, Amazon Customer 

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 06, 2014 – 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. Bill Andersen moves to the titular Maine island with his reluctant wife, Karen, and their eight-year-old twin daughters. The four of them find strange things around their house, including cave paintings in the cellar, a beautiful forest that transforms into a dismal marsh, and an old box containing a mysterious document. These elements are linked to an ancient curse that soon entangles them and threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Meanwhile, Karen and Bill wrestle with their faltering marriage and their respective attractions to islanders Dex and Maggie. The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates, though the twins are primarily vehicles for the exposition of clues. However, at times the horror seems like an afterthought, and the unquestioned use of conventional tropes particularly the dreary clich of the Native curse prevent the plot from truly taking off. (BookLife)

Customer Reviews

Materials Island

I am an avid reader . This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I can't believe there's a sequel. It reads like it was written by a 1950's housewife. It has a stand by your man philosophy even though the husband in the story is a serial cheater. The author makes excuses for his behavior which I found extremely annoying.

The wife is portrayed as a strong woman but she is anything but. She finds out about his cheating and doesn't kick him out because of the kids. Then he turns around and goes right back to cheating.

The Author should have spent more time on the Indian folklore portion of the story. At least that had potential.

I don't recommend this book.

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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 27, 2015
  • Publisher: Argon Press
  • Seller: Linda Watkins
  • Print Length: 364 Pages
  • Language: English
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