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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!