Thoughtful, atmospheric and gripping,
Black Ice works flawlessly to deliver
a genuine page-turner.
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, an arcane– magic that could seek to destroy and devour them. An ancient 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.
Linda Watkins has one aim in her new novel, Mateguas Island. It’s to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and keep them that way until the very end of her book, which she achieves with admirable ease. Crafting a succinct and original plot, it isn’t a tale for the faint hearted and requires your full concentration to fully absorb the prevailing essence of evil that pervades within. With Watkins masterfully merging dark magic and Native American folklore to gripping effect, her characters are astutely conceptualised and always feel authentic in the face of the horrors they come to face. In the hands of a less capable writer it’s a tale that might have deteriorated into a trite and mawkish read, but Watkins ably manages to manifest the distressing nature of fear as she delivers an increasingly sinister sequence of events that are genuinely unsettling.
A spine-tingling tale filled with suspense and tension throughout, Mateguas Island is not a debut to be forgotten and certainly bodes well for future releases from author Linda Watkins. It is highly recommended!
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