"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." ~ Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"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…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY
"...a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for READERS' FAVORITE
FIRST PLACE (Contemporary Gothic), 2014 PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW
OUTSTANDING HORROR/SUSPENSE NOVEL, 2015 IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
2014 GOLD MEDAL in SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION
2014 HONORABLE MENTION in GENERAL FICTION, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.