Review of Compulsion by Martina Boone


Title: Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island book 1)

Pages: 433

Favorite quote: “Love doesn’t come with an on-off switch. It’s made of too many threads of memory and hope and heartache that weave themselves into the very core of who you are.”


“Is there a reason you look like you want to murder me?” “Not particularly. You have that effect on people.”

Synopsis: All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

I don’t have a physical copy of this book as I borrowed the ebook from the library. I usually do that if I’m not sure how I’ll like the book and if I do, I’ll just pick up the hard copy to own. You may be thinking I didn’t like this book BUT I flew threw this book and didn’t get a chance to pick up a copy but don’t worry, I will! Now let’s get to the review…

Review: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thinking back, I have to say I really enjoyed this story. The plot was interesting and the writing captivated me enough to read it in almost one sitting. I didn’t give it a full 5 stars for the following reasons. There were a few occasions were the story slowed and seemed to focus on the setting/her surroundings more. It was sometimes difficult to keep past characters in check and remember the little details that were important later. It was also a bit hard to pinpoint the exact kind of paranormal genre (the families curse), was it Indian spirits or Voodoo? Both? The plot had a lot of potential I wish the author used for the ending, but to be honest overall I did enjoy it. It had a loveable love interest and the main character wasn’t annoying. It did start off tragic and I felt like I was experiencing the emotions along with the character. Martina Boone is a good writer, I could have done with a little less filler though. I did like the characters chemistry (they were made for each other let me be honest and the humor was good as well) and enjoyed how the author intertwined their family histories. The backstory was a nice twist to read about, although again tragic. A Southern vibe is definitely prominent in this book, although I wouldn’t say it was gothic. It wasn’t creepy for me. If you like paranormal, romance, southern tales, you’ll like this. I wouldn’t equate the story to a kind of Mara Dyer genre. You know, paranormal but sometimes reads like a contemporary? That. It’s a good story and worth checking out. I will be reading book two when it releases!

Have you read this? Do you have a good gothic recommendation? I’d love to know!



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