The Devil Walks in Mattingly
March 11, 2014
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For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man’s untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.
It has been twenty years since Philip McBride’s body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since—Philip didn’t kill himself that day. He was murdered.
Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly’s sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be. His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.
Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise again. Philip McBride has haunted Jake’s dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . between truth and lies.
Billy Coffey is an excellent story-teller in the southern style; I could imagine just
how each sentence was spoken. However, starting off this novel was difficult for me, but I diligently continued and found later on that I couldn’t put it down. The only thing I didn’t like about this was the different point of views; I prefer one or two point of views. This Novel is all about forgiveness, moving on with life, insecurity, fear, redemption, love and grace. It’s also packed with suspense, mystery and a bit of a supernatural edge. This is a must read for all who love a good mystery/suspense novel. I will definitely add Billy Coffey to my must be read list.
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