Friday, March 21, 2014

"The Devil Walks in Mattingly" by Billy Coffey

Philip McBride died twenty years ago, but that death has a horrifying secret. Three people know there is secret about his death that they have kept all these years. Is Philip really coming to haunt them now? Is one, or all of them, responsible for his murder? Will the riverbank in Happy Hollows give up its secrets?

Mattingly, VA is the setting of this haunting book. A young man died, supposedly a suicide, but three people have spent the last twenty years in agony over their knowledge of what happened. Each of the three feels responsible for the murder of Philip McBride. Jake is the Mattingly sheriff who should know better than to keep the information to himself. His wife, Kate, also knows the truth. Then there is Taylor who can't live with himself, the information, and other people. But something is happening, and dreams and footprints fuel their terror that Philip is coming back from the grave to get them. Is any of this real, or are they simply letting their guilt lead them? Did one, or all of them, really kill Philip? If so, who, and will they be caught? Is there any forgiveness to be found?

What a great book! This book will keep you glued to the pages until you find your answers. If you like suspense and mystery, this book is for you. I also think book groups would have some wonderful discussions around the topics (like guilt, fear, and forgiveness) presented here. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for participation in the blog tour.

Book Info

About the book: 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.

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About the Author: Billy Coffey's critically-acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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