My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
As always when diving head first into a brand new(to me) author, I didn’t know what to expect when reading The Devil Walks in Mattingly. Of course, the synopsis made it sound great, but would I end up loving it or wanting to close the book long before it was over? Luckily, it was the former! I enjoyed the way the author wrote, it just had a way of jumping right off the pages(you know, those things I couldn’t turn fast enough when reading the book). The story itself was fascinating. One of redemption, sorrow, heartache, truth, lies, and everything else under the sun.
There is also a distinct southern voice in the novel that made me particular enjoy it as I always love a nice southern flair in a book seeing as I am a bit of a southerner, myself.
At times, the story can turn a bit creepy but I think that just adds a layer of awesome to the story, myself! I would recommend this book for most readers in general. Like I already mentioned, it just sort of flows off the pages. The book is pretty long, but I never once felt bored or put off by it. Although, I wouldn’t call it a beach read. If you, however, are in the market for a really nice book that can almost instantly pull you in, The Devil Walks in Mattingly just might be that book!
*Although I received this book for review as part of this blog tour, this in no way affected my review or opinion.*
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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