I received a copy of The Devil Walks in Mattingly in exchange for this review. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
I am a sucker for a great suspense novel, and this one fits the bill perfectly. As a thriller, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, hooks you in immediately — right from the get go.
You know something strange is going on, and that a seriously terrible secret is being hidden, however Coffey keeps you guessing. He feeds you just enough information to leave you hungry and wanting more. He creatively lays out the story to keep you on the edge. I seriously LOVE this story!
You owe it to yourself to read The Devil Walks in Mattingly as well as Billy’s older books, and make sure to catch up with him on his blog What I Learned Today where he shares day to day truths with home town warmth and skill.
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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.
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.