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May 22, 2014




Billy Coffey

For all who stumble forward by looking back.

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.
The Devil Walks in Mattingly 
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  •  (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401688225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401688226

  1. Virginia
  2. christian suspense fiction
  3. evil
  4. forgiveness
  5. grace
  6. guilt
  7. mattingly
  8. murder
  9. redemption
(from Litfuse)
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 
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. He says:I write about what I see and wrap a story around it, which often results in characters who realize stumbling through life is okay because it's still moving forward. That seems appropriate, I think. In the end we're all doing the best we can with what we have, smiling through the fear we face, and trying to find the beauty in life's sameness. So I watch and I listen, and what doesn't end up in a book will usually find its way to my blog, What I Learned Today.

The title gave me the feeling that this would be one of those books you only read with someone around. I love scary stories but for some reason the cover of the book kind of gave me chills for some reason.  This was definitely one I had to read.
I read that all of the author's stories are written with Mattingly, Virginia as the setting.  So that's where this book begins.  Mattingly on the surface appears to be a quiet, small town where nothing exciting happens.
The author takes you back 20 years when Philip McBride, a teenager died.  Now three citizens of Mattingly go about their daily lives but they have always been haunted by that day. The three know for a fact that Philip's death was not a suicide but a murder. Jake Barnett and his wife do good deeds, hoping that will make the shame of Philip's death better. The guilt is eating them up. One of the other three, Taylor Hathcock who became a recluse in the mountains, in his insane thinking believes it's time to bring the truth out.
The three can't come close to living a normal life.  It has affected everyone they are close to.  The three have nightmares, they see things that aren't there.  Will they bring the truth forth?
The author kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.  I never felt like putting the book down. The author's writing is almost poetic.  He uses a mix of first and third persons views.  His writing is so grounded.  He doesn't use a bunch of fancy words, bogging the reader down.  Just plain Virginia talk. The writing, I found to be so smooth, not choppy.  I just c couldn't get enough or read fast enough.  What a read!  The first chapter is titled THE END.  How intriguing.  What will happen to the three?  Will they find redemption or will Philip continue to haunt them in Mattingly?  

I would recommend this book to everyone.  A good haunting tale of death coming back to haunt the guilty.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE DEVIL WALKS IN MATTINGLY by Billy Coffey from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest view.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 SOLID STARS.

ACTS 26:8  Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and know the place for the first time.


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