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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

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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.

Contributor(s) Billy Coffey
About the Contributor(s) 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 Mountains. Visit him at www.billycoffey.com. Facebook: billycoffeywriter Twitter: @billycoffey
ISBN-10 1401688225
ISBN-13 9781401688226
Release Date Mar 11, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.8000
Length 400
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

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Review by James Pate
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Jake Barnett is the sheriff in Mattingly, and his wife, Kate, does good deeds for the local poor. Both are racked with guilt because they feel responsible for the death of Phillip McBride twenty years earlier, back when they were in high school. As Jake and Kate attempt to cope with their guilt in their own ways, a variety of things are happening. Phillip is haunting Jake’s dreams. A mentally ill man named Taylor Hathcock is murdering and attempting to murder, with the conviction that life is a dream and he is benevolently waking people up. A young woman named Lisa, who reads philosophy and feels rejected, unloved, and sad about the death of her mother, becomes attracted to Taylor and begins to believe his rants. There is also a man named Justus, who shot at two people years before, and whom Jake and Kate do not want around their son, Zach.

The book really came alive to me after page 200. Before that point, I had a hard time getting into it, but I diligently read on. I am glad that I stuck with the book and got to see how its mysteries were explained and resolved. The book is about forgiveness, moving on with life, insecurity, fear, reconciliation, and love. Some of its theological reflections resonated with me, while others did not. The book is rather deep and thought-provoking, though.

Note: I received a complimentary review copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers (http://booklookbloggers.com/) book review bloggers program. The program does not require for my review to be positive, and my review reflects my honest reaction to the book. (Posted on 3/6/14)

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