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.
"Coffey has a profound sense of Southern spirituality. His narrative moves the reader from . . . [a] false heaven to a terrible hell, then back again to a glorious grace." —Publishers Weekly
"The Devil Walks in Mattingly . . . recalls Flannery O'Conner with its glimpses of the grotesque and supernatural." —BookPage
|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
|Release Date||Mar 11, 2014|
- Review by Tammi
This is a great story that delves into people struggling with forgiveness. Not necessarily struggling to forgive, but struggling to accept God's forgiveness for their sins. Guilt over the last 20 years consumes Jake and Kate and they cannot forgive themselves or believe in the forgiveness offered by God. The story is really quite moving and many will be able to relate with some of their own past regrets.
This story easily earns 5 stars and I'm ready to devour In the heart of the Dark Wood. I highly recommend this book and author. (Posted on 8/20/2015)
- Review by James Pate
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 3/6/2014)