Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Devil Walks In Mattingly - Book Review

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.

Title – The Devil Walks In Mattingly
Author – Billy Coffey
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Date of publication – March, 2014
Number of pages – 400

* Thomas Nelson Publishing via Litfuse has provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “Devil Walks In Mattingly” to read in order to write my review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and uncompensated.*

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. To learn more about the author go HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

About The Book:
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.

Now the good stuff, MY review!
This was an excellent albeit dark book about redemption, sin, hatred, and love. The story showed the results of living a life behind the guise of a lie. Sin that is not repented for and given to God can harden and shape a life. A life of lies is not worth living because eventually the lie will fall away. Once the lie falls away a person has to face up to whatever spawned this lie.
This story was an interesting read. An entire town living in the clutches of sin and lies are about to embark on a journey that not all of them will survive. The story is told from the many different perspectives of the various town's people. The story got a little slow at times but then picked back up. I think the town's folk were very comfortable living in the lies that we tell ourselves to get through the days, the weeks, the years but when it is time to walk in the truth .. well...
You have to read the book!
This book kept me totally enthralled! On a scale of 1-10 I give this book solid 8! I enjoyed reading this book and would be very interested in reading other books by Billy Coffey.
To purchase this book go HERE.

Happy Reading!!

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