Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Review - The Devil Walks in Mattingly


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'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. 

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This is one of the most interesting and unusual books I've ever read! It's definitely a book that you have to think about all the way through, even to the end. I had a hard time putting the book down because it was so intriguing that I had to know what was going to happen next and how all the characters fit together. 

Jake and Kate are haunted by their pasts and their whole lives are lived trying to make up for what they believe they did wrong to Phillip. He haunts Jake's dreams and Kate keeps a notebook of good deeds she does for others hoping to wash her sins clean. Then we have Taylor - a man who believes he is the only one who truly sees and that everyone else is in a dream. He's a strange combination of evil and deceit. 

There are so many surprises, twists and turns in this story that it will keep you reading and questioning what's really happening. How do Jake, Kate and Taylor all bear responsibility for the death of Phillip? The ending will surprise you and the whole story will leave you thinking about the fact that only Jesus can give us the grace to cover our sins and give us the ability to go forward. It also shows how evil can truly take over a person's life if they allow it. More than anything, I felt this was a book that explored the fight of the principalities of the spirit world. The angels against the demons. 

It's a wonderful book but definitely not a book that you can just breeze through. It's a book that makes you think and keeps you wondering throughout. I loved this book and highly recommend it! It's a definite 5 out of 5 star book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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