I have to start off by saying Bill Coffey has some of the most beautiful covers for his books! I absolutely love them. Not only do I love this cover for The Devil Walks in Mattingly, but if you haven’t seen his first, When Mockingbirds Sing, go check it out.
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.
I haven’t read his first book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this storyline. While I thought the storyline was very intriguing, once again I found myself lost in the style. It’s very lyrically written, shifting from the main character’s points of view and I don’t know if it’s my recent mood, but it moved along slowly for me.
I will say I loved the message and lesson from the book. All of the characters and their stories are excellent examples of how guilt will eat at people, holding onto to hate and the results of both of those. Have you had a chance to read any of Coffey’s work? I’d love to know what you think!
(Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the copy in exchange for my honest review)
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