Book Review: The Devil Walks In Mattingly

book by billy coffey
The Devil Walks In Mattingly
Billy Coffey 

For three tortured people, secretly complicit in a young man's death redemption is their most precious desire and the last thing any of them expect to receive. It has been twenty years since Phillip McBride's body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But for two decades, three people have silently borne the horrible truth: Philip didn't kill himself that day, he was murdered. In the shadow of their hidden sin, each of the witnesses has withered. 

Jake Barnett Mattingly's sheriff spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be. His wife Kate, convinces herself that the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands.  High in the mountains Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear his madness fueled by burring hatred. But what has not been laid to rest is bound to rise again - Philip McBride has been haunting Jake's dreams auguring an imminent vengeful return. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from Happy Hollow, he believes his redemption is finally at hand. As Taylor's insane quest plunges the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness circumstances conspire to bring the three together for one final chance at redemption. Can a desperate thirst for forgiveness overcome a life time of shame and fear? 

Starting out this book seems like your typical murder mystery, similar to The Advent of Murder as well as well as Hands of Darkness but its not just about a man who died, and really that seems more like the back story. Its about people trying to live with their sin and seeking forgiveness a great fiction book to learn from. 

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