The Devil Walks in Mattingly    -     By: Billy Coffey
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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1401688225
ISBN-13: 9781401688226
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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

Author Bio

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

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Twenty Year Old Secret, Redemption & Forgiveness
    April 8, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Billy Coffey in his new book "The Devil Walks In Mattingly" Book Two in the Mattingly series published by Thomas Nelson takes us back to the town of Mattingly.

    From the back cover: 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.

    Twenty years ago Philip McBride committed suicide. However that is not true he was actually murdered and three individuals have kept that a secret. The problem is there is a certain weight that go with the carrying of this kind of secret and, after twenty years, it is beginning to crush them. All three of them are trying to repent of their sin by their works and that is never going to accomplish anything. The only one who can forgive sin is God and it is going to take their repentance and His forgiveness to restore these three persons back to health. That is if they survive that long. Mr. Coffey does a superb job of making each character come alive so that we feel what they feel. This is a gripping story that will keep you flipping pages late into the night until you finish it. I recommend this book highly and look forward to a return to Mattingly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Haunting Tale of Reqrets, Secrets & Redemption
    April 8, 2014
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "The Devil Walks in Mattingly" encourages the reader to identify with key characters disillusioned by the crippling impact of the darkness of regret, the insecurity of self-doubt, and the struggle to move forward after the death of Philip Mc Bride.

    Author Billy Coffey left me with a lingering sense of reliving my own past shedding light on events, thought long forgotten, and their dramatic impact on my personal choices, core values, their limitations on my accomplishment and their inspiration leading to current successes, self-worth, and healthy relationships.

    Coffey writes with a n intensity and conviction that reaches deep into the heart, producing self-revelation, higher aspirations, a stronger sense of commitment to purpose, and a better understanding of God's grace, forgiveness, and redemption.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  3. The Happy Reader
    Columbia, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sin Over Faith
    April 2, 2014
    The Happy Reader
    Columbia, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I very much enjoyed this book. I can't explain why some books grab my attention better than others. Maybe it's the way the author writes. Maybe it's the story line or the content. Maybe it's a throw-away phrase on the backmatter that beckoned me. Or maybe it's all the above tightly woven into a complex novel that registers on a deeply emotional level.

    This isn't a book that should be read as quickly as possible. This is a deep, rich novel filled with nuggets of wisdom and truth that must be chewed on and thought about. Applied to our own lives. There is so much, so many lessons in this story, it's hard for me to put it all into one single review. This is a read-again, think-again type of novel. One that helps put the past into perspective and allows ourselves to reach out to God and ask for the forgiveness He so willingly offers. Especially when it's so difficult for us to forgive ourselves for our own heinous past.

    Have you ever heard someone say, "If I'd do anything in my life over, it'd be..." and out pours some past regrets of something they did or didn't do? Now, what if you had pulled a senseless prank on someone and had to live with the awful consequences for the rest of your life? Would you allow your regrets to consume you and change your future? Or would you know that choice rather than fate governs our lives and those actions are the ones that will define us for what we would become?

    Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone stumbles and falls. Bad things happen to good people. We all must live with the consequences of our actions; whether good or bad. Such is the case with Jake and Kate Barnett and Taylor Hathcock.

    I've read my fair share of scary books, but I am convinced the scariest antagonist of a novel is one who is more than insane (if that's possible) and believes all the evil acts he/she does is God's will and is the right thing. The ones who look like us but who have been pushed or bullied so much and treated so badly that they break into a million scattered, hurting pieces that can only hurt in retaliation. The pitiful ones. The saddest ones who make each of us stop and remember all the terrible things we said or did as kids to others who were a little different.

    "Am I good?"

    "There is none good. There is only grace. Mercy and forgiveness." <~ No truer words were ever spoken.

    Highly recommend.

    *My thanks to the publisher who provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts are my own and I was not required they be positive.*
  4. Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviews From A Man's Perspective
    March 29, 2014
    Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Do you remember the time you picked up a book by an author that you hadn't read? The queasiness and unease that you felt? Should you spend the money on the unknown author, or pick up the book by an author that you already know that you'll enjoy the book? Those were the feelings that I had after I requested this book. Come with me and let's peel the cover back together and find out if I made the right choice or not.

    Three lives forever changed by the death of one young man. Three lives searching for redemption but not expecting it to ever be extended to them. As they all struggle with the guilt that comes from this single event, things begin to take on a strange life of their own. Jake know what was happening but did nothing, his wife, Kate, shares his guilt over what has happened and Taylor is starting to come apart. As super-natural occurrences continue in Happy Hollow, the three of them have increasingly hard times figuring truth from fiction. Did one of them really kill Phillip? Will forgiveness be extended to any of them, do them even deserve it? Is the happenings real or is it just their guilt manifesting itself into reality? Don't keep your head up in the holler, go BUY THIS BOOK!!

    I will admit that this book was tough to get into and tough to follow. The writing style of the author is more poetic and rhythmic than I'm normally used to reading. The characters and descriptions provided are very detailed and specific. This tends to bog down my enjoyment as sometimes I think authors can provide too much information as they are establishing their story. The plot of "Thin Places" is a new one to me, so this book was interesting and not something that I have read before, so from that aspect this was new and kept me coming back for more. The mystery and supernatural elements are pretty obvious, but the Christian element is left in the background.

    Is this a "guy's book"? This book does not provide you with all of the normal mind-blowing, car-chasing suspense novels that I normally review on here. This is more of an allegory, but one that tells a great story if you can slow your pace down to fully enjoy what the author is trying to share with you.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Cindy Loven
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Scary book
    March 28, 2014
    Cindy Loven
    Oh my WORD! I am going to start out by saying I love mystery books, suspense and some thrillers even. However this book totally freaked me out. Gave me the heebie jeebies. That is a good thing. Now you think I have lost my mind, but truthfully, how often do you read a book, that you feel so much. I thought I would jump out of my skin in some sections of this book. Mercy me, I got through it though. Billy Coffey is a very talented author, and this may be the only book of his that I will ever read, not because he is bad, but I am not sure I can take the fright factor. OH my WORD!! 4 stars from this reviewer. Great book, scary stuff!

    This book was provided for review purposes only.
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