Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Devil Walks in Mattingly Book Review

I have a good book I would love to tell you about called The Devil Walks in Mattingly written by Billy Coffey.
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.
This was a really awesome book to read because it had everything I like in a good mystery. Teenagers who do the wrong thing at the wrong time, pranksters, a playful game wrong seriously wrong and then there is the love story, even if it was hard to keep the secrets.

All three people were affected by this murder and only one of them really knows for sure what happened. I know back then things probably were a little more phobic than they are now and I would image that accidently kissing another boy who both were there because a girl engineered them there to play a trick on them, should have been cause to get upset and kill the other one, but hey, people are strange sometimes.

Then the shocker comes in the end and you won't want to miss this story! It even has a bit of the supernatural in there along with a ghost. It's got a spiritual side the whole thing and a moral dilemma that you will have to answer for yourself between what is right and wrong.

Happy Reading!