Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Win a Kindle HDX from @BillyCoffey in “The Devil Walks in Mattingly” Giveaway Through 4/5 & Review!

About the book: 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.

My review: This is a unique story which, unfortunately, I had a hard time liking.  It took a while to get into the story and it dragged for me.  I felt for the characters and wondered how they each could have killed Philip or if it was really something else, but I didn't feel particularly attached to any of them.  There's a lot of talk of faith, mostly a skewed version from Taylor, but what really threw me is there seems to be either a ghost or an angel, as one boy calls him.  It's not clear whether the boy is portrayed as right, but the Bible says humans don't become angels, so I wish it would have been clarified better in the story.  There is another unexplained supernatural occurrence that we don't get an explanation for and I don't like loose ends.  I did like the focus on forgiveness and telling the truth.  I liked the writing itself and if you like unique Southern fiction, you might want to check it out.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author: 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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Billy Coffey is celebrating his new book, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway.
  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 5th. Winner will be announced April  7th on Billy's blog. Watch Billy give the backstory of the book here.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Billy's blog on April 7th to see if you won.

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