The Devil Walks in Mattingly – by Billy Coffey

the devil walks in mattingly


When I was younger I use to read a lot of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten away from them. I’d have to compare The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey with books written by my long-lost favorite authors.

The book took me a while to get into and the more I read the more bizarre it became. I couldn’t stop reading it even though it freaked me out a bit. I would love to check other books by Billy Coffey. He write’s a great story and really gets you involved in the book. if you like King or Koontz, I’d say check this one too!



 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.
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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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  1. I have a bookshelf full of Koontz and King, so I’m thinking I might enjoy this. Like you, it’s been a while since I read them, but I do love that genre.

  2. I still love King and Koontz, but don’t have the time to read much lately. I’ll definitely check this out… sounds like an intriguing read.

  3. Eek, it sounds kinda creepy! I loved some Stephen King books as a kid, but some were chilling, and I scare easily.

  4. I can’t read books like this without getting all creeped out! Maybe if I read them during the day with the sun shining bright through the windows, instead of at night when it’s dark and the house makes all those creaking noises, I could handle them, LOL!

  5. I haven’t read much fiction lately. I’ll have to check this book out.

  6. I have not read a scary book in years. Now I think I am a big baby.

  7. I’ve never been a Stephen King fan I like the YA fantasy books lately.

  8. I used to read Stephen King too! I’ll have to check out this author.

  9. My hubby really likes Stephen King books. I will have to tell him about this one – he gets in moods where he wants to read and will need some new books when the next one hits!

  10. Sounds like an interesting book.

  11. I seriously need to get reading…I feel like I’m missing out on a lot

  12. Oh that sounds kind of creepy! I’ll check it out