“The Devil Walks in Mattingly”

Jake Barnett hasn’t slept in weeks. Phillip McBride, dead for 20 year, is haunting Jake’s dreams, threatening the fragile peace he has worked out in his life. His wife, Kate, fears for him while trying to put her own past behind her. Death is coming closer to both of them and to the town of Mattingly…can they put the past behind them and meet this threat or is the threat because of their pasts?
Billy Coffey paints a thoroughly intriguing story that blends supernatural thriller with Christian fiction in a story that will grab the reader from the very beginning and delivers a surprising ending. The characters are well-developed, a trait sometimes missing in suspense, and easy to become attached to. I don’t want to give any spoilers so I’m not going to say much about the plot except to say that it went in a direction I wasn’t prepared for. Overall, I’d give “The Devil Walks in Mattingly” a 4.5 for creativity, originality and good solidly written suspense. As an added bonus, this book would be appropriate for strong readers in the high school and upper middle school range. (It’s probably too violent for lower grades.)
This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

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