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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Billy Coffey writes about real characters dealing with the not-so-pretty hand that life plays them as a result of unresolved tragic events in their pasts. Billy writes in such a way that it took me a while to embrace the characters and their story, and I would recommend reading this when you can set aside time to do so. That being said, make a point to set aside time to read it. Billy’s style is, as many have stated, lyrical and literary – it makes me think of deepening twilight, the sound of slow-moving water, and the cloying scent of Magnolia blossoms in the humid stillness as the story unfolds. There is a haunting darkness to this book, one that lingers even after the pages are read, mainly because the characters and circumstances and events come to life between his words. They don’t always do the right thing, and they don’t always fix their wrongs the right way, and they don’t always love the way they’re supposed to, or carry out justice the way it should be. But in that humanness comes the beauty of this story about redemption – how the hopeless find hope.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.
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