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.
I have never read any of Billy Coffey's books, but I have read his blog and liked his writing. I had wanted to read one of his books for a while, but had never got around to it until this one was offered for review, so I of course requested it.
It took me a while to decide if I liked the book. It is weird, but a good weird. I would read it, then put it down and wonder if it was worth finishing. Then I hit a point in the book I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, and found it harder to put the book down. Eventually, I hit a point that I was so into the story, I determined to finish it that day, and I did.
Coffey has a very unique writing style, and that is what took me a while to get into the book. The book is not boring. It is just different. After I finished the book, I decided I did indeed like the book, the characters, plot, and setting.
The book deals with guilty consciences, and how three different people deal with something they were all a part of several years earlier. In the end, the truth is revealed that it is better to just face up to something when it happens, instead of trying to cover it up and ignore it.
There are couple of unexplained things in the book that are supernatural, and it did leave me wondering about them, but not so much that I felt like it ended badly.
I would recommend this book, and I liked it well enough that I would be interested in reading more from this 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.
Learn more about Billy at: http://billycoffey.com
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