The Making of Gabriel Davenport (Book 1 of Gabriel Davenport Series) by Beverley Lee
Menacing dark fantasy and horror.
Beautifully written. A page-turning ending makes up for a plodding beginning.
In a house built on truth something lays hidden.
Beth and Stu Davenport moved to Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic childhood. But one night, their dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.
Years later, Gabriel goes looking for answers about his mysterious past. Soon, his life begins to unravel as he discovers that the people he loves and trusts most are harboring sinister secrets of their own. As the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago.
His choice: continue living a lie in blissful oblivion, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality. The darkness awaits.
As I wrote this review, I went back and forth from 3 to 4 stars, before finally settling where I did. The last twenty percent of Ms. Lee’s book is so page turning, it made me upgrade my original 3-star thoughts, built entirely around a plodding front half, to 4. Her fantastic style and character creation can’t be overlooked, and of course, an ending that couldn’t be put down.
Beverly Lee‘s style is beautiful. A flowing narrative was, at first, marred by too quickly changing perspectives from too many characters. This back and forth perspective can be great to build suspense, especially in a story such as this that borders on horror and thriller, but here I just found it frustrating. Often, I felt it unnecessary to see the story through a certain perspective, wishing I’d see it through another’s eyes to better build a sense of terror. Her casual building of characters was so well done, I felt this same philosophy could’ve been used for story as well.
Then, at roughly the 60% point, things really took off. The melding of two supernatural points was a fantastic twist I fully enjoyed. I wish we could have learned more from those who were set to research the hidden mysteries of things, but their use seemed only to create misery for those left standing. I’m leaving that opinion to fully form after reading book two, A Shining in the Shadows, though, now that I’m saying it out loud, maybe this unknown, this inability of those in the know to not know, was a cause for further terror in the story. I’ll leave that to the individual reader to decide (let me know what you think in the comments below!).
I’m definitely curious to know where Gabe’s story takes him, so book two of this series is already cued up. Hoping the preliminaries that took up so much of book one are taken care of, I trust this follow-up story will be much better paced. The ending of book one definitely showed that Beverley Lee is more than capable of this.
If you like vampires, supernatural things, and chilling tales, this book is for you. Just commit to getting through the beginning because the ending will not disappoint!
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