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The Making of Gabriel Davenport (Volume 1) Paperback – April 1, 2016
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About the Author
Beverley Lee is a freelance writer currently residing in the south east of England. In thrall to the written word from an early age, especially the darker side of fiction, she believes that the very best story is the one you have to tell. Supporting fellow authors is also her passion and she is actively involved in social media writers’ groups. The Making of Gabriel Davenport is her debut novel.
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This is a debut novel and that is very hard to believe because this book was simply just, wow! I stayed up late into the night to finish this and now I can’t wait to start the next one!
The whole time I was reading this I thought about how great it would be to live in the manor. The whole atmosphere completely drew me in and the surrounding town and townsfolk seemed cozy and inviting.
If you are into the supernatural then you will for sure love this book!
My heart broke for Beth as Aka Maga came to her as a bird and used her. My heart broke for Olivia as she now has to deal with the loss of Ollie. My heart broke for Carver having to deal with Ella’s medical emergency and remaining the beloved leader of the manor.
And then there’s Clove. I had a great respect for him as he did what he could to keep the demon away from Gabe. I have always loved vampires (good and bad) and Clove was just perfect.
I feel like I can keep this spoiler free and still talk about how much I loved it. I think it's best to approach this book without knowing anything about it, and I sincerely recommend it not just to fans of horror, but anyone who appreciates a wonderful, well written, and atmospheric story.
There are some truly chilling scenes very early on, and Lee's writing is so vivid that you actually feel as if you are there with the characters. And the characters are so well written! It's really hard for me to pick a favorite. I mentioned this book on Instagram, and I said it was giving me serious Neil Gaiman vibes, and that's absolutely true throughout the entire novel. And this is a debut book! I've heard numerous people say that book 2 is even better, and while it's hard to imagine that, it makes me so excited to read it. Lee sets up the next book perfectly at the end, and it leaves you needing so many answers.
I also loved Lee's use of short chapters and her switching to multiple perspectives. This book is a serious page turner, and I read the second half well into the night because I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend The Making of Gabriel Davenport, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
This book is everything a spine-tingling ghost story should be. There are humans with preternatural abilities and supernatural beings galore. I love the concept of a boarding school that hones preternatural capabilities. I love that a vampire, after living for centuries as a rightfully distrusted figure, might just know what's best for all beings. I love the butterfly effect of the opening of a box. I love the nightmares I had of magpies while I was reading this book.
I did not love the cliff hanger I was slapped with at the end. I had no idea I was getting into a book with a sequel until I was ten pages from the ending and saw no feasible conclusion...
Beverly Lee, I can't wait for the release of the dang second book, which I am sure I will also love.
Other, less experienced authors try to do that and fail miserably. This was a true success. I also liked how Bev kept the chapters short. This story required a quick pace and it unraveled at the perfect speed-too quickly and the reader could be left confused or with a lot of unanswered questions-too slow and the reader would lose the urgency. Lee found the sweet spot, moving the story along just right.
But enough technical accolades- this story is fantastic! The mood is dark and brooding, the evil scary and threatening, the characters are real with real motivations and a sincerity that makes you care very much about what happens to them. The ending---WHOA! Let's just hope there is a sequel on the way and FAST! This is my new favorite thriller/horror. I loved it (as you can tell)
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