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Ravens Gathering

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  37 reviews
As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated sp ...more
Kindle Edition, 484 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by Graeme Cumming
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ravens Gathering starts off very steady with a dark and eerie feel to it. That darkness and eeriness continues through out.

Set in a small village you get that small community feel where everyone knows everyone’s business and strangers are not always welcomed. Through Ian’s arrival in the village we get to meet a lot of the residents as well as find out more about the area and the strange goings on with in it.

I have to admit it did feel like there was a bit of a struggle between genres in the sto
Joanne Robertson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For me, to get all the stars in my review ratings a book has to do one of two things -be totally unputdownable or to surprise the hell out of me!! Ravens Gathering has the enviable honour of doing BOTH of those things! I couldn’t put this book down! I read the first 40% in one sitting then life got in the way and I had to stop reading for a day but that first session really built up the tension for me. I have to say though that it left me wondering where on earth the author was going with the st ...more
Sue Vincent
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ravens Gathering caught my eye with both title and cover; a mystery suggested, merely hinting at dark overtones but with little to place the book immediately within a predictable genre. That set the tone, as the story is neither trite nor predictable.

I seldom read thrillers and am not attracted to modern tales of horror. This one, however, is listed largely under fantasy.
The book opens with images that will be recognised by any adult who had a nightmare as a child… then takes you into a differ
M.J. Mallon
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
My rating 4 stars.

This is a very ambitious first novel, and on the whole Graeme Cumming does a fantastic job, creating a novel which is both highly imaginative, and unusual in many respects. The dialogue is believable, as is the detail in the various innocuous, homely settings: the pub, the farms, and this close knit English village.

Ravens Gathering does a shape shift through several different genres, embracing fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, police procedural,
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book blind, by this I mean I didn't read the synopsis immediately prior to starting it so I was unsure what to expect. From a dark, eerie and very creepy start, it took me on a journey that I found myself very quickly wrapped up in.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed it as it crossed genres. A mix of suspense, family secrets a little fantasy and a sense of an underlying ominous sense of something nasty lurking around the edges.

Zoé-lee O'farrell
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That prologue and that opening chapter sent the chills straight down my spine and I just knew what a treat I would be in for. This book had it to a tee! It did flit between the supernatural and spine-tingly scares to disturbing and the dark to a crime mystery at times, so you need do need to concentrate on this book, but I found time just flew by as I was turning page after page.

The book is set in a village where everyone knows everyone and outsiders, well pack your bags and scaddle please you
Lucy Mitchell
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book feels like a horror / supernatural but I think it was crime fiction in places.

There was a lovely dark eerie feeling throughout and it made me uncomfortable (in a good way).

Telling the story via a number of different characters was very clever. The author played around with tension using this technique and it worked.

Loved the dark secrets buried within the characters and I never felt far away from evil.

Really enjoyable read!

This author needs to write crime fiction!
Dylan Hearn
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Ravens Gathering. Graeme Cumming captures perfectly life in a close-nit hamlet. When one of their own returns, strange things start to happen and it is the newcomer and outsiders that shoulder the blame, at least at first.

From the insular outlook, mistrust of outsiders and the ongoing friction between locals; everything has an air of authenticity about it. History weighs heavily on all, and it’s only during the second half of the book that you truly begin to understand why.

Adele Marie Marie
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Ravens Gathering. It`s village setting was brilliantly bang on reality. The opening was something we can all understand, having childhood nightmares. The twists and turns had me stop and think a few times, with a "Oh my god," whisper. When it all worked out it was a horrific thought that this was who the villain really was. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. ...more
Jill Goodwin
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“ And they lapsed into an uncomfortable silence, neither knowing what to say to the other. Neither knowing what they should do. Until the cawing began. It didn't last long, only a few seconds. But the sound tore through them like slashing blades. Terrified, they looked across at the ravens, in time to see them rise from their perches and, in the effortless way that birds do, soar above the trees, then wheel away and disappear from view.
For a few moments, they watched the treetops, waiting for t
Julie Morris
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel was unlike anything I’ve read before, although it had elements of other books and movies I have loved in the past. At the beginning it made me think of The Wicker Man, then there was a part that brought to mind The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (one of my favourite authors ever). There was another scene later that gave me a flashback to Straw Dogs, but at the same time this book is something completely unique.

I was totally gripped from the beginning, with intrigue, interest, but mos
Robbie Cheadle
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Martin Gates suffers from a recurring nightmare. In the dream his 8-year old self is awoken by the call of the drums. He follows the sound to a clearing in the woods in his home village where he is confronted by a horrific and traumatic sight. Unfortunately, Martin is never able to identify the source of his horror. He has experienced the dreams, on and off, throughout his life but recently they have become more and more frequent. Martin feels he is being called back to his home village.
Martin t
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly engaging and extremely well written mystery novel. We are introduced to a myriad of characters that all dwell within Raven's Gathering, a small "village" in the UK where the population is small and the closeness among the people begins to get downright awkward.

An estranged ex-village member, Martin Gates, returns to Raven's Gathering and things start to get weird. People are unruly attacking one another with harsh comments, animals and people are coming up hurt or killed, and th
Nicola Parkinson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that drew me to Graeme's book was the cover, it's rather eerie and totally fitting for this book!

When the birds descend you know nothing good is going to happen....and you'd be right. Ravens Gathering isn't my usual read but the blurb (and cover) grabbed me and it didn't let me go until I finished the very last page. Now make sure you set aside time to read this because you will NOT be putting it down, disconnect the phone, feed the family and then lock yourself away! Graeme pull
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Martin has returned home. Home to a place that is now very different. We don’t know why he left but get the feeling that it was under rather a cloud. On his return his father sends his brother over to the pub to make sure that they don’t give him a room for the night- they have told him that their house is already full. He comes across Tanya who has guest accomodation. They take a walk into the woods and see the ravens gathering- the name of the village. What does it mean? Peter working on the l ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I have to say that this book was quite a ride. After a fairly comfortable start, with clues about what was to come gently dropped and barely noticed, the entire book changed direction shortly after the halfway mark, everything became very uncomfortable indeed, and I found myself clinging on for dear life but totally committed to the story. So, what exactly was it? Yes, it is a thriller – undoubtedly it could be described as a psychological thriller if you close one eye and ignore a few other key ...more
P.A. Rudders
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although this book sets off at a rather sedate pace, right from the start the reader knows there's something a bit eerie and weird going on, and that beneath the seemly normal facade of everyday life, something more sinister is lurking just beneath the surface.

Set against the backdrop of Ravens Gathering, a village and small farming community in the north of England, the opening and early chapters set the scene for a gripping story of unanswered questions, family tensions, past suicides, and po
Gary Jefferies
I purchased this book through a blogging community where I occasionally feature author spotlights. Graeme’s band came up and I purchased the book with an intention to do just that for him. My caveat here is I don’t just do that for anyone. If the books not up to scratch then I tend not to run the spotlight. Besides I’d read it before approaching Graeme just to make sure it was something I wanted to do.

Ravens Gathering is a brilliant example of treading across genres with an explosion of tension
Bryan Pentelow
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review of ‘Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming.
Do you have any idea of what is the epitome of evil? What are the most disgusting and degrading things which one human can inflict on another?
In an insignificant backwater village in north Nottinghamshire, generations of shame bubble below the surface till the return of a prodigal son.
Will his presence bring release or destruction? Is he for good or evil? What will the clash between locals and incomers force to the surface and can his family accept
Christoph Fischer
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Ravens Gathering” by Graeme Cumming is a dark and creepy piece of horror and mystery writing. Setting off with an understated but ever present tension and sense of doom I felt exciting unease from the start, waiting for the inevitable to happen. Just what you want from a horror novel All the while the ravens are gathering, a threat that increases the element of suspense.
A stranger arrives and his presence serves to show us the deep undercurrents in the village, distrust, unease and friction and
Emily Crow
When I pick a book at random for my Bird Title Project, there's always a tense moment when I start reading. Will it be a decent read, or so awful I can't finish the first chapter? Luckily Ravens Gathering turned out to be quite good. It's a creepy story of strange happenings when the wandering Martin Gates returns to his village after years abroad. People seem to blame him for the slew of accidents and unrest that begin as soon as he shows up. The first 70% of the book is tense and disorienting ...more
Richard Mason
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, not my usual choice of genre to read, but after meeting the author recently felt inspired to give it a go and I really enjoyed it! I'll admit that I enjoyed the early parts of the book more than the latter but this is again down to it not being my genre. It is well written, easy to understand/keep pace with and the short chapters made me want to go for just one more! This could have easily been written by Stephen King, but it wasn't, so well done Graeme and keep up the good work! ...more
Ken And
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a new author Graeme Cumming has successfully achieved what most new authors don't - an enjoyable read. Ravens Gathering takes the reader through a series of small mysteries, all perfectly plausible, with well defined characters making the ending a beautifully crafted conclusion.
A book we recommend to others. We are waiting now for his next novel.
Alejandro Nicolez
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ravens Gathering is a well thought out and undertaken novel. It had me glued to it early on and my desire to see how it could possibly unfold kept me reading avidly. Without spoiling any of the surprise I shall merely say that this is an excellent first novel, full of interesting plot turns and I look forward to more from Graeme Cumming in the near future. Thank you Graeme for an excellent read.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ravens Gathering starts steady but introduced a few gory incidents that gets attention. The book slowly grabs and takes over leaving you guessing what is about to unfold but moves and changes making you want to keep reading. It doesn't prepare you for what actually unfolds in the later parts of the story! I really enjoyed this book and hope the next one is available soon. ...more
Jayne Mair
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must read book, from the first page I was drawn into this dark and mysterious story, I couldn't put the book down. some parts weren't my type of reading but it all came clear in the end. I have recommended this book to my friends. ...more
Charlotte Clement
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting....hard to put down, but being a mom I don't have a lot of spare time...but was half-way through and just couldn't stop after that. Loved the how the author kept you wanting to read more and more. LOVE THE BOOK!!! A must read
Linda  Branham Greenwell
It was a good story - Secrets - a town of secrets... and a gathering of Ravens
Emma Rowson
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ravens Gathering is definitely a thinker. It is absolutely not what I expected, and whilst it isn't the type of book I would normally pick up, I'm so pleased that I did as I really enjoyed it!
The story centres around the return of Martin Gates who has returned to his home village after fifteen years away, much to the horror of his family. His return coincides with a tragic accident and a strange gathering of ravens. As tensions rise and reach breaking point, villagers both new and old are drawn
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‘Ravens Gathering’ is the debut novel of Graeme Cumming and for the first time in a long while I don’t know what to say about a book.
I really liked it / loved it it, but at the same time I also thought about not finishing it now and then.
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Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied. Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost

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