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The Making of Gabriel Davenport (Gabriel Davenport #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  202 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
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 d
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 2016 by Ink Raven Press (first published 2016)
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Nils | nilsreviewsit
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
'it had dwelt in the shop window of the antique shop, forgotten and still. But waiting. Waiting for that one person who would catch sight of it, that one person who would admire the seasoned wood and the pure, ageless craftsmanship. It didn't choose that person; they made that choice on their own.'

Wow Bev, what a debut you have! The Making of Gabriel Davenport was absolutely stunning!

The story starts with Beth and Stu, a married couple who have moved into a new home, in a small village in Englan
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is a debut novel! Beverley Lee writes like she has done so her whole life. I was immediately drawn in by Bev's expert, detailed narrative. The thing that blew me away was how Bev could transition that narrative into different characters-everyone from a nursing, first time mother, to a 30ish year old priest, to a teenaged boy to ancient evils-everyone had a unique voice and I knew exactly who was speaking by the inner mind chat and dialogue.
Other, less experienced authors try
A. J.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece!
I highly recommend reading this book!
The fine craftsmanship of the book is simply brilliant.
The book truly carried me away and I was really sad when I had to stop reading and go to work.
The language is really beautiful and intelligent, the vocabulary is diverse; the blooming flowers of it all being small, pretty words that are not often used.
The characters have great personalities that connected with me. I had sympathy with all of them and truly wanted to know what ha
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“She dreamed in grey; the colour of misery.”

Beverly Lee has to be one of the most under-rated authors I’ve come across this year. Her debut novel oozes talent! This book grabbed hold of me from the very first sentence and didn’t let go, even after I turned the last page. Beverly created a deliciously creepy atmosphere, with amazing pathetic fallacy comparable to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It takes a lot to creep me out but the start of this book was genuinely chilling! The novel was perfectly
Anissa Papadakos
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book
Absolutely fantastic
if you like paranormal stories you will love this book
From start to finish i was at the edge of my seat and then blown away
it is a must read
Alex Rowe ----Captain Valour
Ok, I knew I was going to like this book because of all the hype I constantly heard about it, but I honestly didn't think I was gonna like it so much!! The book grasped me from the beginning and I kept flipping page after page not wanting to stop because I wanted to know what was gonna happen next!

The thriller portion of this book with it's supernatural beings was what drew me to the book at first (besides Bev herself, because she's fantastic). And I can say, it definitely didn't disappoint! Ha
Sandra Uv
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Me ha encantado. Si os gusta el terror y la mezcla de criaturas paranormales, este es vuestro libro^^

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Sarina Langer
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Making of Gabriel Davenport was not what I expected - in all the right ways!

The opening line alone was beautiful, and drew me in right away. It also got dark very quickly, and set the tone for the rest of the book. I wasn't even five (short) chapters into the story before I was fearing for Beth's life, and I still feel for everything that's gone so terribly wrong for her. While she wasn't one of the most active characters throughout the book she's one of my favourites, which I think says a l
Johann (jobis89)
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now I'm admittedly a slow reader at times and often other things in my life can take priority, but once I started this book I just could not put it down. The length of the chapters really helps the story flow so well and kept enticing me to carry on reading. The usual "just one more chapter" before sleep quickly escalated in numerous chapters.

The opening scenes of the book really creeped me out and I really regretted reading this before going to sleep one night (it was not a good night's sleep)!
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
From chapter one to the very end, this story kept me on the edge of my sit. It also kept me from turning the lights off at night. The authors writing was so engaging, and poetic. I need more of these characters. More of this world! Good thing I have book 2 waiting for me!!! Well done! Must read!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an excellent read!! I am so impressed with the writing, the storyline, and the characters....I can't wait to read the next installment!!
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
She sighed, a soft exhalation of breath, which misted the window for a moment. Then, it was gone. Sometimes, she wished that she could disappear as easily.

This was a brilliant debut! As a constant reader & a somewhat writer, I truly appreciate the details Beverley Lee has put into this story. I love when an author can transport the reader into the setting with such ease. I was enthralled with the atmosphere of this entire story from beginning to end! I could envision the landscapes, the buil
Beth Skye Denny
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this amazing book. Holy flying cats it was great! There is an underlying feeling of tingly fear throughout this entire book and I love it! Taken from multiple points of view, it's cohesive and understandable, you loose nothing of the story. Though the main character is mid teens, I'd still classify this novel as Adult Fiction. The story has a Stephen King type feel without seeming to copy him at all; a bit of an homage perhaps? I thought the story was very unique, highly original, ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo comencé sin expectativas, pensaba: una novela de terror romántico.

Las 50 primera páginas me dieron una buena guantá. En la que una familia se muda a la típica casa perdida, en un día de mucha tormenta el marido tiene que irse un día entero a trabajar, y la mujer se queda con su pequeñín aislada y solitaria. Se nos presenta una atmosfera agobiante sin poder salir por la nieva, sin cobertura y con la carga de un niño. Comienza una y otra vez a suceder cosas raras en la casa: en la planta de ar
G.R. Thomas
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant page turning dark fantasy by Beverley Lee. I learned quickly not to read it in the dark! The pace was perfect, the unveiling of characters excellent and the ending! Omg, it has left my thoroughly impatient for book 2 Exemplary debut novel for lovers of fantasy
Holly Ducarte
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4.5 Stars

Beverley Lee is a great writer. Her style is that of veteran novelists, so it’s crazy this is a debut book. I was immediately taken with Chapter One and it kept me plugged into the story. Bev writes those suspenseful scenes craftfully, and she knows her characters. Because of her attention to detail, I was anchored into the setting, I cared about the people in this book and the treacherous things that were befalling them. Oh man...and can she write a terrorizing foe. I’m not
A. Hunt
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you've read this book already, then you will recognize I have the wrong colored feathers falling, but this just worked so perfectly! If you have not read The Making of Gabriel Davenport and you're in to paranormal, supernatural thrillers, then you should get it when you take your next book budget for a ride. I can happily say, this book put me in mind of Alfred Hitchcock! There was something going on
So the story is about more than a young man. It's about a process and revenge. And maybe ev
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, horror
I really liked this story! From the very start author Lee had me captured in intrigue. I needed to know more with every chapter. I loved how I could connect with the characters. I seemed to have a little connection with every character in this book, well the living ones. My favorite character was Noah, a man of faith, however, he understood his flaws and understood others. He was relatable, he was not judgmental, even though he was a man of religion. In fact sometimes I felt he was the least jud ...more
Becky Wright
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
Beverley Lee’s craftsmanship is outstanding, as a debut novel it stands an equal amongst those crafted by ‘old masters’.

I only ever intended to tiptoe into a couple of chapters to get a taste, but I literally lost hours as rain lashed at my windows; so absorbed from the very first paragraph. I was snowed-in, cut-off, paralysed with fear, cradling little Gabriel, right there with Beth . . . terrified!

I refuse to give too much away, The Making of Gabriel Davenport drags you into a world a mix wit
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a taste for the supernatural. I grew up a very superstitious person and afraid of ghosts and demons, so naturally I gravitate to a good supernatural story, like this one.

This book was thrilling from front to back and filled with characters to love, hate, and be afraid of.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gabe and wished I could see more of him in the book.
Some characters I didn't like, such as the twins, and Carver. Maybe they took too much time away from Gabe, o
Annette Harris
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for this book... It was an easy, simple, refreshing yet very suspenseful read. I fell in love with the characters and I was glued to the words and the story. I can't wait for the sequel. Not to mention I read this story from a PDF file. I printed it out and read page by page really impressed at this new book... So glad it's available for everyone to read. Highly recommend his book.. I love Gabriel
Mandy Jackson-Beverly
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one hell of a delicious story! Beautifully written, succinct and yet drenched with vivid descriptions and real-to-life characters. Looking forward to re-reading "The Making of Gabriel Davenport," while I wait patiently for the talented Beverley Lee to give birth to volume 2!
Nicolette Elzie
Mar 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
LOOK AT THE COVER!!! It's so beautiful, it's simple and it promises so much!

And the synopsis!!!! *dies* Oh, I can tell, the feels are coming. They'll hit hard. I just know it!

I must have this book. Like NOW!!!

Martin McConnell
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story, interesting characters. An excellent book for anyone.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life has been chaotic recently, but this book deserves a review because I enjoyed it immensely. Right from the very beginning, Lee had me hooked.

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 wr
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Making of Gabriel Davenport is a great horror story that ticks all the right boxes - a sinister demon, a priest, a paranormal research group, and a vampire that is predator-ish in all the best ways that vampires are! I really enjoyed reading this book! It definitely evoked shades of Anne Rice for me - the Manor, for example, reminds me of the Talamasca from The Queen of the Damned, which is one of my all-time favourite Anne Rice books. Aside from Gabriel, who is of course the protagonist, al ...more
Oliver Clarke
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really entertaining supernatural fantasy/horror novel, the combination of young protagonists, vampires, demons and a rural English setting making it read a little like Phil Rickman doing Buffy. The action moves along at a good pace and there are some nicely creepy moments. It never gets out and and out scary, playing more to the dark fantasy side of things, with supernatural characters as sympathetic as the human ones at times.
It definitely feels like the first book in a series, settin
Book Gala
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Making of Gabriel Davenport starts off strong; I'll give it that. It hooked me from the beginning and had all the right elements, including a genuinely creepy atmosphere and excellent writing. The first sentence is "She dreamed in grey, the colour of misery." I mean, how could a book that starts off like that be bad? I couldn't wait to read what came next. It didn't pack quite as much punch in the middle of the book, in what should have been the best part. There was an element that was entir ...more
Café de Tinta
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No suelo leer terror, pero esta novela ha conectado conmigo desde el principio. La historia me ha gustado mucho, sus personajes e incluso el final de la historia, por lo inesperado!
Jenny Haggerty
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Well. I didn't see that coming! Excellent! I love this book.
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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 and A Shining in the ...more
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“Now the woman, she was another story. Her instinct was strong. She had sensed the darkness. But she was curious. Afraid. Soon she would return, because she had to. All she had to do was lift the lid. It would dispose of her in a little while. Once night had fallen. All it wanted was the child.” 5 likes
“With trembling legs, Beth forced herself to stand. The smoke rose, spreading in a slow, measured ebb and flow. It looked like it was breathing. She was beyond fear now, trapped in that primeval place of fight or flight. She” 5 likes
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