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The Making of Gabriel Davenport

(Gabriel Davenport #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Something is waiting for its time to rise.

Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the sleepy English village of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic childhood. But one night a hidden, ancient darkness shatters their dream and changes their lives forever.

Years later, Gabriel searches for answers about his mysterious past. His life unravels as he discovers
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 2016 by Ink Raven Press (first published 2016)
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Making of Gabriel Davenport - Beverley Lee.
I first saw this around on Rods feed and then stalked Bevs instafeed which can I say is amazing 😉 so I went ahead and stuck this on the wish list and TBR pile on my kindle! .. I wish I just read this sooner! But was great to see in October reading it!
The story follows Gabe and his Mother and Father, living out in the country and enjoying new parenthood, Stu (Gabe’s Father) acquired a antique box from the local store which to Beth (Gab
Sadie Hartmann
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
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
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dont cry DONT CRY dont cry DonT Cry DOnt cry dont CRY

Review to come ❤
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
Becky Wright
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
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!! ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
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 building
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)!
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
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
Ruth Miranda
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't as much read this book as I devoured it. I honestly devoured this thing, and was hungry for more. I could hardly put it down, to the detriment of other books I was also reading at the time, and when I did put it down, it haunted my mind, I kept thinking of it, wanting to get back to it. Three days was all it took me to read it, and when I was done I was... broken, because I didn't have the sequel!! The mood of this entire book is right up my alley, reminding me of the sort of films I us ...more
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
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 ...more
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!!!

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!
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
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Innocence tasted sweeter when it could be gnawed upon."

I finished The Making of Gabriel Davenport earlier today & I loved it so much. This book seriously has everything. I'm not going to go into all of it so that I can leave you with some surprises, but just know that there's a lot more to this book than the synopsis lets on.

The Making of Gabriel Davenport has some very chilling scenes, and I can't believe this is Beverley's debut novel. The characters are so well done, and I enjoyed every mom
Caroline Noe
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth and Stu Davenport brought their baby son Gabriel to a country home, for a village upbringing in an increasingly urban world. What they find there is horror beyond measure.
Teenage Gabriel, raised in a mansion full of odd balls, must once again face the demonic predator that stalked him, so many years before. But his new family within those walls is far from ordinary.
I made the mistake of starting this book late at night. The first couple of chapters so creeped me out that I've read the rest
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
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
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
Tracy Robinson
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review soon-ish!
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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.
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