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It was supposed to be a new beginning for Elaine Davis.

Returning to her childhood home in North Yorkshire, she hopes to move on from a devastating past and rebuild her life with the help of her mother and children.

Sometimes though, new beginnings in familiar surroundings can come with the stirrings of memories long forgotten.

As Elaine’s mind begins to unravel, discoveries

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Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published March 26th 2018 by DRF Publishing
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Kat
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The main character is skilfully brought to life by the author and the story hurtles along at breakneck speed to a breathtaking finish. It really is one of those books that ‘you can’t put down’ as you can’t wait to see what happens next. Although quite dark in places, there are some wonderful, almost comic interactions that lighten the mood along the way. There are many facets to this book, making it one of the most interesting reads I’ve had in a very long time. Really hope th ...more
E. Denise Billups
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, I’m stunned this is Mr. Blake’s debut novel. It seems he’s been writing psychological thrillers a while. In The Mother of All Things, Mr. Blake melds mystery, crime, suspense, drama, and action in a story seeping with dark paranoid tension that leaves you wondering about the main character’s mental state. Mr. Blake throws the reader immediately into the MC’s conflict as she wakes covered in blood with a dead man beside her, and no memory of how he got there, or whether she killed him. My ...more
Sterling Emmal
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabrial Blake is to writing as Vincent Van Gogh is to art—a master of his craft.

The Mother of All Things is a descriptive emotion-packed novel with a horror twist about a woman named Elaine who suffers from depression and other mental health conditions. In the beginning, Elaine lives with her cheating husband, Robert, and her three small children. After the loss of her oldest son, Charlie, to a brutal murderer, she devoices Robert and moves back home with her mother, but things are not always w
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Diana Febry
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a roller coaster of a read. I was a little confused for the first few chapters ( I often am! ). The book steadily developed into an intriguing psychological mystery. The author certainly knows how to drop in those teasing little snippets that draw you into the story and encourage you to read on. The climax of the story, out of the blue, was explosive veering more towards horror than thriller. The loose ends are then neatly tied up.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read and I'm going to foll
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Joanna Marta Pilatowicz
This journey of Elaine pulled me in. It proves an author’s ability to describe with a detail psychological process of a human nature, which I am also fascinated with. What is real, what is not when a mind cannot really differentiate that? Sane or crazy? It is a deeply touching story, scary at times but wanting to know what will happen next, I kept reading. Excellent writing and creating characters that who knows maybe are out there, living their life.
Gabriel Blake
Jun 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of psychological horror-thrillers and books by Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Stephen King.
I'm not rating this as it's my book, and that would be cheating. I had to read this novel for the sequel I am currently writing which will be called Godless Creatures.
Susan
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a Mother's Day present from my Daughter, Sterling Emmal, and it did not disappoint. I related to the main character Elaine because we were about the same age and we both have suffered depression and experienced troubled childhoods. I made the mistake of staying up late and reading it until the end, and it scared me half to death. It was totally off the chain! I highly recommend it.
Julia
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mother Of All Things by Gabriel Blake is a contemporary psychological horror suspense that completely drew me in. I have never read this genre before but was totally absorbed in the action.
The novel has the reader questioning, what is real? What is imagined? Who is telling the truth? And who is lying? There seems to be a fine line between reality and imagination. There were times when I believed the action was real, only to find I was wrong - or was I?
A mother's love knows no bounds. What le
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Rodney Strong
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The return home was supposed to be a fresh start for Elaine, after the abduction and murder of her child years earlier, and the subsequent break up of her marriage. She moves back into the family home and throws herself into rebuilding both the house, and her life. But going back is never easy, and Elaine finds herself facing demons, both past and present, in a fight for her very sanity.

The Mother of All Things is a very well written book, with complex and detailed characters, a plot that twist
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Dean Mayes
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absorbing, disturbing and kinetic thriller that balances a tight rope between a conventional whodunnit and a Gothic horror, Gabriel Blake commands this tome with a skilfull hand wherein you're never quite sure what state of existence the real world lies in. Elaine Bennett, Blake's tortured protagonist, is a fascinating character to observe as the events in the story unfold and the deepening psychological disturbances she endures that hint at a whole other subplot keep the reader engaged. Blak ...more
Sterling Emmal
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Blake is to writing as Vincent Van Gogh is to art—a master of his craft.
The Mother of All Things is a descriptive emotion-packed novel with a horror twist about a woman named Elaine who suffers from depression and other mental health conditions. In the beginning, Elaine lives with her cheating husband, Robert, and her three small children. After the loss of her oldest son, Charlie, to a brutal murderer, she devoices Robert and moves back home with her mother, but things are not always w
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Jodie Fowler
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant novel. The detailing in the description of the characters, places and dreams are breathtaking - almost like you’re watching the novel play out in front of your eyes rather than reading it. I honestly struggled to tear myself away from reading it once it really got started! I didn’t expect it to get as dark as it did but it really worked well with the little witty remarks and humour made by the main characters. I was definitely left wanting more after reading. I highly recommend. It’s ...more
Jodie Fowler
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant novel. The detailing in the description of the characters, places and dreams are breathtaking - almost like you’re watching the novel play out in front of your eyes rather than reading it. I honestly struggled to tear myself away from reading it once it really got started! I didn’t expect it to get as dark as it did but it really worked well with the little witty remarks and humour made by the main characters. I was definitely left wanting more after reading. I highly recommend. It’s ...more
teresa pogue
Wow! Elaine is all kinds of messed up. But is she crazy? That's the question you will keep asking yourself all through this book. I enjoyed reading this book so much that it beat another book out that I have to read for a deadline on a challenge. I couldn't help myself. It was impossible to put down! Thank you book gobbler and Gabriel Blake for letting me read this terrific thriller.
Tertia
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book for review purposes.
I give this book 3 and a 1/2 stars.
Very good for a debut novel to be honest.
The characters are believable and very human, just like you and me.
I sometimes doubted Elaine's sincerity, but as a main character she was well written.
Sometimes I got a little bit confused, with the very quick and unexpected change between characters, but not so much I couldn't follow.
Great turns and some twists!!
Enjoyed it very mu
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Kitiera Morey
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a surprising book, especially the ending (I love, love the conclusion to this novel). I had no clue where the narrative was going to go, which kept me super interested even though the beginning was a bit slow. The twists and turns were super effective.

I liked Elaine. She was extremely sympathetic without being pathetic. Though it wasn’t my favorite part of the novel (not because it was hard to follow), I understan
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K. Y.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What started so promising ended up being a disappointment. I was really hooked in the beginning - a young boy being abducted by a clown on a funfair whilst his mum has to witness everything from a ferris wheel... what a nightmare! All I wanted to know: what happened to the boy, why was he abducted? But unfortunately, the book ended in such an unbelievable mess - I couldn't take it and just skimmed through the last pages, missing what I initially wanted to find out - I assume it wasn't that relev ...more
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My preferred genre is psychological thrillers. I love all the plotting involved in creating a story with twists, turns, and jaw-dropping moments. Some would say my writing is aimed more toward horror-thriller. The kind of books Stephen King would write. Perhaps they are right as I do like to add a dash of horror and considering Mr. King was one of my inspirations to start writing it's quite possib ...more