by Beverley Lee
“In a house built on truth something lays hidden.
Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic, rural childhood. But in a single evening, the Davenports’ dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.
Years later, Gabriel Davenport, now a capable, curious young man, makes the ill-fated decision to go looking for answers about his mysterious past. As soon as he begins his quest, his life becomes a place of shadows. The people he loves and trusts are acting abnormally. The strange woman who lives upstairs is even more haunted than usual. Even his most trusted friend seems to be hiding something.
As one fateful night deepens, and the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago. He is faced with a choice: continue living the life that was never his to begin with, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality more sinister than anything he’s ever known.
The darkness is watching.”
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 says a lot I think.
I love The Manor. It’s the perfect sanctuary (demons notwithstanding) and gawd, the things I’d do to search that vault and that library! They both sound like someone’s perfect happy place! It might be time to start a list of fictional places I’d love to visit, and put this one at the top… Not that Carver would let me.
The one thing I really didn’t expect was the supernatural twist. I knew there’d be a demon and something evil from the blurb, but I didn’t expect someone who could see the dead, or fudging vampires. Not the fake, sparkly kind. The dark, dangerous kind. I thought I knew who my favourites were until Clove walked in.
The characters are real and convincing, and I felt protective of Beth early on. Olivia is my favourite character. She’s a girl with a fascinating ability, who’s unapologetic, and who gets shit done!
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought it, but it wasn’t this and I can’t wait for the sequel. The Making of Gabriel Davenport ended in such a brilliant way, and I can’t recommend it enough!
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