The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee 5/5
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.
Thanks goes to the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
A priest, an eccentric rich man who takes in people with gifts, a baby saved from a malevolent being, and a mother with a snapped mind. As a baby, Gabriel Davenport was saved from a being of darkness that left his mother mentally unstable and his father dead. The priest who saved him did the only thing he could- took Gabriel and his mother to a long time friend and governer to all things supernatural. Now, teenage Gabriel and his dysfunctional family have to face the fact that evil cannot be so easily defeated. It is back and it wants Gabriel.
This book is written with such confidence and clarity that you feel pulled into the narrative from the very first page. Lee’s writing style is incredibly easy to read and flows from the page and into the reader’s imagination. From capturing the essence of relationships with such ease, to then creeping me out, Lee seems far from a debut author. It takes a lot to freak me out, but I know my face was a picture of ‘oh dear God’ on more than one occasion.
The supernatural, religion, and modern day life is interwoven in a believable, undoubting narrative, and the characters came across with such subtly that they jumped from the page. I was hooked from start to finish. An author to watch in the future.
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