The weekend is nearly upon us! I’m looking forward to the chance to relax after a hectic week at work and finally get to my edits 🙂
The Making of Gabriel Davenport was one of my favourite reads this year and I am so pleased to be able to share it today 🙂
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.
A haunting book with a lyrical resonance that is at once eerie and beautiful, terrifying and profound!
After hearing only amazing reviews for this book, I knew I had to discover the magic of it for myself, and my goodness did it exceed any expectation that I had. The plot. The characters. The prose. The thematic impact! All of it was brilliant! ALL. OF. IT.
Before I get carried away with my emotions, let me try to properly express my love of this book.
The plot: A box that should not be opened. A darkness borne from history. A family that will never be the same. These initial elements lay the groundwork for a novel that stretches the early years of Gabriel’s life as he tries to discover the reason for his tragic past and comes to discover that which is haunting his existence. The plot unfolds with foreboding and growing intensity, leading to a number of unexpected twists of a supernatural nature, all of it leading to a gripping and rather gutting end that leaves one rather craving the sequel! It was difficult to put this book down and each sitting left me with an eerie sensation!
The characters: Gabriel Davenport is such a well-drawn character and insanely likeable as he seeks knowledge and understanding. The secondary characters are equally enchanting and I found it all too easy to get attached to them and suffered as they did. The Manor was one of my favourite parts, a house that groups supernaturally aware people, misfits of a sort. And don’t even get me started on Clove – no really don’t because then I’ll have to cry spoilers! What a cast, deftly written and realized!
The prose: This is a horror, a dark fantasy, and yet there is such beauty to be found in it. Reminiscent of Stephen King in many ways, Beverley vividly describes the world she’s created and does a stunning job of crafting sentences that steal your breath! A master storyteller who knows how to string words into sentences that connect into paragraphs and chapters that will not let you turn away.
The thematic impact: By this, I mean, the religious symbolism and questioning of faith, the clash between innocence and corruption, the bond of families and the call for sacrifice. All of these elements were so well interwoven into the plot and left me provoked to thought after each reading. There is nothing I delight more from in a book or movie, then a sense of being both entertained and thoughtful!
A true work of genius and a stunning debut to laud. I highly anticipate the sequel and can’t recommend this book any more! It will ensnare you!
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