Book Review: The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

The magpie was the only bird that didn’t sing or comfort Jesus at the crucifixion. Some people are convinced that they’re cursed. The old myths say they carry a drop of the devil’s blood under their tongue.
  • Rating: 5
  • Published in: April 2016
  • Read in: February 2021

Book Review: The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

Beth and Stu Davenport move to the small English village of Meadowford Bridge to give their son, Gabriel, the perfect childhood. But one fateful night their world crumbles at the hands of an ancient darkness, and their lives are changed forever.

Years later, 15-year-old Gabriel is desperately searching for answers to what happened that mysterious night many years ago- the night that destroyed his family. As he digs deeper, he finds that those closest to him are hiding secrets, and as the darkness looms, Gabriel must give himself over to the sinister force that shattered his family all those years ago, or put his trust in a lesser evil.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a vampire novel, but I read a short story by Beverley Lee called “The Silence of Sarah Cross” in the charity anthology ‘We Are Wolves’ and immediately fell in love with her gorgeously Gothic words. So I had to read The Making of Gabriel Davenport and I’m so glad that I did. I adore this book and it has given me a thirst (yes, I went there) for more. Luckily for me, this is the first book in a 3-book series.

The Gothic imagery in this book is the stuff of my dreams. Beverley Lee describes the atmosphere and setting like the Gothic writers of old. The description was so vivid, it felt like the beautiful, bleak British weather was raging outside my own window.

I also loved the use of short chapters. It really built suspense and a sense of foreboding until the very end. The use of different POVs was masterfully done too. Multiple POVs is often considered an overdone trait and can be very confusing, with all characters kind of blurring into one, but that was not the case here. Every character had their own distinct voice and development, and I was invested in every one of them.

My only complaint is that life got in the way, so I couldn’t devour the book as quickly as I wanted to!

The Making of Gabriel Davenport was everything I love in a book and Beverley Lee is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. If you love vampires, the occult, and gorgeous, moody Gothic settings, this book is for you. Now excuse me while I go and buy books 2 and 3.

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