Review of The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee


The Making of Gabriel Davenport is the debut novel by British Author, Beverley Lee. If you like ghost, supernatural or fantasy stories, then this book is for you. I loved it.

It’s set in the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge. The story opens with the first hints of evil skittering about the Davenport home. A fierce snowstorm descends on the village, causing isolation and tearing apart the lives of the Davenport family. At this stage, Gabriel is a baby.

The next time we see Gabriel he is a teenager. He lives with his mother, Beth, in a house for the supernaturally gifted. Beth’s sacrifice to protest her child during the snowstorm has left her a haunted woman.

Beverley Lee weaves a fast-paced, wonderfully written story that escalates with tension and impending terror.

As well as Gabriel and Beth, I loved the patriarchal figure of Carver and the protective Noah. Yet every character is strongly developed by Beverly Lee. We see this as Lee adds the layers of tension through the eyes of the inhabitants of the house.

I turned the last page hoping there was more, but I know I have the next book in Gabriel’s life to look forward to.

I recommend this book as a great read, with a strong narrative and characters you will love, and a lurking, primal evil that will leave you wanting to know what happens next.