The Ruin of Delicate Things
Barrington Hall is a place of secrets - something Dan Morgan has worked hard to forget. But when a heart-breaking loss brings him back to the place where he spent his childhood summers, Barrington Hall will do what it must to make him remember.Faye Morgan blames her husband for the death of their teenage son. She doesn’t want to leave the place Toby called home. But after she catches a glimpse of a strange boy in the midnight woods and learns of his connection with Barrington Hall, her need to learn more pulls her further and further into a nightmare world filled with past atrocities and the burning flame of revenge.A tale of grief and horror, The Ruin of Delicate Things explores how loss can leave a hole inside of us. A hole large enough for anything to crawl into.

The Ruin of Delicate Things Details

TitleThe Ruin of Delicate Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherInk Raven Press
ISBN-139780993549045
Rating
GenreHorror

The Ruin of Delicate Things Review

  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    January 1, 1970
    If you haven't read Beverley Lee's Gabriel Davenport Vampire Trilogy, you should remedy this post-haste! As soon as I heard that Lee was working on a tale of 'grief and horror', I was eager to get my hands on it. The Ruin of Delicate Things is an appropriate title and a good indicator of what's in store for readers. Dan Morgan, grief-stricken over a tragic loss, brings his heartsick wife, Faye to his childhood manor called Barrington Hall.Nestled in the woods, the cavernous Barrington Hall seems If you haven't read Beverley Lee's Gabriel Davenport Vampire Trilogy, you should remedy this post-haste! As soon as I heard that Lee was working on a tale of 'grief and horror', I was eager to get my hands on it. The Ruin of Delicate Things is an appropriate title and a good indicator of what's in store for readers. Dan Morgan, grief-stricken over a tragic loss, brings his heartsick wife, Faye to his childhood manor called Barrington Hall.Nestled in the woods, the cavernous Barrington Hall seems to enshroud the broken couple immediately. Lee expertly texturizes the couple's transition into their new lifestyle with foreboding darkness. The growing tension between Dan and Faye creates this separation that forces them to experience things individually, with only the reader seeing what is happening to them.Faye finds herself exploring the grounds and sees a strange boy fliting here and there. Dan struggles alone with repressed memories of his childhood.Along with these psychological horrors, Lee employs other ways to prey on her readers' fears.There are some seriously creepy moments.The first half of the book is a bit of a slow burn. Lee's writing is skilled and compelling enough to hang with some of the mundane, often repetitive scenes of dialog, descriptions of the house & grounds, etc. in order to paint the gothic setting and advance the character development. About halfway through, the actual horror elements begin to emerge, new characters add to the layers of mystery and danger; the pacing is much more, ALIVE.Reader discoveries are effective hooks to keep reading the next chapter and the next and the next.The ending is a veritable fever-dream of dark fantasy elements and full-stop horror.There are plenty of literary devices and surprises to keep the reader on their toes.It took some time for this story to finally get the engine to turn over and start purring, but once it did-this became utterly bewitching.March 21st, 2020: Just finished last night! I've been reading this on and off for about a month now, sandwiching Beverley's rich, atmospheric prose in between other, grittier (more raw) books. Readers looking for horror more like Shirley Jackson's style will love Lee's storytelling voice. Also, fans who would enjoy gothic, suspense-horror infused with elements of dark fantasy should bookmark this read.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    There's something about the author being a friend that gets you even more excited but also even more nervous to read their new work. I already knew Bev was extremely talented from reading The Gabriel Davenport trilogy but I still didn't expect the brilliance that is The Ruin of Delicate Things.Dan and Faye have lost their son and in that, their connection to each other. When Dan heads back to his childhood home at the bequeath of his aunt, he's also heading back to memories that had been buried There's something about the author being a friend that gets you even more excited but also even more nervous to read their new work. I already knew Bev was extremely talented from reading The Gabriel Davenport trilogy but I still didn't expect the brilliance that is The Ruin of Delicate Things.Dan and Faye have lost their son and in that, their connection to each other. When Dan heads back to his childhood home at the bequeath of his aunt, he's also heading back to memories that had been buried deep. With that, the story behind the strange happenings at Barrington Hall... and these things will creepy crawl their way straight to your inner being. *SHIVER*There's a LOT going on with this read - heartache, marriage issues, loss, history, fantasy, horror, thrills and chills. I can only imagine the various forms my face made as I went on their journey that spiraled into a goose pimply hell. Many a time did I physically shudder. Bev took her own fear of moths and incorporated that along with a number of other creatures that made my skin crawl.. A LOT. I felt SO MUCH for Corrigan and the story behind the story. Which way do I root? Well, the only way I could of course and you'll have to read this to figure it all out. I know I'll never think of certain creatures the same again. And I adored how the story played out with an ending that seemed extremely appropriate. I LOVE it when I finish a book with a smile on my face.A gothic atmospheric read with bits of fantasy horror that I wanted more of. Put this on your TBR.
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  • books1001
    January 1, 1970
    The Ruin of Delicate Things by - @thecon - Book Review.-First and foremost thank you to you Bev for sending me over an advanced reading copy, feeling super blessed!-The story follows Dan and Faye Morgan, married couple on the seek to heal their marriage after the tragic death of their only son.Dan receives news of his Aunts passing and the cottage from his childhood that has now come into his possession, thinking this would be perfect idyllic setting to heal the marriage wounds, Dan and Faye The Ruin of Delicate Things by - @thecon - Book Review.-First and foremost thank you to you Bev for sending me over an advanced reading copy, feeling super blessed!-The story follows Dan and Faye Morgan, married couple on the seek to heal their marriage after the tragic death of their only son.Dan receives news of his Aunts passing and the cottage from his childhood that has now come into his possession, thinking this would be perfect idyllic setting to heal the marriage wounds, Dan and Faye travel out to remote village in the woods to set down camp.-Upon arriving at the cottage Faye can feel an underlying presence around the cottage and in the woodlands on their doorstep! What past is Dan hiding from his childhood days spending time playing in the woods? And what is that thing hidden and locked up in the case in the living room held together by a knitting needle?-I don’t want to give anymore away other than you need to read this one guys, the atmospheric darkness that beholds you when reading is out of this world, every chapter more darkness trickles out! There’s tension, there’s horror and more than anything there’s emotional turmoil! - ABSOLUTE STUNNER!-WARNING THIS BOOK DOES CONTAIN SPIDERS 😂💀-An absolute perfect read of the highest writing standard, Bev really has knocked it out of the park with this one!-5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Ruth Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    Well, how do I start this? Beverley Lee is not a new author to me, and as an immense fan of her previous work, I was on tenterhooks to see what her dark, devious mind would come up with following the Gabriel Davenport Series. And boy, she did not let me down.This tale is dark, it is twisted, it is breathtaking. But it is also heartwrenching and so, so sad. It grabs you by the cavities of your heart and fills them what emotions one normally tends to keep at bay - who wants to wander through the Well, how do I start this? Beverley Lee is not a new author to me, and as an immense fan of her previous work, I was on tenterhooks to see what her dark, devious mind would come up with following the Gabriel Davenport Series. And boy, she did not let me down.This tale is dark, it is twisted, it is breathtaking. But it is also heartwrenching and so, so sad. It grabs you by the cavities of your heart and fills them what emotions one normally tends to keep at bay - who wants to wander through the lonely halls of loss? I know I don't, they're much too akin to Barrington Hall. I could not help feeling as one with Faye and Corrigan - similar experiences, different circumstances - and understanding how we often tend to substitute that which was the core of our life for something else that fills the void of loss. And loss is a terrible thing, it's got claws and feral fangs and it will change you into something unrecognisable, whether for good or bad. But worse than loss, fate is the thing that will doom. And this, dear friends, is a tale of fate, of karmic retribution, far more than one of loss. It is a tale that cautions us not to wander where we are warned to keep away from. A tale that warns us of the dangers of callousness and disrespect for others and what they hold dear. This is a cautionary tale that if you break sacred boundaries, retribution WILL come.Although there were bits and pieces I would have loved to see answered and/or expanded more on, I couldn't be happier for having had the chance to ARC read this book, as it is a more than worthy follow-up on the author's previous work. With a writing that still reminds me of Stephen King in the way the prose flows easily and enters us, Beverley Lee has definitely become my go-to where it comes to eerie, terrifying reads. Cannot wait to see what she does next!
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  • D Gillis
    January 1, 1970
    Faye and Dan Morgan retreat to a house in the woods where he spent his childhood summers in an attempt to escape the crushing loss of their son. Dan has no real memories of his time therehe is haunted and doesnt even know why. Beverley Lee does a wonderful job creating a sense of foreboding. Both Faye and Dan know something is off right from the start but this couple is so detached from each other that they dont compare notes. Their estrangement is not helped by the odd atmosphere both at the Faye and Dan Morgan retreat to a house in the woods where he spent his childhood summers in an attempt to escape the crushing loss of their son. Dan has no real memories of his time there—he is haunted and doesn’t even know why. Beverley Lee does a wonderful job creating a sense of foreboding. Both Faye and Dan know something is off right from the start but this couple is so detached from each other that they don’t compare notes. Their estrangement is not helped by the odd atmosphere both at the house, the small town and the surrounding woods. The story starts out slow but when it takes off I couldn’t put it down. I found myself literally holding my breath. The scenes featuring Barrington Hall are some of my favorites. I felt like I was right there, moving through the rooms, wanting to cover my eyes but needing know what happens next! I loved the gothic atmosphere. Lee has written a five-star read. Highly recommended!
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  • Alyson Rhodes
    January 1, 1970
    Beverley Lee is a new author to me and one I was delighted to discover. I was totally gripped and absorbed in this Gothic tale of a haunted house, a haunted man, a forest which hums with secrets and ghosts which cannot be laid to rest, whilst it is also an exploration of what grief and loss can do to a person and a marriage. The protagonist, Dan Morgan, inherits his aunt Lucinda's cottage in the woods where he spent his childhood summers (until something terrible happened - which somehow Dan Beverley Lee is a new author to me and one I was delighted to discover. I was totally gripped and absorbed in this Gothic tale of a haunted house, a haunted man, a forest which hums with secrets and ghosts which cannot be laid to rest, whilst it is also an exploration of what grief and loss can do to a person and a marriage. The protagonist, Dan Morgan, inherits his aunt Lucinda's cottage in the woods where he spent his childhood summers (until something terrible happened - which somehow Dan has forgotten); he and his wife, Faye, have lost their teen son in an accident and are grieving, and their marriage is fragmenting. I really felt for both Dan and Faye, they leap off the page as developed and real characters. Lee is very adept at hinting and laying clues to the strangeness of the cottage and the woods, with unnerving encounters with the locals. The story develops through several points of view, Dan and Faye, but also including a lost boy,Milo (a wonderful characterisation) and Corrigan- whose identity and history I will keep quiet about as it would spoil the story. Barrington Hall looms over the present day, with an evil macabre history which leaks into the fabric of the present day. This might fall under horror, but there is so much more to Lee's book than that. The ending is heartbreaking too The title is very clever and you need to read the book to get it. Please do, it's so worth it.
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  • Sarina Langer
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early(ish) version of Lee's newest dark tale, and I felt so fortunate when it landed in my inbox. I fell in love with her writing with The Making of Gabriel Davenport and couldn't wait to see what she'd done next!This story is everything the perfect horror needs to be. I'm a huge wimp, so I don't do well with stories that are outright horrifying or gory for the sake of being gory. It was Lee's first books that made me realise that I had the genre all wrong, and The Ruin of Delicate I read an early(ish) version of Lee's newest dark tale, and I felt so fortunate when it landed in my inbox. I fell in love with her writing with The Making of Gabriel Davenport and couldn't wait to see what she'd done next!This story is everything the perfect horror needs to be. I'm a huge wimp, so I don't do well with stories that are outright horrifying or gory for the sake of being gory. It was Lee's first books that made me realise that I had the genre all wrong, and The Ruin of Delicate Things proved to me again how much more horror is! This story broke my heart at the very beginning and at the very end, and it kept me delightfully disturbed throughout.Lee has a beautiful way of playing with shadows, and that talent seeps into every book by her I've read. She understands the fears that lurk in the dark and adds them to her books in a natural, non-forced way - they simply are, just like our fears of the dark.There are so many threads working together to make this story what it is, and when they all came together and things began to add up, I had chills.It doesn't have a happy ending, but it does have the perfect ending for this story - and as you might know, I love a book that doesn't force a happy ending on a book where it just doesn't fit!I'm so excited to see what Lee does next, and will pre-order whatever she conjures up.
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  • Therése Åström
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This was dark from start to finish. Elements I'm scared of: haunted houses, people showing themselves in mirrors, ghosts... and it was all present here. As well as the feeling of grief of losing a child, which is every parent's nightmare. I am glad I mostly read this on a sunny porch, I was sucked in but could at least leave by looking up!
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  • Tracy Edley
    January 1, 1970
    Wow fantastic, definitely the best book Ive read so far this year. A masterpiece. Wow fantastic, definitely the best book I’ve read so far this year. A masterpiece.
  • Elisha Belden
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping, suspenseful, and ultimately magical Beverlys novel, The Ruin of Delicate Things, shows you the effect one horrible person can have on the world around them. Its a novel you wont want to miss out on! Gripping, suspenseful, and ultimately magical — Beverly’s novel, The Ruin of Delicate Things, shows you the effect one horrible person can have on the world around them. It’s a novel you won’t want to miss out on!
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  • Becky Wright
    January 1, 1970
    What does horror mean to you?For me its subtle, creeping, that foreboding feeling that leaches up your spine threatening to choke you. A sensation that keeps you from sleeping, as you lay in the dark, long after the pages are closed. For me, these are the best horrors, ones that are tethered to your spine with sparking emotions rather than the graphic blood spatter of a slasher massacre. The Ruin of Delicate Things, from the very first chapter, reached into my soul grasping all those inner fears What does horror mean to you?For me its subtle, creeping, that foreboding feeling that leaches up your spine threatening to choke you. A sensation that keeps you from sleeping, as you lay in the dark, long after the pages are closed. For me, these are the best horrors, ones that are tethered to your spine with sparking emotions rather than the graphic blood spatter of a slasher massacre. The Ruin of Delicate Things, from the very first chapter, reached into my soul grasping all those inner fears both as a mother and human, those tiny buried terrors that haunt my nightmares, palpating them in a tightly gripped fist as I read page after page. It was easy to get lost within the chapters of Ruin as was getting lost within the walls of Barrington Hall. I never like to give too much away in a review, after all, you have the book blurb to read for the storyline. But what is important to say is that there are some very subtle details in these deftly composed lines, ones that you take in without realising, immersing you in the whole feel, atmosphere and history of its characters. Emotions run high in this book, from all its cast, from those we find an instant affinity with to those not so much, giving each a voice with true sentiments, fears and longings. And the dispute between good and evil rests on a shadowy divide from which you jump from side to side. Beverley Lee's writing in this, as with her previous book series (The Making of Gabriel Davenport) is eloquent, masterful and confident. This is an author who knows her strengths, who has honed her art with tools of sublime prose, authentic characters and intricate plots, all skilfully draped in a veil of horror. This should be on everyone’s reading list this year.Thanks goes to Beverley Lee for including me in her inner circle to beta read such a gem.
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  • M. Frances Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting read!!Beverley Lee raises the adrenalin bar to a new level with The Ruin of Delicate Things!!! Such beautiful characters you can relate to in many everyday ways. Suddenly you are in their mystical journey with a rush of excitement in each step. My favorite line from the book is "Terror is a drug as long as we hold the needle." This is a must read.
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  • Faith Rivens
    January 1, 1970
    Another haunting masterpiece from Beverley Lee! With every new offering, she proves herself to be a real Queen of Horror!As with her Gabriel Davenport series (which you should read immediately if you havent already), the Ruin of Delicate Things is a page turner, gripping you with its plot and characters and mesmerizing prose. From the go, Lee casts a spell over you, bringing to life a world steeped in a dark atmosphere.This narrative centres around Dan and Faye, a couple suffering a tragic loss Another haunting masterpiece from Beverley Lee! With every new offering, she proves herself to be a real Queen of Horror!As with her Gabriel Davenport series (which you should read immediately if you haven’t already), the Ruin of Delicate Things is a page turner, gripping you with its plot and characters and mesmerizing prose. From the go, Lee casts a spell over you, bringing to life a world steeped in a dark atmosphere.This narrative centres around Dan and Faye, a couple suffering a tragic loss and falling further apart because of it. Moving in a cottage Dan has inherited from his late aunt awakes monsters from the path as Barrington Hall calls them home.Beyond the plot itself, what really stands out in this book is character. Not only Dan and Faye with their layers of flaws and traumas, but the haunted figures seeking revenge and companionship. It’s not easy to do, but Lee pours heart into the horror and leaves you with chills not only from the eeriness of each scene but from emotional connection with those who know grief.Highly recommend this one!
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  • G.R. Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Deliciously dark I LOVED this book. What a brilliantly dark tale thats like a waking nightmare for the protagonist. The forest and Barrington Hall were gloriously creepy Such a unique plot, otherworldly yet interspersed with real life, relatable angst between spouses. A story that makes it impossible to not turn the next page Deliciously dark I LOVED this book. What a brilliantly dark tale that’s like a waking nightmare for the protagonist. The forest and Barrington Hall were gloriously creepy Such a unique plot, otherworldly yet interspersed with real life, relatable angst between spouses. A story that makes it impossible to not turn the next page
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  • Lisa Niblock
    January 1, 1970
    I was chosen by the powers that to be to read an early copy of this book and I have been waiting impatiently to hold a copy of the finished book and it came today!! Should we held accountable for for the sins of our younger selves? Dan is heading back to his Aunt's cottage after she leaves it to him. He remembers spending his summers there and as long as he was home for dinner he was left to his own devices running around the woods. But it is what is in the depths of those woods that he hasn't I was chosen by the powers that to be to read an early copy of this book and I have been waiting impatiently to hold a copy of the finished book and it came today!! Should we held accountable for for the sins of our younger selves? Dan is heading back to his Aunt's cottage after she leaves it to him. He remembers spending his summers there and as long as he was home for dinner he was left to his own devices running around the woods. But it is what is in the depths of those woods that he hasn't remembered and what he is about to come face to face with... with no warning. If you love a good gothic mystery you should pick this book up. If you have never read a gothic mystery horror type book, why not start with this one? Loved the characters, but the atmosphere of the story is what had me hooked!
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    We harvest our fear carefully. Always knowing we can switch on a light if the latest download crosses the line between sanitised scares and a dread that threatens to seep into our bones. Beverley has done it again. Her stunningly poetic words tug at your heartstrings despite the dark and tragic story unfolding before you. The loss of a child, a mothers grief and a fathers forgotten secrets set the stage for unprecedented atrocities in this beautifully dark tale. My love for the strange and “We harvest our fear carefully. Always knowing we can switch on a light if the latest download crosses the line between sanitised scares and a dread that threatens to seep into our bones.” Beverley has done it again. Her stunningly poetic words tug at your heartstrings despite the dark and tragic story unfolding before you. The loss of a child, a mother’s grief and a father’s forgotten secrets set the stage for unprecedented atrocities in this beautifully dark tale. My love for the strange and unusual was exceptionally satisfied with Lee’s collection of characters at Barrington Hall and I wholeheartedly request you to flip through the pages to see for yourself.
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  • Dana Fraedrich
    January 1, 1970
    Beverley Lee is one of my the few auto-read authors on my shelf--I will read anything she writes no matter what it is. Her writing is magnificent. She finds perfect balance in all things. I am not a horror fan in the least and I ate this book up. Its delightfully creepy (I had to assess each night whether I was brave enough to read in the dark) and full of history and secrets and revenge and spine-tingling thrills. If youre looking for a masterfully written story dripping with atmosphere, then I Beverley Lee is one of my the few auto-read authors on my shelf--I will read anything she writes no matter what it is. Her writing is magnificent. She finds perfect balance in all things. I am not a horror fan in the least and I ate this book up. It’s delightfully creepy (I had to assess each night whether I was brave enough to read in the dark) and full of history and secrets and revenge and spine-tingling thrills. If you’re looking for a masterfully written story dripping with atmosphere, then I highly recommend this one.
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  • Denise Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    I am blown away by Beverleys writing style! I didnt know a horror/haunted mansion story could be written with such poetic style. I highly recommend this book. I dont review or hand out 5stars very often. I am definitely a fan and will be reading everything she writes!!! I am blown away by Beverley’s writing style! I didn’t know a horror/haunted mansion story could be written with such poetic style. I highly recommend this book. I don’t review or hand out 5stars very often. I am definitely a fan and will be reading everything she writes!!!
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