Book Reviews

Revenant (Falling Awake 2) by Kristoffer Gair

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / Recent (1970s) / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-February-2024

Book Blurb

Andrew O’Donnell’s childhood friend, Thomas, was murdered when they were ten years old. Nightmares and guilt have plagued Andrew ever since. And he believes himself responsible for delivering Thomas into the very hands of the men who committed the atrocity.

Now, fourteen years later, Andrew is driven to uncover the mystery of what really happened to Thomas, the reason behind the brutal abduction, and whether the assailants—who were never caught—have set their sights on someone else.

Even the help of an unlikely ally may not be enough to stop the darkness, the threat of what it will do to them in this life…or the next.

Book Review

"The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand." ~ Rumi


Good versus evil. Reincarnation and battles that can take many lifetimes to have a victor. These are all elements in ‘Revenant’ the second book in Kristoffer Gair’s ‘Falling Awake’ series. These books must be read in order as too much information, and history, occur throughout. I was left breathless at the end and I owe the author a huge apology. I was afraid to read this book when it released. I had loved the novella that began the series, but too many things had happened in my own life, so the thought of becoming this emotionally vulnerable again frightened me. I shouldn’t have let my fears stop me as this is a journey worth taking.


Andrew is twenty-four years old, gay, and a government agent for the recently formed OSHA. He’s always been able to read people, to just know things, and for the most part he has always listened to his instincts. The one time he didn’t, when he was ten years old, his best friend Thomas was kidnapped and murdered. At that time in 1958, the police covered up the truth of what really happened to Thomas in order to protect their small town. But Andrew has always known there was more to the story, and he’s finally ready to get some answers. He just doesn’t truly realize where those are going to take him.


I was truly on the edge of my seat throughout this read and it didn’t take long to identify some of the clues I learned in ‘Falling Awake’. Many of the characters are here, unbeknownst to one another, helping and guiding, while trying to eliminate these bad souls from destroying a purely good one. Don’t think you understand what bad can mean, because these souls are darkness, through and through, their only desire to infect and turn a light-filled soul to their side. And their ways are heinous.


Andrew and Lawrence make a stand against these bad elements. Whether they win or not is up to you to discover as I’m not going to spoil anything. What I can say is that the author has brought to life a theory I’ve believed in for a long time, and has made it suspenseful and exciting in more ways than one. ‘Revenant’ is another step in the mystery these men are attempting to uncover and I look forward to more in the next installment.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 386 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-June-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
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