Book Reviews

Retribution (Falling Awake 4) by Kristoffer Gair

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-March-2024

Book Blurb

“Some people are so low, they gotta look up to see Hell.”

The death of Thomas Reis continues to ripple through the lives of those connected to his case fourteen years later. Andrew O’Donnell and Lawrence Boggs have already fallen, but three more pick up where the others left off, and each for his own reason.

One believes in justice, the second loyalty, and the third desperately seeks a reason to live. All three, however, share the same final end game; Retribution.

The hunt begins.


Book Review

“What it comes down to for me is I’d rather have to ask for forgiveness when I move on from this life than have to explain why I did nothing when I could have.” ~ Joe


As wrecked as I was emotionally when I finished the first three books in Kristoffer Gair’s ‘Falling Awake’ series, I also felt as if I needed more. ‘Retribution’ is that more. This is Joe, Roy, and Frank’s handling of the aftereffects of ‘Revenant’ when Lawrence and Andrew were murdered in Texas by some of the men who had tortured and killed Thomas fourteen years earlier. Thomas, who arrived in the next place, purgatory, whatever name you use for it, screaming as if his soul was being torn asunder. This book is for him.


Joe was the police captain and Roy worked for him in the Yarmouth Iowa police department when Thomas’s parents were killed, he was kidnapped, and then they found him. Or, what was left of him. They made a decision then to not tell their small-town residents the truth about what happened. It was 1958 and people shouldn’t have to fear the dark. It’s now 1972, Joe is retired and works cold cases, and Roy is the police captain. Joe is the one who put Andrew in touch with Lawrence and he’s the one who travels to Waco to look around and try to get some information. What he finds, and what he pieces together, returns him to his home, to Roy, and to Frank.


As much as I needed the final moments of Frank and Andrew in ‘Requiem’, I wanted him to get some justice, some retribution I guess, for having waited his whole life for his soulmate only to find him and then have him yanked away far too early. I understood this in a painful, and devastating way. The author came through and even though I know how Frank ended up, my heart still bleeds a little knowing how long he has to live without his Andrew by his side.


Justice is served in this story. Not one hundred percent, because the ultimate justice is dished up in ‘Requiem’, but there is enough here, along with some loose ends tied up, so that I am content with this series in a way that not many achieve. Thank you isn’t enough for this author. Kristoffer Gair has brought me some peace with issues I’ve struggled with and now I can let them go. This series is so worth reading and I cannot begin to recommend it enough.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 236 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-June-2021
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback
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