Review: Gossamer Falls

  • Title:
    • Gossamer Falls
  • Author:
    • European P. Douglas
  • Release:
    • June 16, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Peter Kuhn

This review will contain minor spoilers for the novel Rampike by author European P. Douglas at the very end. Feel free to skip that, though it will help clarify what I’m trying to say with the rest of the review.

This review will be referencing another novel by the same author, Rampike, a supernatural thriller. I’ve searched on Google, Amazon, Goodreads, and Audible and I can’t find any surefire proof that these two novels are connected. However, there’s mention of a city and some events from Rampike that tell me they likely share a literary world. You need not have read Rampike for this story to make sense and I barely remember it. Had there been a hint of their connection, I’d have listened to this book much sooner so Rampike would be fresh on my mind.

Reading my review of Rampike, I found it incredibly slow. While numerous plot threads of Gossamer Falls are damn near identical to Rampike, I didn’t have that issue this time around. It was well-paced and interesting all the way through. A second note from my Rampike review is that I noted how it’s similar to the movies The Mist and Tremors. I didn’t make that connection while listening to Gossamer Falls, but it remains true for this story as well.

It’s really difficult for me to not constantly bring up Rampike in this review. Gossamer Falls feels like Rampike with a different coat of paint. It led to me being able to predict the ending, which did sap some of my enjoyment of it. Though it also has me wanting to listen to both books back to back and has me curious if there are other novels with a similar premise set in this literary universe.

The narrator is excellent. I recognized his voice from when I reviewed A Shaded Room by European P. Douglas. A big complaint of mine with Rampike was the narrator. So it was a breath of fresh air to hear a familiar voice and a great narrator to boot.

At some point in this novel, the characters mention a town named Mercy and a man-made of wood. I don’t remember the name of the town from Rampike, but the man-made of wood was 100% in Rampike. Which led to me finding absolutely nothing when I went searching if these two stories were connected. The plots are essentially mirrors of each other and those references to Rampike lead me to believe they’re standalone books set in the same world, but not being able to find any confirmation anywhere is annoying. As I find myself wishing to read more books set in this world. I find it fascinating and want to see how things unfold. The characters bring up a second city that was destroyed and I can’t help but wonder if it’s referencing another novel set in the world.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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