- Title: The Ferryman
- Author: Amy Neftzger
- Pages: 204
- Genre: Fantasy, Philosophy, Supernatural / Paranormal, Women’s Fiction
- Price: $2.99 (as of 10/26/2014)
Like any significant career move, this one happened by accident. Karen spent a lot of time planning what she was going to do with her life, but Fate had other plans for her, as she often does for most of us.
As a single mother who’s struggling to make ends meet, Karen stumbles into the worst job on earth: transporting souls into the afterlife. To make matters worse, she is contractually bound to continue the job indefinitely, and her difficult employer is none other than Fate. It doesn’t take long for Karen to learn that Fate may be fashionable, but she’s also heartless.
In bondage to Fate, but in love with Fortune, Karen struggles to find a way out.
Supernatural, scary and paranormal activities begin when Karen finds herself face-to-face with Fate after robbing a dead man’s grave. Karen’s theft indentures her to Fate as a ferrywo/man of lost souls. Can Karen help these ghosts cross over to the other side? Can she find a way out of her depressing contract?
The author did a fantastic job of personifying Fate and Fortune. Fate is a stylish, quick-witted and confident lady who is married to Fortune, a breathtakingly handsome yet childish chap. Her descriptions from the cemeteries and ghosts to mundane surroundings were well-written; it felt like you were right there in the midst of everything, smelling the wet, earthy dirt of the graves; the natural, slightly fishy scent of the lake; the downtown slum with the alcoholic ghost marinating in his own stink. This was an exciting read from the first paragraph and would be a wonderful adaptation into a TV series. While I’m stuck between rating it as a 4-4.5 star book, it’s still a definite must read for any Halloween lovers – I can’t wait to read more of Neftzger’s work!
- Sharp, clever and biting writing style leaves you breathless from beginning to end
- Personification of Fate and Fortune as wife and husband, including their respective roles in life/death
- Unique characters with complex personalities take you on an emotional rollercoaster
- Each chapter (called “episodes”) begins with spooky cemetery pictures & ends with a poignant thought or remark
- Kindle edition is single-spaced instead of double-spaced, making it read more like a physical book
- Couple of spelling errors but there weren’t enough to detract from the story
- Lacked description of strangers’ perceptions of Karen’s weird behavior (e.g. when Karen wraps her arm around a ghost’s neck, doesn’t that look weird to the people around her?)
- ”Karen studied the coffin she had just uncovered” (opening sentence)
- “’Even when you live a long life, it’s never long enough. You shouldn’t waste time on people who don’t make you happy’”
- “He seemed too nice to go anywhere else [i.e. hell], but Karen also understood that she didn’t know Scott’s whole story. It could be complicated. It usually was.”
- “Karen slammed her mug against the hard surface, misjudging the distance from her mouth to the table”
- “The only thing she knew for certain was that Fortune was what she wanted in life, and Fate was what she got. But she wasn’t sure if one was any better than the other.”