Charlie Dawson is a Ferryman. It's his job to help the recently-dead move on to the afterlife. In fact, he isn't just any Ferryman; he's the best in the Institute. But, being the best is starting to take a toll. The Institute won't let him transfer out, even though he's slowly losing his mind. Until one day he's given the opportunity: "Be a Ferryman or save the girl."
That girl just happens to be Alice Spiegel; and once he saves her, his world is about to turn upside down.
I can't remember the last time I read an adult fantasy story, and I absolutely LOVED The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl. Both the characters and the plot were incredibly unique and captivating. By the end of the first chapter, I was completely immersed in the world of the Ferryman Institute.
The premise of an organization contracted by Death to bring the recent-dead to the afterlife alone is so fascinating. But, add in some romantic interest and thrilling twists and you have yourself a great story. As I've mentioned before, I often cringe at stories with a romantic touch, but Gigl wove it in seamlessly - without too much fuss or cheese. Towards the middle, this fantasy book began to read like a thriller (which I definitely won't complain about). There were all kinds of twists and reveals that I didn't see coming.
Charlie, our Ferryman, is a mysterious and deep main character. Gigl hints at his complexities without giving too much away. Alice, our main gal, may be suicidal, but she can still see the humor in the odd situations she finds herself in. Also in the mix are a wise old Ferryman, a spiteful Inspector, and a feisty Ferryman Manager. Learning about the various characters was one of my favorite parts of the story - I only wish we got more of a background on each of them.
I found the Epilogue a little feel-good and overplayed, but it's not something that will ruin the novel for me. It definitely a nice set-up for a potential sequel.
You can find The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl in stores September 27, 2016.
*Thank you to Gallery Books and netGalley for sending me this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review*