Book review | Ferryman by Claire McFall


Author: Claire McFall

Genre: Romance, Paranormal Romance

No. of pages: 288

Published by: Pirates 

Published on: 1st January 2018

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Dylan has escaped a horrific train crash unscathed.

Except she hasn't.

The bleak landscape around her isn't Scotland. It's a wasteland haunted by wraiths searching for human souls.

And the stranger waiting for her isn't an ordinary boy.

Tristan is a Ferryman, tasked with transporting her soul safely to the afterlife, a journey he's made a thousand times before

Except this time, something's different.

Torn between love and destiny, Dylan realizes she can't let Tristan go, nor can she stay with him.

Eventually, inevitably, the wraiths would capture her soul and she would be lost forever.

Can true love overcome the boundaries of death?

On the way to visit her step-father, Dylan dies in a horrible train crash. Unaware of her sudden demise, she struggles herself off the train and the dark tunnel to find herself in the vast landscape of Scotland's hill. In the nearest hill, she notices a boy around her age. Thinking he's one of the survivors of the crash, and not finding a single other living person, follows him without a question. In a shocking revelation, she comes to know that she's actually dead, and the mysterious boy - Tristan - is her ferryman, and he is supposed to guide her soul across the Wastelands to the Beyond.

Fighting thousands of wailing wraiths who will grab every chance to snatch a soul, and their growing emotions for each other, will Tristan be able to guide Dylan across? What will happen to Tristan once he leaves Dylan? What will happen to their love?

About the book 
This book is a completely different take on paranormal romance. It was simple, sweet and everything nice. I loved every inch of Dylan's growing feelings for Tristan, and Tristan's growing fondness for Dylan. Their interactions, Tristan's dire need to protect Dylan, and the Dylan's not-giving-up attitude for Tristan has touched me. 

What couldn't touch me is the plot. As I mentioned earlier, it's simple. But it's too plain for my liking. For more than half of the book, it's just Dylan and Tristan crossing the wastelands, fighting wraiths and talking to each other. I would have liked something more revelling, something that would make me go 'woah'. The whole structure and background about this soul and afterlife concept in this book seemed pretty lazy to me.

Writing style
The narration of this book is very compelling. It hooks you right from the first page. I loved how the author explored Dylan's turmoils. The book was neither too descriptive nor concise. One thing I didn't like was the random switch in povs after paragraphs. It was quite confusing to understand. I would have preferred this switch in povs chapter-wise. 

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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