Review: Ferryman by Claire McFall

InstagramCapture_694289f4-f9dd-4b23-94b8-b07f8b36bb78 1Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 realises 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?

Ferryman is a thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death. This stunning, award-winning debut novel is being reissued to coincide with the publication of the eagerly-anticipated sequel, Trespassers.

I received a copy from Kelpies Edge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:


The story follows Dylan, who is on her way to meet her father for the first time. During the journey to Aberdeen the train she is on crashes, who dies, though at the time doesn’t realise. Dylan wakes up on the train and makes her way through the tunnel thinking everyone else has already left the train, this is where Dylan meets Tristan, a Ferryman tasked with leading her across the wastelands full of Wraiths to the border where she can safely cross over to the afterlife.

Ferryman was originally published back in 2013, yet it still remains relatively unknown in the U.K., I honestly don’t know why. The concept drew me in instantly, It’s unlike anything I’d read before, I was eager to start reading it as soon as it came through the letterbox. I found it really interesting exploring the concept of death and the afterlife while throwing love into the mix. Ferryman is such a beautifully written story of love, Claire McFall creates a vivid image of the wastelands Dylan has to journey through. By the end I was on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what happens next. The character development is brilliantly written, especially with Tristan, who has become so cold and detached during the centuries ferrying souls,  watching him soften and that spark return. Dylan is a fascinating character to explore, how she deals with everything that is thrown her way. My favourite by far are the Wraiths, they’re terrifying!

I won’t say anymore  as I don’t want to spoil it. Overall I thought Ferryman was brilliant, it’s honestly a must read, I can’t recommend this book enough. I’m looking to reading the sequel, Tresspassers, which is published September 2017

Buy from: Waterstones Book Depository


Publication date: 27 July 2017

Published by: Kelpies Edge

Pages: 320

7 thoughts on “Review: Ferryman by Claire McFall”

  1. oh wow, this sounds like my kind of thing! I think I’ve read a book similar like death and trying to stay with him (can’t remember what) so I think I’ll have to read this! good post hun x


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