Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people—somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that’s as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie’s pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life—that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute—but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie’s not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it’s the first time he’s felt right in more than two hundred years.
When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie’s not about to lose the only living, breathing person he’s ever saved without a fight. He’s ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he’s willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.
Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor. @goodreads
Charlie Dawson has been a ferryman working for The Ferryman Institute for many years. He gets assignments from his manager and gets them set up from his navigator and off he goes with his special key. This key takes him to the person he needs to talk into going through their door once they are dead. It's a very heartbreaking job that Charlie has to do and he's the best the Institute has at completing.
Charlie is tired, very tired. He has tried to transfer out for years now but they keep turning him down. They just can't let their best man go. But geez, it's making him crazy. It's been over 200 years! But one day Charlie gets a letter from the president of the institute that says "Be a ferryman or save the girl."
Well this is a no brainer. How many times has Charlie wanted to save a life, too many to count. The woman he is going to save is Alice Spiegal. The way they meet is totally off the wall and crazy and funny.
I loved the character of Charlie and Alice, but I must say that Alice is my favorite character. She's a little OCD, okay, a lot OCD and other issues and she's funny and snarky. Oh, she can bring the snark. I want to add so many excerpts but I won't so it can be fresh to the reader!
When Charlie saves Alice it gives this jerk named Javrouche an excuse to come after him because it's against the law to do what Charlie did AND no one can find the letter from the president.
Needless to say there are all kinds of crazy stuff that goes down after this point. I loved most of the characters and the story line itself. The author has set the book up for a sequel if that is to be a plan for the future.
I think a lot of people will love Charlie and Alice and a few others as much as I did, they are one of a kind. That much is for sure :-)
*I would like to thank Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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