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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848779631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848779631
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...touching, often funny and sometimes harrowing...The 39 Steps crossed with The Lord of the Rings.' --The Guardian

Winner for the YA category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014 Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2013 --Scottish book trust - Branford Boase - Coventry Awards

'McFall's ability to imagine and create is unmatchable.' --The Guardian children's reader review on 'Bombmaker'

About the Author

Claire McFall's work is, in essence, all about first love and difficult decisions. Her novels take straightforward romantic narratives and hurl them into unusual and extreme settings, blurring accepted genre boundaries and creating new sub-genres of her own. She then charts her characters' reactions to these unfamiliar situations and the new and confusing feelings that beset them in a hyper-real, engaging, deeply poignant and literary manner. Claire is a teacher and lives in the Scottish Borders with her husband and she currently working on her next novel for Templar Fiction.


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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2013
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Dylan was travelling across Scotland to meet her father for the first time when the train she was on was involved in an accident. Regaining consciousness alone and in the dark tunnel she is terrified and can't work out why there are no rescue workers on hand to help her. When she finally stumbles out of the tunnel she finds herself completely alone on a Scottish hillside. That is until she spots Tristan, a teenage boy who seems to be waiting for her. But who is Tristan and where are all the other passengers? Why is Tristan so determined to get her to follow him and what kind of creatures could be making the terrifying noises she keeps hearing in the distance?

I wanted to read Ferryman from the moment I first heard about it, I was incredibly intrigued by the concept for the story and curious to see how it would play out. It's hard to say too much about the story because it would be easy to give things away but I found the world that Claire McFall has created was really interesting and I was kept hooked because I wanted to see how things would play out for Dylan and Tristan. The writing style is beautiful and descriptive but it took me a while to get used to the way the perspective would change from one paragraph to the next. It felt like I spent quite a lot of time backtracking as I tried to make sense of things and that did throw me out of the story more than once.

Although I found the world interesting I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of either of the main characters. I never really felt that we got to know Tristan well enough to understand Dylan's fascination with him, in the beginning he pretty much ignores her or is rude to her and although he opens up later on I just never felt that connected to the relationship between them.
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When Dylan sets off on a life-changing train journey, she has no idea of the dramatic turn of events which awaits her. Her subsequent voyage of discovery, love and loss takes her on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride as she crosses her own personal "wasteland". The book reaches a poignant, but satisfying conclusion when, against all the odds, Dylan makes it safely to her ultimate destination and destiny. This is a brilliant debut novel from a talented new writer. My only criticism lies with the publisher, who let a few too many proofing errors and typos slip through the net.
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This is the most unusual YA book I've ever read. The story is honest, full of fear, faith and love. The characters drag you along and for that reason it is an extremely hard book to put down - I read it in under 24hrs.
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I'm not sure what book the reviewer who claimed this was boring read, but it wasn't this one. It isn't a knock you over the head, action packed vampire fest...but rather a finely tuned and beautifully written approach to coming of age in a fantastic setting. It successfully raises questions about fate and eternity while at the same time detailing the emerging romance of two very believable characters. Not easy to achieve, but McFall does it. If you like quality writing and stories that move ordinary people through extraordinary circumstances, this is your book.
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As soon as I heard about this novel, I knew that it was one that I wanted to read. As a little back story, I love pretty much everything to do with ghosts, ghost hunting, reapers and the like, so a book like this instantly caught my attention. Then, I saw the cover and I was captured and instantly intrigued by the story all over again. I love how serene it seems, the use of space and colour and the vastness that it portrays. It is a stunning colour that just truly captures the story in its entirety. So when I finished the novel and found it to be an absolutely incredible story, I was just so glad that I took the opportunity to read it. It was the perfect book for me and one that actually had me tweeting; "That moment when you finish a book so incredible and delicate that you don't want it to end." It is one that has me struggling to find the right words to describe to do it the right justice.

I think the most inspiring thing about this book is the fact that the entire novel is surrounding only two characters. It is their journey that we see but there is literally very little interference from other characters and this could have caused the book to become boring very easy on but instead this just helped to make the book feel more intense and, when all was said and done, I still wasn't ready to let the characters go. The story itself was action-filled, with so many moments that get your heart-racing and your blood-pumping that you can't help but keep turning the pages to know exactly what will happen next. It is clear that Claire McFall knows how to create tension and she does so without the reader even realising that they're holding their breath until they let it all out when the danger has passed.
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Picked at random for a holiday read.. Omg never got to the holiday and was finished!! Very unusual book but thought provoking and sad and happy all at the same time... Will def seek our more books by this author. Maybe don't read this at bedtime if you have nightmares easily..
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