Signet, May 2002, 6.99, 336 pp.
Once they were lovers but Janine Hartschorn left David Bairstow because her ex-boyfriend and the love of her life wanted her back. When she became pregnant with Spencer's child, he dumped her. The baby died and Janine almost did as well but she was a fighter and refused to go into the boat of Charon the Ferryman.
When David pays Janine a condolence call, the spark of passion and love reignites in both their hearts. They start going out together but they are both haunted by otherworldly manifestations. David is almost killed in a car accident and the driver of the car is a student who was killed more than a year ago. A stranger kills Spencer, who had been stalking Janine. THE FERRYMAN will not let anyone or anything to keep him from obtaining what he wants: Janine.
Once in a very long while, a horror novel will come along that is so believable and frightening that it will live on in the reader's mind forevermore. THE STAND and THE EXORCIST were such books and so too is THE FERRYMAN. Christopher Golden is a talented writer who makes the audience give credence to events in his novel as if they occurred in the real world.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner