The Ferryman Book Summary and Study Guide

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Signet, May 2002, 6.99, 336 pp.
ISBN 0451205812

    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.
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    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.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the monster chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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