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a turtle’s eye view – the ferryman institute by colin gigl

disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via gallery books in exchange for an honest review.

charlie dawson is a legend. in his time with the ferryman institute he’s garnered a stellar reputation for success and everyone looks up to him. he has three problems, though. first, charlie is slowly losing his mind and his will to live. second, he’s received a presidential assignment giving him a choice: be a ferryman or save the girl. the girl in question is alice spiegel, who is seconds away from committing suicide. third, inspector javrouche. an internal affairs officer, javrouche is determined to bring charlie down for subversive behaviour. hold on tight because charlie’s going to save the girl. even if it kills him.

i adored the ferryman institute. i took my time reading it because i couldn’t face the prospect of it ending but, as books have a habit of doing whether i like it or not, it ended anyway. colin gigl writes incredibly lyrical sentences that build into beautiful paragraphs that alternated between making me feel incredibly happy and mercilessly ripping my heart out. gigl’s description of alice’s depression is poignant and heartbreaking without being cliched or overwrought. the very simplicity with which it’s offered it what makes it so gripping. several times i found myself crying for charlie dawson and wondering if my heart would be able to stand reading any more. of course, i had to read more and it was so very good.

seriously, you HAVE to read this book. and i hope gigl writes more. soon.

five out of five stars