The Journeyman is the first book in The Commons trilogy. I think it fits very well into urban fantasy, though some may argue. I’ve read different books about a ‘shadow’ world in the after world of ghosts and this one was very well done with a few original twists of its own.
We meet the orphaned Paul Reid as he leaves the shelter he’s called home for the last several years. He’s 17 and planning on going out to California and never coming back. He uses most of his last few dollars to buy a bus ticket and meets Annie Brucker and her son Zach while waiting for the bus to arrive.
Boarding the bus, Paul chooses a seat near Annie and Zach and listens to Annie as she reads to her son. Periodically, they talk.