‘Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.’ (Goodreads) (316 pages, 17th October 2011, Tor Teen)
This book was so not what I expected, but in a good way. In the beginning I had a hard time getting in the story, but from the moment Cas met Anna the story picked up and I was really enjoying the story.
I do kind of feel that the entire connection between Cas and Anna was a little bit quick and it just felt so unreal to me. I’m not going into spoilers, but you just have to read it to understand what I mean.
I did like Kendare Blake her writing style and her ghosts felt real to me and I could totally picture them for me. This helped me to get in this story and that’s also the part I most enjoyed about this story.
4 out of 5 stars, because I like me some scary ghosts.