Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping 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.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Everyone has been raving about this book so I figured I would read it. It is harold as an “awesome” YA ghost story so I went in with high expectations. How intriguing to be a ghost who was murdered and now haunts her old house – but Anna isn’t any ghost, she is a killer ghost who hates to kill.
This book did not disappoint. I have to say I loved it as much as I loved “The Shadowing: Hunted” – Anna is such a beautiful sounding girl who sincerely does not want to kill those who enters her house but is under a curse so has no choice.
Cas is a ghost banisher in that he “kills” ghosts who are a threat to people. It has been his job for as long as he can remember, as it was his father’s and his grandfather’s before him. His mother supports his need to banish the ghosts, picking up and traveling wherever Cas needs to go.
Cas and Anna seemed doomed to fight each other forever but find that they have too much in common to hurt the other. I loved the story buildup and their relationship which we all know is an impossible one but isn’t that often times the case?
Wonderful writing, superb character development and awesome detail make this book a wonderful read. I highly recommend it! I give Anna Dressed In Blood an A+