Anna Dressed in Blood is perhaps one of the creepiest books I've read so far this year. In case anyone's wondering, I did sleep well. Quite well. Although maybe I've jumped a few times while reading Anna Dressed in Blood, because it was that creepy.
Cas being a ghost hunter doesn't sound too scary, but he's not a typical ghost hunter. He hunts down ghosts harming innocent people and kills them himself before they cause more damage, all with an athame passed after his father's death. Anna Korlov, otherwise known as Anna Dressed in Blood, is his latest ghost, and perhaps his greatest challenge yet. At least until his past – the ghost that killed his father – comes after him as well.
What can I say about this book? I mean, making a ghost-shaped word cloud probably isn't going to cut it, right? Although I suppose it's probably creative.
I guess I can start out with what intrigued me to read Anna Dressed in Blood. It's not because of book club (though that was part of the reason) – I was intrigued by the concept of a character hunting down murderous ghosts instead of the other way around like it is in typical horror novels, whether it's by summoning or by said character's family moving into a haunted place.
Anna's a complex character based on how she died, and I'm not going to be giving that away since it's a spoiler! ^o^ For decades her house has been empty, aside from the occasional runaway or hiker who just wanted to sleep for night. None of them make it out because she murders them brutally. But Cas is the first person she's able to show her true side to – the side that doesn't want to murder anyone. Call me weird, but I did like how a kid poses a challenge for Cas. She throws him about her house like a ping pong ball every time he attempts to kill her.
The plot's with twists too. While everyone's busy worrying about Anna – and with good reason – no one realizes Cas's past has caught up with him as well until something happens and Anna proves she didn't do anything. But it's a good change when you realize the truth the exact same time the main character does.