Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: When it came out in English, I heard a lot of good things about this novel and I was happy to get into it. I also discovered that it was released in French, so it was a nice surprise.

When I saw the cover, I thought that the novel was about Anna, who would be the main character. But I was wrong. We discover Cas who, since the death of his father, has taken his place. Indeed, he has the gift to see ghosts and to be able to make them leave the world of the living. But he does not expect to find himself on Anna’s case. Anna is a young girl who was killed during prom night and rumors say that she killed many people. But Cas is determined to solve the problem!

This wasn’t really the novel I was expecting. It’s pretty young, but I had a pretty good time. I have to say I love ghost stories, so how could I resist it? Anna is quite touching and I was curious to see what our two heroes would become. Nothing will be easy!