Spooky Saturday is an original weekly post where I talk about books that will thrill and chill!
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.
This book gave me all sorts of chills and thrills when I read it in 2015. Anna definitely isn’t some timid, beautiful ghost- she’s got a grudge to settle. This is a classic spooky story- a haunted house, a curse, and some imagery that will get right under your skin.
I loved Cas. He’s what I imagine Dean Winchester would have been as a teenager… if he had a cool parent and a less annoying little brother. The romance between Cas and, uh, a certain other character was a little weird for me but who am I too judge what spirit, er, person a young man falls for.
I did read the sequel to this and while it has a lot of terrifying moments (think haunted forest), it didn’t quite capture that initial ‘scare the socks off me’ appeal.
Not as scary as King but it still holds its own.