Sometimes there’s nothing quite as inspiring as reading a damn good book. My reading list is always ridiculously high and I really don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. The problem is that half the time I find it too distracting from my own book, it’s hard to keep my work separate and make sure I’m not influenced by the author of another. But I fell in love with Anna Dressed in Blood the moment I saw it. The cover page alone was enough to bewitch me, then I happened to read a couple of really good reviews on it and it was swiftly added to my “to be read list”. On the weekend I saw it in a book shop, I couldn’t resist buying it—and it was everything I was looking for.
It’s actually a teen horror which is a genre I haven’t read before, that may have something to do with the fact that I’m so enthralled. I do have a bit of a dark side so if I hear that a book has the potential to scare me I’m sold, but most of the time I find the warnings are like empty promises. Not this time. Anna Dressed in Blood is about “a beautiful, murderous ghost entangled in curses and rage”, and a young ghost hunter who is determined to put her to rest. I’ll admit I haven’t finished the book yet but there have been several spine shivering moments, the sentences are beautifully crafted making the scenes play out like an Alfred Hitchcock movie, I can almost hear the sound-effects as the main character enters the haunted house.
“I’m staring up at Anna’s house again. The logical part of my brain tells me that it’s just a house. That it’s what’s inside that makes it horrifying, that makes it dangerous, that it can’t possibly be tilting toward me like it’s hunting me through the overgrowth of the weeds. It can’t possibly be trying to jerk free of its foundation and swallow me whole.”
The author Kendare Blake has done a fantastic job of making her protagonist completely badass but at the same time he remains somewhat vulnerable. Cas has plenty of attitude and you easily picture him as the cool guy you don’t want to mess with, and yet he still feels fear and has human doubts and insecurities, for me it makes his character all the more believable. You get lost in his world, feeling both the drive to keep others safe and the disturbing sense that he’s trapped in a life that will always keep him isolated. He’s a combination of the person you wish you could be and the true insufficiency we all try to hide. He’s completely likeable, easy to identify with and a big part of the book’s appeal.
If you ask me; this book has it all, it’s funny and sharp, the characters have many dimensions and the creep factor is high enough to make me cringe. If you don’t mind a few gruesome details—definitely give this book a go.