Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood hunts ghosts, hunting murderous spirits bent on repeating their last moments and taking the living with them. His next stop is Thunder Bay, Ontario, home to a ghost known as Anna Dressed in Blood, said to have murdered over 27 people who had come across her former home. Cas expected a challenge in Anna, but he didn’t expect her to be so strong and aware, or that she might need his help.

This is a fun, spooky read with a great narrator; Cas is snarky, genre-savvy, and even a bit noir. The ghosts are a bit over the top, although Anna is a surprisingly well-developed character. The horror comes not from the ghosts themselves, but more in the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Anna’s death is particularly disturbing in its realism.

Anna Dressed in Blood is an entertaining story with good characters, and makes a great read for Halloween.