It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.
friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could
live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's
eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when
he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very
wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in
new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but
he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna
saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favour.
That Anna. She's not an easy ghost to forget. She'll make sure of it herself. After the events of Anna Dressed in Blood Cas and his mother has settled in the town he moved to in the first book, even with plans of finishing high school there. With his friends. I know, *shock horror*, right? This is Cas we're talking about. Cas Lowood who didn't intend on making any friends at all.
Our Cas has changed a lot from the loner ghost hunting hero. He's attempting a semi-normal life, still with the odd ghost slaying but generally settling down in a town. But there's one thing he can't stop thinking about. Anna Korlov, the dead girl who is supposed to be gone. Or is she? As she continues to appear poor Cas is left wondering if ghosts can truly come back or if he is losing his mind. No-one else can see her and he's constantly told that ghosts cannot come back. But something is going on. His past continues to haunt him, questions are arising, and now he has to fix it. For himself and for Anna's spirit.
Anna's murderous ways are long gone but she still haunts the pages in disturbing scenes that terrorise Cas whether he's at school, work or home. Blake knows how to add the right amount of creepy ghost scenes that doesn't drown the whole novel, keeping the tension and snarky narration perfectly balanced. My favourite scene has to be the creepy Blink-like ghosts. (Look up Weeping Angels if you're not familiar with Doctor Who)
My new favourite Scooby Gang still work wonders. Carmel and Thomas get more development as they both chose their paths from the events of Anna. Of them is torn, struggling in their new double life and makes some tough decisions. But in the end it's the three of them. All for one and one for all!
A nice end to Anna and I'm satisfied for that to be it. Although I will miss the gang.