Summary: 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.
His 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 love with.
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.
Cas 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 favor.
Source: I borrowed a digital copy from the library
Girl of Nightmares concluded the Anna Dressed In Blood duology and was very good. Anna Dressed In Blood could have been a standalone novel, but there were some loose ends to tie up, such as figuring out what actually happened to Anna and if she was okay. The book explored more of Cas and his purpose, including figuring out the history of his father and the true mission of those who wielded the athame. It also allowed for Thomas and Carmel to grow as characters.
The sequel wasn’t nearly as horrific and ghostly as the first book, but I thought it was a very good sequel and one that explored the characters, what happened to them, and what consequences there might be for the justice that Cas served. It’s like the author was plagued by the characters and just had to give us some more growth and a closer look at who they really were.
I highly recommend the books, especially if you’re a fan of YA paranormal and horror. It’s a unique story and I definitely enjoyed it.