Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Horror,
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 2011
Number of Pages: 316
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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I really liked the synopsis for this book previous to reading it. It sounded similar to the Supernatural television programme which I adore, so of course it's something that intrigued me.
Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter and supernatural killer, he is one of only a few with this ability and he is therefore tasked with carrying on his family's tradition after the murder of his father. His mother is a 'white witch' and helps Cas when needed by supplying healing lotions and other aids however she disagrees with his involvement in the family ghost hunting tradition.
After a tip from a close contact raises curiosity in Cas, he heads up to Thunder Bay, Canada - with his mother and all their possessions in tow - to hunt down the 'Anna' ghost and stop her gruesome murders. However when Cas meets Anna all is not the same as his typical ghost killings and he starts to wonder what about Anna's death was different?
I was slightly disappointed in this story as the hype around this book from fellow booktubers was incredible. It was constantly described as chilling and scary but I actually found it bland in terms of it's supernatural content and the 'scary' bits were more gruesome that scary.
The best bits within this story were the aspects involving Anna. All the bits in between these scenes seemed irrelevant or long-winded for what was actually being discussed. The aspects involving Anna however were fantastic and I would have preferred discovering even more about her past and her life as a ghost.
I also didn't quite believe or feel for the romance within this novel which actually seemed secondary to the ghost hunting and father's death storyline.
The ending left me feeling bored. It all neatened up quite nicely and so knowing there is a second book in the series, I don't feel a rush to go out and read it. I would have preferred more of a cliffhanger ending which left me wanting more. I will be reading the second book however just not in a hurry.