Girl of Nightmares starts off almost where Anna left off. Cas is being plagued by nightmares and visions of his twice-dead girlfriend. He knows it’s a call from the other side that he couldn’t ignore and he would do just about anything for Anna to find her peace.
In this book, we get a bit more into the history of the athame; how it’s connected to the person that wielded it. What we thought was nothing but a ghost detector and ultimately the instrument that can send souls to their destinations turned out to be so much more. It’s a weapon that holds the key to freeing trapped souls – especially those that are being tormented in the after life.
This sequel was just as gory and violent as its predecessor. Though, this one was far more disturbing, I thought. It hurts to see the different ways in which Anna was being tortured in the hands of Obeahman. It’s a recurring nightmare that starts as soon as it ends. The reader can truly understand Cas’ desperation to save her; it’s like a constant ache about a loved one that won’t go away. The world here is a bit more complex, as the author took us into the far reaches of purgatory, aka, Minnesota. I’m kidding. Stow your rotten tomatoes, please.
Here, Ms. Blake introduces Suicide Forest – a place I thought only existed in Japan. This one is in Scotland. And let me tell you, it’s a terrifying, spine-tingling experience reading the scenes as these crazy kids walked through the haunted woods. The author has a way of letting it all play out in a way that was as realistic as though you were there yourself.
The place where Anna ended up was a bit of a horror-fest as well, all thanks to Blake’s fluid prose that was a vivid representation of what I thought hell would be. Heh. I’m Catholic. I’m guilt-ridden and fearful of the Book of Revelations. Sue me.
As usual, Thomas and Carmel contributed to turning Cas a bit more human. They worked hard for him to have a life, futile, though as it were. He’s infinitely determined to save Anna no matter what the cost. Even with droves of people who were against it. But I should mention that I wasn’t happy with the lack of Anna in this book. She’s there like the ghost that she is: a figment of our imagination that haunted Cas with every turn of the page.
VERDICT: What else can I say about these books that hasn’t already been said? If you’re like me, who continues to hunt the bookstores with a nice horror read, then these two books would just be enough to sate your need. Girl of Nightmares will haunt you with its beautiful writing, unforgettable characters and bone-chilling thrills at every page. Must read.