I liked this book but it is not for the faint of heart. If you cringe at all the gory details--find a lighter writer of crime fiction. Sexual child abuse is a dark and horrible crime--add in incest and you have a book that will take you down a path you may want to avoid. I have been blessed not to have any of that in my past or I am not sure I could have finished this one. All that being said, it is a well written book which kept my attention throughout. I thought the narrator was going to be annoying but I grew used to the southern drawl and she was great at varying the voices to fit the characters - men as well as women.
Joyce Bean did an excellent job bringing this book to life. The story line had a good flow and kept my attention to the very end, I sat in the driveway to finish. If you're from the south the flavor if this book will bring back a lot of memories, it sure did for me.
this book was so well written, you really got involved with the character. Awesome
perfect for the part
This was a very well written story with a lot of twists, turns, subplots, and well researched detail. With detailed accounts of sexual abuse, it is often hard to listen to, but tells the story of many children that needs to be heard. It is a message that is all too real for far too many children and the adults they have become.
Probably, but it was not my favorite Greg Iles book.
The story here took some 'leaps" that I didn't quite track, and kind of tended to "wallow" in some of the details. Also, as smart as her character was portrayed to be she didn't really "get" some pretty obvious stuff - as written.
Probably, I liked her character voices better than the main character tho, with the exception that all of them but a few sounded like they were talking through a tin can.
I like a book with a strong sense of place, and "Blood Memory," set in Natchez, MS. and New Orleans, definitely conveys the feel of the place. Joyce Bean's wonderful narration aids in this considerably.
The mysteries at the heart of this story are interesting and deeply knotted. Part of the satisfaction in this novel is the journey of untangling these threads. The protagonist is deeply flawed (and as we discover, deeply wounded), but relatable nonetheless. We are never not rooting for her.
Be warned: although not a horror book (and certainly not supernatural), there is much that is horrific about this book, made more painful by Greg Iles' deftl writing and because the subject is so very, very real. It's impossible to read this book and not feel disgusted and angry as we watch this skillfully-rendered story play out.
This is a painful, but redemptive book. I'm glad I made the effort. This one will stay with me for a long time.
Yes! It kept me on the edge of my seat.This is my first read/ listen from this author and I am eager for more. The narration was great, however , the narrator bothered me at first because she sounded much older than the 31 year old she was portraying. Regardless, I would highly recommend this audio book!