Cat's latest case involves a disturbing murder in New Orleans. Banishing her personal demons, she focuses on the potential killer, until one morning she's paralyzed by a panic attack at a grisly murder scene. Praying the attack is a onetime event, she continues her job as a consultant to the New Orleans Police Department, but when another victim dies in the same shocking way - raising fears that a serial killer is at large - Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse.
Suspended from the FBI task force, plagued by nightmares, and at odds with her married lover - a homicide detective - Cat finally reaches her breaking point. In a desperate effort to regain control over a life spiraling out of control, Cat retreats to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. But her family's secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary.
When some of Cat's forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. This sight shocks her more than any corpse she has seen in her career. Cat's father was murdered when she was eight years old, but she always believed the crime occurred in the garden outside their home. The bloody footprints suggest otherwise.
Driven by this fragment of her past, Cat attempts a forensic reconstruction of the decades-old crime, even as developments with the New Orleans task force pull her back into the case she left behind.
©2005 Greg Iles; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
I selected this book based on reviews and I was very disappointed. The main character is a "super woman" who although she caves in on the job to a panic attack can mount a heroic escape from a deranged killer and move on with her agenda. I don't know people like this. The main plot of the victims of sexual abuse is interesting and compelling but the story built around this theme was cheesy to me. I like to have an illusion of reality and also it helps if you like the main character. "Kat" was neither believable or likable for me. Some of the other reviewers said this is classic Greg Iles, so now I know not to buy any more of his books.
I thought this story was pretty good but the narrator came up short with the character, Sean, and the pseudo New York/New Orleans accent. It made me cringe. If I hadn't been caught up in the story, I would have quit listening.
The story kept my interest for sure, but the narration was terrible! I live one hour north of New Orleans and have been to Natchez, MS many times. WE DO NOT TALK LIKE THAT. And, there was every southern cliche you can imagine. I almost gave up.
Natasha R Zar
The narrator was fantastic. She did a great job filling her voice with the appropriate emotions of each of the characters. You really got lulled in to the story by her voice.
I may have made it a bit shorter, some parts tended to go on.
Hard to say.
Do more to make people aware and accountable for child abuse.
Blood Memory really hit hard on the hardest topic of all - Child sexual abuse. It was not gratuitous in its description of its abuse, more like it educated the listener more on the devastating and lifelong effects victims of sexual abuse suffer and the power that abusers have over them. It broke my heart.
Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!
I wanted to like this book more. I didn't hate it or love it. It was "ok". The story was interesting enough and the plot had many twists. It seemed to me to be two very separate stories oddly woven into one. They had something in common, but it didn't seem to flow well to me. I "figured out" Cat's story, but not the New Orleans murders. That conclusion seemed forced and odd to me, like it was solved because it had to be to finish the book, but it was not interesting or shocking. The book was MUCH longer than it needed to be... 18 hours in audio format! Several scenes and descriptions didn't really add to the story and could have easily been omitted.
The narration of the audio book, by the very popular Joyce Bean, was like nails on a chalk board!! Was her accent supposed to be Mississippi or New Orleans?? What it turned into was Old South... Georgia or South Carolina, where all the "er"s turn into "A"s, like "whatta", & everyone sounds either incredibly pretentious or incredibly stupid. As a native Alabamian, both annoy me. One character pronounced murder as "MUWEDA". I can't even accurately describe it. It was so bad!! Not only that, but the 31 year old character sounded like she was 50+. Joyce Bean is a good narrator - but this was a fail.
I don't think anyone would enjoy this book unless, like the author, you get vicarious pleasure from reading about sexual abuse of children.
I am the Evil Mama
If the heroine would have had something to make her more lovable.
This heroine was an immoral alcoholic, pill-popping, beautiful woman who supposedly had men falling in love with her; yet in the first part -- didn't want to waste my time with the next two parts -- who somehow had men falling in love with her and yet rationalizing her binges? Not happening in my lifetime. Yet she expects her married lover to "do the right thing" when she finds out she's pregnant? I just couldn't find anything that would make anyone love this perpetually needy woman enough to leave his family for. Maybe I've got too many needy, drug users too close to me to figure I needed to waste my time listening to 18 hours of whining....
Loved this book! The plot kept twisting and twisting as more and more characters were introduced. I would think that I had the solution and then there would be another twist!
Book is wonderful, as all Greg Iles books are. However, the narrator sounded too...um...mature to be a believable 31-year-old, and she should have taken the time to find out how to pronounce certain local words, such as "Metairie". Additionally, her continued use of the French pronunciation of "Napoleon" was irritating. She did a great job on the Dr. Kirkland voice, though.
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