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
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.
Almost didn't get this book because of the reviews but very glad I did. The subtopic of child molestation can be a slippery slope for any author. I think Mr. Iles did a good job, thoughtful and empathetic. As a child abuse survivor I was drawn to the book. What I got was a good suspense story along with some comfort from the heroine who mirrored some of my own behaviors and thoughts. This may not be the book for everyone and as one reviewer stated it may "turn your stomach" to hear the details. The reality is that many, many children are abused every day by their fathers, uncles, brothers or mothers. They frequently feel alone and helpless. I know this is not a forum for my special cause but would like to say keep your minds and eyes open.
I read every day mostly suspense/mysteries and actually do know the gendre so don't miss a really good read because of the "unpleasant" content.
Give this one some time. At first the slow speech and drawl put me off thinking they'd taken a 9 hr book and extended it to 18 by talking slow... The speech and the plot both pick up speed until they are at a dead run. Good technical knowledge also adds to the story.
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'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is an interesting book and premise. The author had a serious lack of courage somewhere in the writing that rather ruined the book for me. The accents are excellent, you can feel the heat of the land, you can see this woman and her nanny. And then he manages to write about a woman who dissociates without ever seeing her dissociate. Ever. And in this book, for what happens, she should have.
For those of us who have loved ones who have suffered this or who have seen it in life, this is so false as to be silly. It comes right up to the brink of the situation and refuses to take the plunge. It lost me there. Sadly.
I love books!
I hardly ever read/listen to a book a second time although I do sometimes think I should do it at least once in awhile. One of the books I've thought about doing a second time is this author's "Mortal Fear", one of my all-time favorites. But for "Blood Memory", I couldn't remember if I'd read it before? I didn't have it in my audible library and when I read the audible summary and reviews, I didn't remember it. So, having not listened to an Iles book for some time, I decided it was time as his first two World War II novels along with "Mortal Fear" were, in my opinion, great books. So, I get 2-3 chapters into this book and start realizing that I did remember it and remember really enjoying it as the story came back to me. It deals heavily with repressed memories due to child abuse and the fallout from that. I even remember thinking about some of the thoughts this book generated over the last several years but didn't tie it to this title, just the story. But, as i got back into the book and got caught up in it again, I decided to go ahead and finish it. I looked at it a little differently knowing it was the second time and remembering most of the outcome but I looked more at how the author approached the story, how he structured it, and even educated we readers on repressed memories and child abuse as the story unfolds to help our understanding of what has and is happening. I thoroughly enjoyed it this second time. In my opinion, this is a great book and it reinforced my feeling that Greg Iles is a geat author.
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