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
Addicted to audio books, I average 6 to 7 per month. I am never without my IPod even when I sleep LOL! Favorite author Lisa Gardner
I give this book 5 stars based on how well-researched and sensitive Iles' portrays the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult survivors. It is very powerful stuff and extremely well written. He is truly an amazing author!
Greg Iles has a real talent for telling stories about strong but very flawed women.
The book is long and drawn out, and comes to a conclusion that will not shock you absolutely, but you'd have to be pretty much heartless not to feel anything at all.
This book is, IMHO, a bit of a departure; I generally find Iles' stories to be thrillers of some variety, and there is an element of that in this book. More than anything else, though, this book feels like a peek behind a curtain into a very dimly lit room, where you know that what you'll see when your eyes adjust might damage you for good, but you can't NOT look.
It's not for the faint of heart, and probably not for someone with a history of being sexually abused as a child, but otherwise, it's a story worth reading.
The book was a gem. Gripping and intelligent throughout. As a therapist, I especially appreciated the depth of understanding the author has of sexual abuse and the impact on it's victims.
I bought this book because I had previously listened to Turning Angel, and read several others. Mr. Iles is one of the best authors that I've read. I was not disappointed in this book. It did take longer to get into, but still very enjoyable. I would highly recommend any of his books.
This was my first book to listen to of Greg Iles and I was pleasantly surprised. It won't be my last book of his to read. It had several turns and twist and held my interest throughout. Certainly one I will listen to again.
I really loved everything about this audiobook. I think Greg Iles is a great writer, considering the often trite genre. The story was intriguing for its entire length. And Joyce Bean's narration was truly exceptional. As a Southerner, I was not at all offended by her accents, and the nuances she attributed to the characters were both subtle and impactful. I only wish she would do more reading outside of the romance category.
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