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
Well written, well told, and a message that will never stop echoing. Thank you for telling this story and especially to those who were strong enough to let you be their voice. This story is heartbreaking, but someone must tell it.
Narrator's accent was HORRIBLE at times, and even worse when she was reading as the black characters. The story was so good, though, I ignored it and kept listening. There were times when I was literally wide eyed or cringing from what these characters were up to... I think one time I actually yelped a bit...lol great story.
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.
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