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 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!
The presentation was great... The Storyline was believable! Kept me interested through to the end!
Story probably could have been told in a third of the time. Lots of dragging on and on about how awful everybody was to the lead female. "Oh, poor, poor me!" I wanted to hurt her myself about halfway in.
Spoiler Alert....Same problem...lead went on and on about herself. "It's all about poor me..." Sheesh! Secondly, being from New Orleans, the 'drawl' and Cajun accents were a god bit off, in my opinion. The pronunciation of the city of Metairie as MA-TARRY almost blew a gasket in my head. Do your homework! Finally, after 17 hours of an 18 hour story, here comes brand new characters who are responsible for much of the murder mystery. Hate that!
Don't think so.
No, not really.
Could have been a really good story, but author failed in the interest of quantity vs quality.
This book was utterly captivating and held my attention all the way through. Takes a theory I have had and shows the downside to taking the law in your own hand and not pursuing every detail to the end to get your facts straight before taking action
the narrator was exceptional
I love to read and listen now too.
Lies, all lies.
I had forgotten that I read this long ago, but it had a different life with the narration having a southern accent
It was a good story and keep my interest in spite of the narrator. I'm a native New Yorker and moved to the south in the 70's and the phony southern accent assaulted my ears. She did a good job of changing character voices but the accent was almost unsurmountable. Glad I stuck with it though. About the middle of the book I physiologically accepted the accent and thoroughly enjoy the story. Would recommend read especially if you don't live in the South.
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