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
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.
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!
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