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Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

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

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Captivating.

A difficult subject matter that was handled in a way that educated the reader yet kept you engaged.

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  • donna
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 10-20-15

Dark Topic

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.

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  • itzKat
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 10-08-15

A good read, great listen!

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.

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Great from start to finish

Very well narrated, strong storyline. Managed not to be bored at any point in the story.

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  • Lydia
  • MIAMI, FL, United States
  • 09-13-15

one of his best

What made the experience of listening to Blood Memory the most enjoyable?

this book was so well written, you really got involved with the character. Awesome

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes

What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

perfect for the part

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  • LFE3
  • CARY, NC, United States
  • 09-11-15

Well written story, at times hard to listen to.

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.

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Took a while to get there, but was a good trip

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably, but it was not my favorite Greg Iles book.

If you’ve listened to books by Greg Iles before, how does this one compare?

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.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joyce Bean?

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.

Did Blood Memory inspire you to do anything?

Not really

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Too long

The story started out good it just didn't keep me interested, it took to long to get to the point.

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  • Flavius
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 08-29-15

Gripping & Gut-Wrenching

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.

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Riveting and unpredictable

Would you listen to Blood Memory again? Why?

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!