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Blood Memory

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Greg Iles

Narrated By: Joyce Bean

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2005

Duration: 18 hours 53 minutes

Summary:

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. Plagued by troubling nightmares, Cat pieces together the horrifying events she has been shielded from all her life. Soon, both she and the FBI realize that the murders occurring now in New Orleans are intimately bound up with Cat's family and her past. Can Cat trust her own memories? Or has the truth been so distorted that she can never know her family's real history? Finding a solution to these intertwined murders means more than stopping a remorseless killer - it may be the only way to save Cat Ferry's sanity . . . and her life. Greg Iles is a masterful storyteller. In this dramatic novel of suspense he deftly probes the relationship between good and evil, and the unique power of human memory to reconstruct - or completely reinvent - the past.

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  • Christine Felker

    The reader is awful. Has she ever been in the south? The story is great but it is all I can do to listen to this fake southern accent. Please don't even try

  • Anonymous

    I couldn't get past the 4th CD on this book. The main characters voice was annoying and she was too self-involved to the point where I didn't care at all about her.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo. This was a wonderful book. I could not wait to begin my daily commute to work and I hated getting out of the car to go to work. I was in suspense the entire time and I fell in love with the characters. My family is from Louisiana and I felt like I took trip to visit my Tati. Great job.

  • Anonymous

    The author's work was reccommended to me by a friend and this was the first of his books I rented. I was disappointed. I felt the story dragged. There were parts was I was literally fast forwarding cause it was just too slow. I agree with another reviewer in that the main character was very annoying and unbelievable. I have other books in my queue by this author and hope they prove to be better.

  • Anonymous

    I've read some of Greg Iles more recent works and I truly enjoyed those novels. I was extremely disappointed in this book. The main character is annoying and unbelievable. The topic, sexual abuse is a serious matter but it is not handled well in this book. It feels as if someone is beating you over the head with it throughout the novel. I agree with another reviewer that this book was in need of some major editing that did not take place. I enjoy Iles' work but I suggest you skip this one.

  • Anonymous

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters, storyline and length. Isles has the ability to keep you interested through the whole thing.

  • Susan and Keith

    Although this book started slowly with a main character that was initially hard to like, Greg Iles' talent as an author slowly turns her into someone you begin to understand and root for. The plot and character development leave you very captivated while the delicate topic of incest and child sexual abuse is handled expertly, without pulling any punches. We've already recommended this book to friends who like a good, well-developed story.

  • Anonymous

    I listen on my way to and from work. I hated to get out of the car. Excellent narrator.

  • Anonymous

    The story was a bit boring and the characters not very appealing. I sent it back before finishing.

  • Kathy

    I am fond of the author and this is typical of his style. I didn't like having to wait for the second 8 discs. It made a long book even longer