'Iles's way of telling the story lifts him clear of the pack into a different league' (Observer) in this masterful psychological serial killer thriller from the New York Times No.1 bestseller. He kills like an animal, but the bite marks on his victims are unmistakably human. In the suffocating heat of a new Orleans summer evening, forensic expert ...Read More'Iles's way of telling the story lifts him clear of the pack into a different league' (Observer) in this masterful psychological serial killer thriller from the New York Times No.1 bestseller. He kills like an animal, but the bite marks on his victims are unmistakably human. In the suffocating heat of a new Orleans summer evening, forensic expert Cat Ferry picks up the phone and knows he's struck again. Called on by the FBI to investigate serial murders, Cat has seen some terrible crimes over the years, but none as horrific or apparently random as the sequence of brutal slayings that confront her now. Cat also has some very personal demons to face. Alcoholic, manic depressive, and secretly pregnant, her cries for help fall on the deaf ears of a married lover. But something associated with this case is calling out to her. Something rooted in the dark recesses of her memory. Someone from the past, who wants Cat to remember what time has allowed her to forget...Read Less
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I am in the process of reading all of Greg Iles' books.
They are superbly written with all the intensity and
mystery you can imagine. Blood Memory is no exception.
Oct 1, 2008
This is a well-written book with an extremely interesting story line. I have to admit that I guessed quite a bit before the ending, but it didn't matter. The writing made me want to see how the main character discovered things. However, not everything was a given; there were definite surprises to be found.
The author manages to handle an extremely taboo subject with grace and tactfulness. The book was well researched, also.
The main character was smart inher investigations, no dumb horror movie heroine here.
Try this one out & if you enjoy it, pick up some of Mr. Iles' other books. I have found him to be a terrific author with many varying genres.
Apr 10, 2008
Is the South this bad??
Blood Memory by Greg Iles
An Amazon reviewer mentions in another review, that there racial aspect of the story. I agree that Mr. Iles presented a very negative portrait of the south. There are a number of references to black/white social interactions that shows slave/master relationships. Towards the end of the story there is lengthy dialog between Cat and Bill Neal where derogatory racial comments are made without any defense of the African American race. Based on this book, south still holds deep racial currents. The reader should note: The ?slaves? housed on the island enlisted to work for the grandfather. Pearlie, the self proclaimed ?house negro? maid, raising Cat from birth and disliked by others on the island (or is it in the field). The first suspect is a black male. Finally, a reference to Medgar Evers? preserved body in cap 55 was made without linking the civil rights related court case against Beckwith; see reference below:
n 1994, thirty years after the two previous trials had failed to reach a verdict, Beckwith was again brought to trial based on new evidence. During the trial, the body of Evers was exhumed from his grave for autopsy, and found to be in a surprisingly good state of preservation as a result of embalming. Beckwith was convicted of murder on February 5, 1994, after having lived as a free man for the three decades following the killing. Beckwith appealed unsuccessfully, and died in prison in January 2001. Reference: en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Mdgar Evers
Other then the societal issues, the book presented a pretty clear cut mystery case. The plot twist wasn?t very surprising. All the characters fall into place in a neat logical fashion. I learned a lot about child related sexual abuse as well as the profound impact it has from generation to generation. The writing is clear and presents a comfortable read for a relaxing summer. The text is a bit long but I can?t see where you can just cut out a hundred pages without losing the great explanations it provides for the crimes. Over all its 3.5stars with a half star attributed to the fact that Cat ?freed the slaves? at end of the story.
Jan 28, 2008
Greg Iles grows by leaps and bounds with each book. The details in this tale may not be for the faint of heart, but the author had addressed the taboo with sense and sensitivity all along. I think he did an outstanding job of creating whole and complex characters. They move the story along with an almost frantic pace that makes it hard to put this one down!
Jul 23, 2007
I loved it.
This book keeps you interested in it's subplots as well as the main storyline. I was shocked with the ending and quite pleased once I finished reading it.
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