Blood Memory, by Greg Iles

Cover ImageFinished 4-13-10, rating 4.5/5, fiction, pub. 2005

When does murder begin?

With the pull of a trigger?  With the formation of a motive?  Or dies it begin long before, when a child swallows more pain than love and is forever changed?

Perhaps it doesn’t matter.

Or perhaps it matters more than everything else.

(Beginning of novel)

Cat Ferry is an expert odontologist, the study of teeth, as well as a personal train wreck.  She has gotten herself pregnant by a married man and is a lifelong alcoholic and the drinks and pills don’t stop with the pregnancy, at least at first.  When she is helping the FBI in a series of serial murders she begins to experience panic attacks and that coupled with the discovery of her affair sends her running back home to Natchez, Mississippi.  Cat is from a wealthy and well-respected family, but the death of Cat’s beloved father over 20 years before had scarred her and left her distant from her mother and grandfather.  Once home Cat becomes convinced that the serial murders are somehow connected to the death of her father.

The prevailing theme of this thriller is incest and molestation.  If this had been on the back of the book I don’t know if I would have picked it up, but I’m glad I did because it was excellent.  It doesn’t dwell so much on the act, but on the effect on the lives of those harmed and what happens to them after the they’ve escaped the abuse. 

I did have a major problem with Cat’s pregnancy.  She popped pills, drank, almost drowned, was raped, and shot in the stomach and still managed to stay pregnant.  That just passed the point of credibility to me.  But that being said,  I loved this book.  It is over 700 pages, but it only took me 3 days to read because it read so fast and I didn’t want to stop reading.  It is exciting and thought-provoking at the same time.  This is my second Iles book and it won’t be my last.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Jennifer, Kristie, Carol, Jenners, and Angie.  Here’s what they had to say…

“Love his books and they always have a great twist in them.”  Angie

“I really love his books. They aren’t “great” literature or anything but he knows how to write a thriller. I have his latest to on my 2010 TBR pile.”  Jenners

“I have really liked everything I’ve read by Iles.”  Carol

“I fell in love with his descriptive prose, laid back approach and brilliant twisty plots.”  Jennifer

“Love all of his!”  Kristie