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Blood Memory (Mississippi #5)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  9,957 ratings  ·  622 reviews
Forensic expert "Cat" Ferry has a stellar reputation until a panic attack paralyzes her at a New Orleans murder scene. Praying the attack is a one-time event, she continues working, but when the same killer strikes again -- raising fears that a serial killer is at large -- Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse. Suspended from the FBI task force, Cat returns to ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Scribner Book Company (first published January 1st 2005)
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Shawna
Everything about this book makes me think that Greg Iles is too good to be true. He did everything against the rules--a male writing from a female character's point of view, making the main character so incredibly flawed that it blows your mind, having a supporting character that accepts those flaws without question. He was able to blend the touchy subjects of sexual abuse, race relations, and economic class differences into one hell of a whirlwind ride. This was the first Greg Iles book I've re ...more
Stefan
A dark, disturbing, passionate, and horrific novel of sexual child abuse, violence, killing, suicide, depression, and mystery. This was a well written book, which contains one of the best female characters created by a male author I have ever read. The powerful first person narrative propelled me from the first page to the last with startling speed. The combination of repressed memory, forensic dentistry, incest, and psychology make this a read that is not for everyone because of its unsettling ...more
Dani
I went back and forth on this book. It is a good/fast read and I did enjoy it, but I really hated the protagonist. I mean she defined bitch for me and I didn't sympathize with her. She dated a married man, and felt no responsiblity for it (event though she knew he was married). She got pregnant by him. She always made the wrong decisions when it came to her job. She got people killed and didn't seem to care as long as she got what she wanted in the end. I know I sound terribly b/c you find out s ...more
Christopher Hivner
I've read all of Greg Iles's books and though there are some I like better in the end than others, they all have one thing in common: they grab your attention from the first few pages and don't let go. Whatever you think of his writing style or the preposterousness of his plots at times, Iles has a way of pulling you in immediately and not letting go until you've read the last page.

Blood Memory revolves around Cat Ferry, an odontologist working with the police in New Orleans to catch a serial ki
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Holly
Nov 01, 2014 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: greg-iles
This is one of the best books I've read all year. I highly recommend it. It's a bit disturbing at times because of the content, but it's a great story anyway. I think everyone who takes the time to read it will enjoy it as much as I did. I think that everyone should read this book. Greg Iles is a great author, and I think you'll see it after reading this book.
Karen
Ok so this is a first for me. I have read every book written by this author and I am anxiously awaiting his latest work, however, in spite of this I have never written a review on any of his books as it just seemed to daunting of a task. How does an average person like myself begin to express the sheer pleasure of reading a book by someone who they feel to be a genius with the written word. I don't know to be honest I just felt it was time to try. I have lost myself in the stories so often, I ha ...more
Zulfiya
It is an entertaining book with serious repercussions. Within the frame of entertainment it is an excellent read. The plot is engrossing and deals with the everyday hidden social, moral, and sexual 'disease' of child molestation and its aftermath and impact on the life of a victim.

It is also a painful journey into the past of the protagonist, who is indeed a very resilient and stubborn young lady. Her dysfunctional lifestyle and behavioral patterns can be used as clues when she is tentatively f
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Jim
A very dark and brooding tale from author Greg Iles, "Blood Memory" is an exceptional mystery thriller with punch. This murky novel comes out of the worst parts of New Orleans, and Natchez, MI. Forensic odontologist Catherine "Cat" Ferry is assisting local police tracking a serial killer who bites the victim before shooting them. Working with Detective Sean Regan, Cat is in free fall emotionally creating havoc on this case. Carrying on a relationship with the married Regan, Cat realizes she's pr ...more
Kath
This is my first book by Greg Iles, but it definetly won't be the last. While some of the content in this book was hard to listen to at times, it was excellent. It was well written and was one that caught my interest almost immediately. The story had well developed characters, lots of twists and turns and for the most part, wasn't very predictable.

It does cover some very tough content, so be mindful of this. Kat was abused as a child and there's lots on this topic. At times, it's difficult to re
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Heather Carter
This book was fast-paced and kept me reading, so I guess for that reason I have to say it wasn't bad.

However, I think when somebody told Greg Iles to write what he knows, he really, really took it to heart. This is the third book by him that I've read, and they're starting to seem pretty repetitive. Every one takes place in the city of Natchez, Mississippi; every one has a character who wants to "save" the city; there's always somebody having an affair, and a separate couple with a budding roman
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Robby
May 19, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is my second Greg Iles novel and of course not the last. I plan on following up with "Turning Angel" next; at some point. Catherine Ferry aka "Cat"; a forensic odontology expert; is the prime protagonists in this particular novel. She has to deal with child abuse and repressed/recovered memories throughout. The provocative tale with dark and twisted secrets contribute to a storyline that Greg Iles fans will appreciate as any fan of this genre would. This particular story did fill in a littl ...more
Wanda
An airplane book. Fast reading but overly long. This was typical Greg Iles in that it was violent and graphic. It was also unbelievable. I simply cannot understand how the protagonist managed to scamper from Nachez to New Orleans and then back again (even getting dunked in a river after being shot) repeatedly without packing a suitcase. But she did. I guess what put me off to this is the credence given to the repressed memory movement and the suggestion that child sexual abuse can cause bipolar ...more
Calvin Dean
Catherine “Cat” Ferry has a lot on her plate. New Orleans police and the FBI need her special skills to catch a serial killer. Unfortunately, she’s addicted to vodka and suffering mental and emotional breakdowns at the crime scene. But there’s much more to Cat’s problems. Returning home to Natchez, MS (the author’s hometown), a chance discovery puts Cat in touch with excruciating childhood memories. She recounts the murder of her father twenty years ago and the abuse suffered at his hands – or a ...more
David
Greg Iles has written a piece of fiction that is as frightening as "Silence of the Lambs" and at the same time offers a great deal of forensic and psychological information at the same time. He turns out a frightening turning and twisting novel where everyone could be a bad guy (like the classic novel and Hitchcock film "Rebecca") and everyone could be a friend. This goes on for a LOT of pages-- twisting and turning, focusing on new possible bad guys-- trying to determine who is who-- and of cou ...more
Kavya
Blood Memory is about a lot of things; how a small evidence could lead to an unimaginable truth about one's past, of the family's past and a bitter tragedy would lead to bitter memories! I was fascinated by the flow of the story, how beautifully one thing lead to another.. Repressed memories, child abuses, its consequences and the determination of a lady to know the truth! I will not regret reading this one just a couple of days before an important exam! :)
krin
Buried in this massive book are two compelling mysteries - a serial murder case set in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a more personal family drama set in Natchez, Mississippi. While both stories interested me and were well written, I found myself wondering whether a third of the book could have been cut without compromising the plot. That said, the story illustrates well the issues of repressed memory, child abuse, family secrets and revenge.
Aaron Eischens
I liked the pace and flow of the book. Kat was a very well developed character which was surprising considering the author is male. While I was interested and involved with Kat's personal issues going on in her hometown, I became less and less interested in the New Orleans murders. Ironically, I figured out what happened in Kat's past rather quickly but had no clue in the New Orleans storyline.

The ending was where this book lost a star from me. The author created a lot of loose ends to tie up t
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Marsha
(3.5 Stars)
Warning: This book contains scenes and discussions of sexual abuse; so, if you are like me and it makes you uncomfortable you might want to consider this before you decide to read the book.

"Blood Memory" is the first book I've read by Greg Isles. He has an lyrical and easy writing style they immediately puts the reader at ease. As I began to delve into the book, I will admit I was looking forward to it since he discusses Louisiana and Mississippi. My parents are from Louisiana; so, it
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Tonya
I wanted to like this book more. I didn't hate it or love it. It was "ok". The story was interesting enough and the plot had many twists. It seemed to me to be two very separate stories oddly woven into one. They had something in common, but it didn't seem to flow well to me. I "figured out" Cat's story, but not the New Orleans murders. That conclusion seemed forced and odd to me, like it was solved because it had to be to finish the book, but it was not interesting or shocking. The book was MUC ...more
Marcus
I have to hand it to the author, he sure knows how to vary himself. I only wish he could keep his work at the top throughout all of his variations. You see, when I read "Black Cross" some twenty years ago, it completely blew me away. The fact that I still remember its plot after all those years is proof enough for the impact it had on me. Then I read "Spandau Phoenix" and I could hardly believe it was written by the same author, it was completely worthless. I then forgot all about Greg Isles, un ...more
Misplacedparisian
I started really loving the book towards the end. There was a lot of medical jargon an terms in there that (in my opinion) did not add to the story. We already know she know her way around corpses and that she's an odontologist. All the medical blah-blah just takes up time and energy. This said, this book kept me guessing at every turn, wondering who might have done what and how. I started making assumptions of guilt, profiling the characters at my kitchen table and with each new piece of eviden ...more
Randy Ortiz
I just edited this review. This book was better than I remembered originally. There is a underlying moral about tolerance. The story was pretty solid, suspence starts quickly, but originally the character seems morally off and struggling with addiction. In the end you get a glimpse of how she got that way...It sends the message that we should be reluctant to judge. Everybody has their own story and thus their own demons.
Anne Hawn Smith
This is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. The protagonist is easy to identify as a troubled young woman who has still remained strong and capable. It is hard to believe that the character was created by a man. The reactions of Cat seem so female and believable. I felt like I was watching her relive her terrible history and rise to the challenge of what she was learning.

The book is very fast paced and hard to put down. As layer after layer of the toxic results of child molest
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Stoneangel
I don't want to get in the habit of giving everything five stars but in this case, I just have to. I read this book back and forth to work and almost missed my stop several times. This is the third Greg Iles book I have read (True Evil is still my favourite of his books - the female protagonist in that book is another riveting character)and he really knows how to keep a reader riveted and the underlying theme/topics in his books are always well-researched (the main theme was sexual abuse in this ...more
Mike Philbin
Sep 08, 2008 Mike Philbin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who can handle it
I loved Greg Iles' Dead Sleep's depiction of art-horror. I started Blood Memory once before and got to page 70 or so ... I restarted it and

!WOW!

Blood Memory is totally the most disturbing, most adult, most gut-wrenching experience I've ever put myself through. In the strange tall format paperback I read, it comes to about 800 pages and it NEVER dragged. The choice of a first-person female protagonist was a canny move, it allowed Iles to take the real-life male-lion-ruthlessness to just another
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Erin
Aug 29, 2009 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Karalee
Shelves: mystery-suspence
This was a very intense read! I was completely trapped in this book for a couple days and now that I have finished, I feel relieved! I have never read a book pertaining to this subject matter before. Questions were answered and created. This book reaffirms my world view and in a sense woke me up to a certain comfortableness I have recently achieved that was turning into a dangerous weakness that I will no longer allow.

I see every day as a battle to protect, arm and guide my children. It horrifie
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Tom Donaghey
BLOOD MEMORY was Greg Iles ninth book (published in 2005) and follows Catherine Ferry, a forensic specialist working with the New Orleans Police Department on a series of grizzly murders. She is a mess: and alcoholic with man issues, fainting at crime scenes, and she now happens to be pregnant. Her married lover is also a cop she has worked closely with in other books.
But the real story is about her childhood, her fathers murder, her grandfather’s domination of both the family and the city of
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Erin K
Wow. What an emotional roller coaster this book is. After weeks of so-so mysteries (Lisa Jackson, Kay Hooper), this satisfied every thriller craving I possess. The depth of his characters, the twist in the storyline, and the accuracy with which he portrayed bipolar disorder all lead me to a 5 star rating of this book. Though I thought I figured out the ending pretty quickly based on other reviews, there were still plenty of surprises to make this a more than worthwhile read. Greg Iles, I'll be b ...more
Heidi Gonzalez
I found a copy of this at our beach house and picked it up for something to read while we were there - I couldn't put it down. I loved it. Cat is a mess, personally and now her professional career is taking a dive. Suffering from panic attacks at the last two crime scenes Cat is struggling to get control of her life. She is pregnant by her married boyfriend, trying to withdraw from alcohol and is having flashbacks of her fathers death. It seems that the story she has been told all her life is no ...more
Kemi looves 2 read
I still can't get over it - a male writing from a female character's point of view. He makes the main character so incredibly flawed that it blows your mind and a supporting character that accepts those flaws without question.

A compelling novel with more twists and turns than a an elaborate maze. The book was extremely unpredictable with outstanding character development. I simply could not put it down - and at 6 pages shy of 500 pages, that was a feat for me!!
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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