This was a compelling novel with more twists and turns than a an elaborate maze. The book is extremely unpredictable with outstanding character development.
I enjoyed getting to know Cat Ferry, the protagonist because she has an interesting job and possibly more so because she is tragically flawed.
Her job and her endless search for the truth requires her to be clear headed and lucid, yet her addiction to alcohol causes her to become disoriented and blackout.
She wants desperately to solve her father's murder and uncover the culprit of a recent string of murders plaguing her home town in Mississippi, but she can't seem to fight her addiction or remain sober long enough to crack the case.
This ongoing struggle has the reader pulling for Cat to overcome her flaws and reconcile her father's death with the truth.
Iles seems to be a masterful storyteller, weaving finite detail into his enthralling depiction of the deep south in the wake of a string of horrible murders.
This book is unpredictable until the end and the reader winds up pulling for Cat to find the killer and to put the pieces of her youth together so she can get some peace of mind.