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Blood Memory (Mississippi #5)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  12,620 Ratings  ·  800 Reviews
Experiencing panic attacks and blackouts at murder scenes, forensics expert Cat Ferry is suspended from her task force and returns to her Mississippi hometown, where she discovers disturbing information about her father's murder, which occurred when Cat had been eight years old. By the author of The Footprints of God. 175,000 first printing.
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Scribner (first published 2005)
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Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspensethriller
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
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
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Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
L.A. Starks
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The story-line was good, but as other reviewers stated, the main character was somewhat selfish and annoying with a bit of a whiner personality. I loved the other one I read by this author, but this one was overlong with too much focus on what seemed to be the secondary story-line. I kept wondering when it would get back to the story that grabbed me at the beginning. The other "cold case" mystery was good, but might have been more interesting in a separate novel.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Patrice Hoffman
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a great episode of Law and Order: SVU. I hope that doesn't give away anything but I really felt this was a 2-hour episode of one of my favorite shows. This was a lightening fast read for me although it took me almost 5 days to finish. It wasn't because the read is boring... I'm just too lazy to read over the weekend.
One review I read classified the main character as a person they really hated and couldn't believe she was as awful as she was. Given all the circumstances of h
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-thriller, 2015
In Greg Iles's Blood Memory, the 5th installment of the Mississippi thriller series, Greg Iles thrilled us and chilled us with some horrific elements in this novel. For Cat Farry, a forensic odontologist, she had a panic attack at a crime scene, when a serial killer had targeted a male with bite marks. That had taken her back to time to her past, and back to her home in Natchez Mississippi, when she experienced the haunted memory of her father's murder. From there, she pieced together on the pas ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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! :)
Jul 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lloyd Liggett
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a book with plot twists on plot twists, all dealing with a very taboo subject, this is the book for you. At first I was mildly disappointed because this was so much different from the other Iles novels I've read, but that rapidly wore off as I got into it. A lengthy novel, for Iles, but once I got into it, it was hard to put down.
Cindy Grossi
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I started a book that I could not put down until I finished. (Well, I did put it down about 1 this morning to sleep). Set in New Orleans and Natchez, the setting is a winner for me. The main character is at first sight an accomplished professional, but as her story unravels we are drawn into a world of child abuse and repressed memories, murder, and the old South.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's what crime fiction stories does to you.. read it in just 4 days apart from having the usual office work.. It's a thrill all around.. at the start it takes few pages to register the proceedings but as you go along.. there's a a great emotional connect with it.. it has two stories going side by side as Greg unfolds both and draws a parallel... A nice read...
Ben Johnson
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, taut and convincing plot.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy moly. Great book. Full of suspense. Very psychological.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ok, before my Mom has a heart-attack reading the rest of my review: I liked it, I did. I enjoyed the ride. It has shortcomings, but it kept me interested and kept me reading. I would have made it an over-nighter if I hadn't had to go to work the next day. So, be content, Mom, and you can stop reading here if you want to.

- I probably would have given this a 4 if it hadn't started to feel bloated. I think a couple of hundred pages could have been cut and it would have been better.

- I like Cat
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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
Calvin Dean
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat Ferry is a forensic odontologist, with a lot of problems. First, she is p.g. and the father of the child is a detective she works with who is married with children. She is not sure how to tell him or how it will take it. Second, she keeps fainting at murder scenes and does not know why, is it because something from her past triggers buried memories, or is it just because she is in her first stages of pregnancy? She is not sure. As she gets deeper into why these killings are continuing, she h ...more
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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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