Blood Memory


Author: Greg Iles

Title: Blood Memory

Genre: Adrenaline, Suspense

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 800

Geographical Setting: New Orleans and Mississippi

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary: Pregnant by her married lover, three days sober and in the middle of solving a case of vigilante serial murders; stressed doesn’t even begin to describe Catherine Ferry. When the crime scenes start triggering panic attacks and terrifying images of a part of her childhood she never knew existed she begins to explore her past with the help of her lover, one of the main suspects, and her family members who want to keep their secrets buried.  These repressed memories make her question everything she ever knew about her father’s passing, her family and connect her to the serial killings in a way she never thought possible.

Subject Headings: Forensic science, serial murders, Deep South, molestation, repressed memories, Vietnam, child abuse

Appeal: Tense, fast-paced, Deep South, investigative, layered, graphic, character centered, plot twists, resolved ending, sexually explicit

Three terms that best describe the book: Haunting, suspenseful, vivid

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