Normally, when I choose an audio book, I make sure it's unabridged. If you get an abridged book, you never know what gets lost from the author's original vision. In my desperation to find an author that begins with the letter "I" and avoiding the chic lit selection at the library, the abridged version of "Blood Memory" found its way into my hands.
The main character of "Blood Memory" is Catherine "Cat" Ferry, a forensic odontologist, someone who studies bite marks and the clues they provide. While working on a case to find a serial killer in New Orleans, Cat faints at the scene of the crime, an incident that is embarrassing for someone used to grizzly crime scenes. After being suspended from the FBI, Cat retreats to her childhood home. When some of her forensic chemicals are spilled in her bedroom, it raises questions about her father's supposed suicide that occurred when she was a child.
Right in the beginning of this book, I didn't like Cat Ferry. Okay, she has a cool career, but she's also having an affair with a man who is married and has children. She's pregnant with his child, and her idea to recover from her alcoholism is to take valium. The mystery is pretty darn interesting, though, so I kept listening. Iles does a great job of setting and character development, so that after a while I could almost sympathize with Cat. Of course, then she'd pop another valium, rub her tummy and say, "Just one more, baby girl," and I'd remember why I don't like her. Nevertheless, Iles does a brilliant job of weaving together a very complicated plotline and giving it a tidy, satisfactory ending--which is what you hope for from every suspense book, but all too often, doesn't happen. I give this one a B+, and may even check out another Greg Iles book sometime.