On Blood Memory by Greg Iles

  • Title: Blood Memory
  • Author: Greg Iles
  • Publisher: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Copyright 2005 by Greg Iles
  • Pocket Book Export Edition Printing February 2005


Blood Memory by Greg Iles Courtesy: Internet
Blood Memory by Greg Iles
Courtesy: Internet

Great men have great appetites, darling.” (Quoted from Chapter 59, Blood Memory, by Greg Iles)

If you are an avid reader, you must love books that give you something to learn alongside a gripping story. Blood Memory, by Greg Iles, is one of the best thrillers of the time. Blood Memory has the power within its covers to anchor you, teach you, rebuke you for your fallacies and yet nurture your anxiety, your imagination, your desperation right from the first page to the last.

The novel has the capacity to undo and redo your whole understanding of a “blood memory”. There are crests and troughs through which you sympathize, empathize and feel avenged. Yet the question that remains unanswered is “Is it right or wrong?” The “it” in this question encapsulates a number of possibilities, like revenge, vengeance, suffering, confusion, love, abuse and other similar things and the effects on those who experience and endure through…

The past never leaves you but bears the strength to pull imperceptible strings in your mind every now and then… Would you agree?

Blood Memory opens doors to extreme depths of our psychological consciousness and imposes a control with its lines that you cannot break free from until you’re done reading. You evolve in your own constitution through out the 66 chapters that tell you the DeSalle story… The book revolves around a rich family and unravels the terrible, dark secrets that it conceals carefully. How can a blood stain, twenty-three years old, that is invisible to the naked eye, but open and talking in a ghastly glow, set afoot a whole series of events, is mind-boggling to grasp at the beginning… How can the serial murderer assassinating the chosen victims in New Orleans be related? How can the 20 years of Vietnam War fit into this? Pearlie, the pacifier, knows it all and sees it all… She might be the only window between the past and the present of the DeSalles… And you will be the one to know a little more than Pearlie when you are done!

Dr. Catherine Ferry, or Cat, might not be the exact woman you want to be dating but she’s much more than what most might be able to accomplish. Yet, she’s no superwoman and that cuts off the fantastical edge right before it comes knocking! Sergeant Sean Regan may not seem like the ideal husband but there’s more to ponder about the truth in adjustment marriages… Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice days are long gone! The boy next door, Dr. Michael Wells, might just be the one you would notice any time, anywhere! However the twists and turns of events in this book may be, it is real-time, concrete reality oriented and you do not get the feeling of drifting in the dreamy clouds even once! The reliefs in the story-telling are manipulative and  just as compelling as the rest of the moving scenes. It will not let you rest until you find out who will Dr. Cat Ferry’s yet-unborn child know as the father! 

Somewhere down the line, I felt that Blood Memory has an equivocal message that bears an uncanny similarity to the centuries old, Shakespeare’s drama, Macbeth and echos “Fair is foul and Foul is fair”! The dilemma in whether to determine the voracity of the villain as possibly justifiable or flat out unjustified, fixes you, in an undercurrent of logic and deterred realizations.

I would recommend this book to all book lovers, provided you have an appetite for raw, naked thrillers and can digest them well enough to prevent nightmares and emotional upsets! Yes, it is that powerful!

Of course, this is an entirely personal account on this novel that I finished a couple of hours ago.

Copyright © 2015 by Amrita Kar Roy


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