I knew what to expect from this when I saw an endorsement by Dan Brown on the cover, and I was right; it’s a fast-reading thriller with plot twists and sometimes unbelievable coincidences. I would have rated this a 5 or 6 except that its main theme concerns sexual abuse, which also makes it painful and informative to read.
Blood Memory is about a woman involved in the investigation of serial murders, when she finds out her family is involved in some way, starting from when she was a child. The protagonist is believable; you want to find out her secrets as much as she does.
It’s a disturbing read, but if you’re unfamiliar with the horrors of sexual abuse, it’s a learning experience, although I wouldn’t read it again; it’s a thriller meant for a long airplane ride or similar break.
The author writes the following before the story begins:
This novel is dedicated to those women who realize in the dead of night that something is wrong, and has been for a long time. More than most, they know that Faulkner’s words are true: “There is no such thing as WAS–only IS. If WAS existed, there would be no grief or sorrow.” You are not alone.
This dedication is much more poignant after you finish the book.