I'm a Greg Iles fan. However, this book was not plausible, as most of his works are. After Dead Sleep, I'm sure Iles was drawn to the topic of multiplicity within one person - what if it were possible that the will to live could keep the spirit alive forever? Living forever is an underlying thought in The Footprints of God, the book that immediately follows this one in his writing career. I've reviewed both.
Eve Sumner is exotic, and she draws John Waters into an erotic journey that takes him into his own past. John is haunted by Eve's similarity to Mallory Candler. It shows in Eve's speech, the way she walks, her self-inflicted scars, and her intimate knowledge of John and Mallory's passionate romance during their college years. Eve is Mallory, but Mallory is dead.
John goes quickly from disbelieving Eve and Mallory are one, to a man possessed by the immortal Mallory. Mallory had tried to kill John when she was alive, now she is back - but it isn't his death she wants, he is the object of her obsession. John's marriage is in trouble, and it was the lack of intimacy that made him vulnerable to Eve's sexy machinations. Now he is trapped, and Mallory is a killer who will go from body to body to get what she wants.
In my opinion, soul transference is a delightfully thought reviving subject. It can evoke provocative philosophical discussions. I enjoyed reading this book, but wouldn't do so again or go to a theater to see an adaptation of it.
Far superior books are Dead Sleep and 24 Hours, and I hope Iles returns to plausible plots. His characters, as always, are rich and deep, and he weaves the story well with them.