The Bone Garden audio is one of the most depressing books I have ever listened to. Gerritsen goes way over the top with death, betrayal, horror and loss. The autopsy scenes are too graphic: guts “plopping” into a bucket or the stench of death from young women dying of childbirth fever are more than I want to visualize or hear. Love gained and lost too quickly adds to the somber theme of this book. With all the horror and negativity, it would have been worth the time if the "fairy tale" ending had actually worked. But the relationship between the secondary characters wasn’t developed enough to make it believable. If I had known that this book was so negative about life, I wouldn’t have bothered. There are other authors out they that can write a good thriller/mystery and when you finish, you feel that it was worth the time to listen or read. That was not the case with this book.
Thrillers should thrill. The first quarter that I read is a dreary, maudlin tear-jerker. Dickens without the genius, but with dripping gobs of necrophilic imagery. Relies for impact on a gruel of melodrama and disgust.
I must say I was VERY disappointed in this book. Usually I finish a Gerritsen book in a week,(only listen during commute)but this book took me two weeks and only because I forced myself. You would think with a title of Bone Garden you would be in for a good read, alas it is not to be. Expected suspense and got quirky romance.
I was disappointed with this book. I absolutely love Tess Gerritsen because of her attention to detail in her medical thrillers. This was not anything like her previous books. She took a different path and wrote about a past life that intersects with the present day. I would consider this novel more like a drama.
This book had a slow start. It is not the normal Tess Gassison,"edge of seat" read. But it was worth staying with. The plot is intricate and once all the foundation was set, the pace sped up to a satisfying ending.
I enjoyed this book!
Boring-changes centuries doesn't flow, not cohesive. Story very jerky. After the first download section, I was wondering why I was still listening to this. Only reason for two stars was for some of the historical references.
I liked the underlining storyline; but, I found the going back and forth from the present to the past was alittle confusing and boring. I found both sets of characters quite entertaining. I felt for them. I could predict how the book was going to end.