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The Bone Garden | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Bone Garden

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.
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Publisher's Summary

Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil - human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists" � those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly traces the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking.

Solve another case with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.

©2007 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

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    Rosanna Granada Hills, CA, USA 10-19-07
    Rosanna Granada Hills, CA, USA 10-19-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Depressing"

    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.

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    James Wimberley, TX, USA 10-19-07
    James Wimberley, TX, USA 10-19-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    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.

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    Essica Laurel, MD, USA 10-19-07
    Essica Laurel, MD, USA 10-19-07
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    "Romance?"

    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.

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    Penni Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA 10-15-07
    Penni Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA 10-15-07
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    "Not one of her usual thrillers"

    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.

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    Carol B. 10-15-07
    Carol B. 10-15-07

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    "Worth the read"

    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!

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    Patricia Healdsburg, CA, USA 05-26-08
    Patricia Healdsburg, CA, USA 05-26-08
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    "The Bone Garden"

    Best book I have done in a long time.

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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-01-09
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a good choice for Tess fans."

    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.

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    MICHAEL Landenberg, PA 06-19-09
    MICHAEL Landenberg, PA 06-19-09 Member Since 2010
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    "very inteligent"

    This was a terific listen. The conclusions to the story lines were not just laid out on the table, but some inferred.

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    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 07-09-08
    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 07-09-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Ran too long"

    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.

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    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
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    "Good back and forth mystery"

    Good characterization of Boston in the 1830s, well-constructed mystery. I was disappointed by the ooey-gooey ending.

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