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.
I thought this book was very interesting. I loved how it went back in forth between past and present. I work in the medical field and I thought that it was very interesting to hear how they did things back then, even if fictional. I would highly recommend this book. It was probably one of her best books. I have read them all and really enjoy her works.
Although this was a departure from Tess Gerritsen's usual genre, it was immensely interesting. Her depiction of Boston in the 1830's seemed so real and detailed. The difference in circumstance of the haves and have nots was facinating. There was a great deal of detail about medical procedures and the resurrectionist of that era. When the book ended, I felt as though I had been on a time travel trip. For days after, I found myself thinking about the characters. Definitely a great choice!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the dichotomy of this book, and felt the writer had the jumping back and forth flowig very well. Some of the scenes were rather gory sounding, since I often eat my lunch in my car happily listening to a book, but all were bearable. I have enjoyed Ms. Gerritsen's books before and will gladly read another.
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!
The Bone Garden has been in my library since purchased in 2008. Thought I better get to it!! Lovely story. The Bone Garden is a page turning novel. A recently divorced woman purchases an old house and finds the ancient remains of a woman crudely buried in her yard. The local police aren’t particularly interested; the skeletal remains are over 100 years old. However, it would seem this body was the victim of murder. The house once belonged to a woman who saved a myriad of papers that were hauled away to the residence of a distant relative, an old man living alone. Thus is the thrust of The Bone Garden.
The author bounces time from the 1830s to modern day with seamless ease. The story unfolds primarily through letters. Who murdered this woman. Who is she? You’ll have fun figuring it out, and be convinced a few times that you know who it is … but …
The romance element is subtle and cute, and fade-to-black. The characters are all well defined. Narration by Susan Denaker is good, male and female voice alike. You’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who.
A fun mystery. Enjoy!!
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