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've listened to about an hour of Bone Garden and can't listen anymore. I find the writing juvenile and written as though it were the first novel of a 17 year old. Tess Gerritsen is definitely not a Jane Austen who could write when she was 17. The narrator is no better however she does emphasize the "poor, poor me" attitude of the characters.
Less than 3 hours in, and I can't take it anymore. I wish I'd read the reviews before wasting a credit on this book. Maura and Rizzoli are barely in it (other reviews say that's not going to change), and most of it is historical hand-to-forehead-swooning drama. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh!
Loved this book. Maybe it is a bit of a "chick read", but a fascinating story nontheless.
Also a really interesting look at Boston society and the medical profession (and where medicine was) in the 1830s.
Highly recommend (I also thought it was read beautifully.)
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
This is right up there as one of my favorite Gerritsen thrillers. Loved the characters, the narrator was actually decent in this reading, and the historical aspects of present time characters searching to understand a mystery from another century through letters works flawlessly. It seems it would be a tricky thing to pull off to have the past and present jumping back and forth, but the historical elements are fascinating, and the transitions are smooth as glass. Great listen! Highly recommend this one!
This was an interesting book. However the reader should understand that about 95% of the book takes place in the 1800's. I thought it would switch back and forth between the past and the present but it did not as much as I would have liked. Still the narration was absolutely terrific and the book very much worth reading.
I was not impressed with this book at the beginning. The writing seemed simplistic and unoriginal, and the reader's flat, emotionless voice was not something I looked forward to hearing for a long time. However, I was "trapped" in my car, so continued to listen. Once the story moved to 1830's Boston, both writing and reader improved immensely - especially the reader. Susan Deneker's ability with voices rivals Barbara Rosenblat, and from me, there's no higher accolade. I admit I had to fast-forward through some of the more gruesome descriptions, but overall, I really enjoyed the book, especially that it still held some surprises for me at the end.
The author takes you on a journey through history that has you feeling as if you were there. You can appreciate the struggles of the working class during that era. The narator is good but sometimes had the same sounding voice for different characters which sometimes made it hard to follow. Overall a great read.
I've listened to approximately 100 audible books and this one is in my top five recommendations. There are two stories in this book, one from long ago and one from the present. Yet both stories are closely (very) related. This book is one of only two in which I have listened to that catch me by surprise at the end. Please listen to this one.
I lived in New England for five years+, I heard of the author, but never read any of her books. I signed up to Audible on a friends recommendation, when I checked out the variety of books, I came accross The Bone Garden in New Releases. The author's name caught my eye, so I figured I would select it..
weeks later, I have referred the author/service to other friends.. I am so hooked on audible and this author's stories...it makes me sad when I get to work every morning, cause I know story time is over.
If you like mysteries and history you will love the Bone Garden, the details are amazing...
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