The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Unknown bones, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present in the dazzling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. 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. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, is knowledge lost to another time. . . . Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists"-those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city-from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power-on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity. With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly interweaves the thrilling narratives of its nineteenth- and twenty-first century protagonists, tracing the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Bold, bloody, and brilliant, this is Tess Gerritsen's finest achievement to date.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780345497604
Branch Call Number: M GERR
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 23, 2020

This is my favorite work of hers thus far. This book beautifully told a tale of love, deceit, murder and mystery.
I recommend this book to everyone looking for a good book that will keep you interested and invested in it characters.

Dec 19, 2015

I agree with SeaSpirit!

Apr 04, 2015

This was really good, Gerritsen at the top of her game. The back and forth in time was handled well, and just made for a compelling story and memorable characters. Julia's not fully fleshed out as a character, but the others are (even curmugeonly Harry), and Rose haunts you. Good snapshots of rich/poor life and medicine in the 1830s, even if the dialogue is definitely modern rather than how people back then spoke. Really enjoyed this one

May 08, 2013

Well written novel; the narrative flows very easily. I liked the writer very much.
The Novel take place in 1830 Boston area and present day. About a women who buys a house in the present and finds some bones of women dated during that era back in time.
It tells of a tale of four doctors who uncover a plan to kill the daughter of poor women who gave birth in a hospital. There appears a spectre who is killing the people who might have known about the woman and the baby. An excellent book. I would read much more of her.

Dec 27, 2012

Excellent thriller - the way she goes back and forth between present and past is well done and never confusing. Enjoyed the characters and the historical details.

Aug 18, 2012

Excellent storyline. Loved the swap between 1830 Boston and current day. Couldn't put the book down!! I appreciate Gerritsen's writing ability!!!! I recently read a couple of books whose writing was so elementary.

Jun 12, 2012

I liked how this was set in two separate eras. A good mystery that left me guessing until nearly the end.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 14, 2011

Enjoyed the two plotlines - one from the 19th century and one contemporary - dealing with the history of an old house and the secret behind the bones found buried in its back yard.

Jan 04, 2011

Fantastic blend of two eras. Surprising, while logical, conclusion. Wonderful and loveable characters! Very well developed. This book should come with a disclaimer, however, to not read while eating!

Mar 17, 2010

If you don't have a strong stomach for pain and suffering, this book is not for you.

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