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Present day: Julia Hamill makes 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 long ago....Boston, 1830: To pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined thPresent day: Julia Hamill makes 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 long ago....Boston, 1830: 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. Norris now finds himself the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. Joined by a sardonic young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris sets out to prove his innocence and track down a maniacal fiend-part of the dark mystery reaching across centuries to the present-day world of Julia Hamill...

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ISBN : 9780345497611
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Number of Pages : 502 Pages
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The Bone Garden Reviews

  • PaigeBookdragon
    2019-02-22 08:58

    You know the problem of writing reviews for books like this? It makes you stupid. Like "What am I going to write?How am I going to explain to them that this book makes me feel fucking lonely and satisfied at the same time?Side note: I never thought that loneliness and satisfaction combined is like floating in the middle of the Dead Sea contemplating life and shit. Does it makes sense? No? Then good. It doesn't make sense to me either.When I finished The Bone Garden my face is exactly like this:No fucking joke.I'm going to tell you why this book deserves my 5 star.1. The fact that Tess Gerritsen knows how to make you crazy. You're like reading this chapter of a certain era and it's getting scary and full of suspense and she'll be like: "Wait, lemme end this chapter and transfer you back to the other time.Trololol!Isn't it adorable?2. Rose ConnollyThis is going to be a character appreciation:Rose, as you can say, is the heroine of this book( not Julia). She belonged in Boston 1830 and I just want to tell those who can read this review: She rocks.She's not the normal badass heroine that I usually like.You have to remember, this is 1830, the time when horses were treated more fairly than women. She didn't start a revolution. She didn't end a war. She just endured and fought for her and her niece's life.Remember that saying thatmen may be stronger but it is women who endure. Rose Connolly endured and with that she shows her strength.*bow**cue exit*

  • Laurel
    2019-03-11 04:17

    A page-turner historical fiction/whodunit with some fascinating (and gruesome) glimpses of early 1800s medical school training in the US. Written by a physician - a quick read that will make you grateful you live now instead of then! One of the characters is Oliver Wendell Holmes, not the Supreme Court judge, but his father, who, in 1843, introduced a new practice to American medicine in an attempt to control "childbed fever"...suggesting that physicians wash their hands between patients.

  • Margitte
    2019-03-02 09:15

    Newly divorced, Julia Hamill, buys a house and discovers a skeleton in her front garden. Looking for answers to the ancient mystery dating back to 1830, she soon connects with the family of the previous owners. In a parallel tale, the mystery is solved, leaving the reader in utmost surprise and awe.This is one of those perfect suspense thrillers with a nerve-tingling impact reminiscent of the best of the all-time crime writers. The standard of the writing is just way above average. I started this book about five years ago, and forgot about it. This morning, during a power cut, I was looking through my book shelves for something entertaining to read(at least a book which did not need batteries, for crying out loud!) and rediscovered this book. For some or other reason I had to put it aside and I couldn't remember why. I immediately got lost between the pages again. I just couldn't believe that I did not finish it five years ago. The power cut lasted the entire day. I ended up reading the final chapters in the light of candles. A perfect setting to enjoy a book playing itself out in the 1800s with candles in old windows and dark streets full of bad people. :-) I sat on the edge of my seat in the kitchen, serving guests, running back to the book in the kitchen, then out at the tables again, so happy to see 'normal' people. lolol. The tale was just too mesmerizing, too gripping to leave me alone. But was I glad when the power switched on again!. Oh dear, I almost did not make it with this book in hand.The plot is masterfully done and the ending was unexpected. The whole atmosphere of the book is so real! It reminded me once again of Dr. Kay Scarpetta's murder mystery series by Patricia Cornwell, and a little bit of Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.I was surprised afterwards to learn that the author is also a medical doctor, which explains my initial thoughts about the writing style and execution of the plot. (The Reaper executed the characters in the plot!!) :-))An amazing read! A grizzly, but really unforgettable experience!

  • Jonetta
    2019-02-23 03:01

    This is an interesting story of two time periods that will ultimately converge through the characters. Julia Hamill, newly divorced, has just purchased a new home and is working the garden when she discovers human remains. It's determined that they are over 100 years old. Julia, with the help of the brother of the previous owner, researches old letters that provide a compelling story of Rose Connelly, a young seamstress living in Boston in the 1830s. Rose Connelly's story is the substance of the mystery. She struggles to keep and take care of her newborn niece after her sister dies soon after childbirth. Medical students Norris Marshall and Oliver Wendell Holmes become involved when Rose and Norris both witness the Grim Reaper at separate murderous occasions. Meanwhile, someone has an inordinate interest in finding Rose's niece, Meggie. The transitions between present day and the year 1830 were done pretty seamlessly. Including Oliver Wendell Holmes in this tale provided an interesting medical backdrop, giving us insight into the crudeness of the field of medicine in that era. There are surprising twists that you won't see coming but are completely plausible. The present day story, however, lacks the depth and character substance found in the 1830s story but it doesn't detract from the strength of the book overall. The suggested connections at the end were not sufficient to salvage the one-dimensional aspect of the present day characters. I enjoyed this story made more pleasurable by listening to the audiobook, even with the issues described earlier.

  • Buggy
    2019-03-16 03:07

    Opening line: “So this is how a marriage ends, thought Julia Hamill as she rammed the shovel into the soil.”This was a very good read although not quite what I was expecting. The Bone Garden is two stories woven into one; starting with Julie Hamill in present day who has just purchased a new (old) house in Boston following her divorce. While attempting to dig a garden she makes a horrifying discovery –a human skull. According to medical examiner Maura Isles (who only has a cameo in this book) the skull is very old, belongs to a woman and has the unmistakable marks of murder. This information sends Julia on a quest to find the story behind her death and sends the reader back to the 1830’s and the hunt for the West End Reaper. Back in 1830 we follow Rose Connelly, a poor Irish immigrant trying to care for her newly orphaned niece and Norris Marshal, a struggling medical student. Their paths intersect at a teaching hospital as Rose’s sister lies dying from childbed fever and then again later when Rose witnesses a murder and Norris unwittingly becomes the chief suspect after he stumbles across the latest victim. Together they join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby which seems to be at the heart of the mystery.I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, setting things up in both timelines and Gerritsen plays with the reader by ending each section on a bit of a cliff-hanger, forcing you to keep turning the pages. There are many well developed secondary characters in both time lines including a resurrectionist (grave robber) who digs up corpses from graveyards for sale on the black market (worth 25$ and totally gruesome)Speaking of which, Gerritsen goes into graphic 1830’s medical detail here, I mean I learned everything I didn’t want to know about childbed fever and how to amputate an arm. And you will be shaking your head (and shuddering) as the simple concept of washing your hands didn’t exist. Imagine the consequences of handling diseased corpses and then going from bed to bed checking pregnant woman!In modern Boston Julia teams up with Henry, an ornery 89yr old with a cellar full of wine and boxes of documents and personal letters belonging to the previous owner of her house and dating back to the time of the murders. -Henry was one of my favourite characters in the book. We also see the spark of a romance beginning with her cute dog walking neighbor.As the book progressed we spent more and more time in 1830 until those sections took over completely. I actually would have preferred a more balanced split between the two as modern day Julia was left a little vague and honestly I was ready for the olden day mystery to wrap up long before it did. The attention to the detail of that time is astonishing, especially the medical stuff and the brutality of living in a Boston slum. Gerritsen‘s writing is always topnotch, with persistent suspense, a touch of romance, well developed characters, attention to detail and as usual she puts her medical training to chilling good use. Cheers.396jb4

  • Ken Consaul
    2019-03-17 06:09

    This is my second foray into Tess Gerritsen's books. I enjoyed about eighty percent of this one. As anyone who has read The Bone Garden, they can guess which eighty percent I'm talking about.I really don't see what the present day tie in had to do with the story. Essentially (not really a spoiler), a woman buys a house, finds a skull when gardening. The famous Maura Isles shows up, appears on two pages to tell the reader she has nothing to do with the story. The rest of the present day segments revolve around going through a dozen boxes of old newspapers. At the end, the main story is tied to the present day one with some kind of mystical reincarnation link.Now that complaint is out of the way, the main part of the story, the medical history/mystery in 1830 was first rate. Learned something about the sad state of medicine in the era, graverobbers, the plight of the poor and had a pretty good whodunit thrown in. I'm always a little disappointed when the murderer turns out to be a character that's pretty much been on the sidelines. Not giving anything away but the motive for the killing is barely plausible and the killer manages to be perfectly normal except when they are out killing people.It seemed to me the author created the present day scenes simply to put Isles in the story as a cameo.

  • KD
    2019-02-20 10:03

    At first, I was quite perplexed over the present day/historical split as the present day story seemed thin with the majority of the tale taking place in the 1830's. In the end, the story came full circle, providing that connection for the characters in both eras. I thought the details regarding medicine of the 1800's was fantastically gruesome and superbly done (and as many other reviews have stated, made me VERY happy to be a woman today!) with descriptions so rich your could almostsmellthe air the characters breathed (not always a pleasant thing!) The end of the story introduced a concept not bridged anywhere else in the story, either in present day or the past. This was sort of a 'new age' idea and while I enjoyed it and thought it well written, I am not sure it fit the story completely. It seemed a bit out of place. That being said, it was a subtle reference that added more to the story if the reader doesn't miss it. All in all, a great and easy read. This book has made me a fan, and I look forward to reading more from Tess Gerritsen.

  • Sibyl
    2019-03-07 05:12

    I just finished reading The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. As I thought about writing a review of the book I decided to mention where I had read an interview with her--the one that led me to select this book to read. As happens more and more often, I couldn’t locate the darn magazine or remember which one the article was in. My thoughts drifted farther afield to consider in my review, how had I missed reading Gerritsen until now? One more step lodged itself in this zigzagging brain, what is my criteria for a reading list? How many more wonderful authors are there out there that I have yet to read? How do I find them? All of these considerations are to say: how have I missed reading anything by Tess Gerritsen until now? Tearing up (that is, tears) as a book is ending is definitely a sign that my emotions have been engaged. As The Bone Garden was ending, those tears welled up as I sensed such a satisfaction as to how she knitted together the skeins: characters, plot, history, and the true-to-life facts of a real life historical person. This is a tour-de-force. First, the novel. Weaving the past with the present, using a century’s batch of letters to further her story, drawing the reader into the lives of her characters from the present and the past--truly, these are the hallmarks of a seasoned writer. Pleased am I to write that this book is going to become a favorite of mine. The title of the book? It directly relates to the story. There were bones she discovered as she was digging in her garden. The title is not like one of those book titles that really is clever but fails to bring to mind what the book is about. Do I really need to supply examples here? Gerritsen is a physician. This book contains grizzly operating room scenes where handfulls of internal organs are pulled out of dead bodies and deposited quickly into buckets so as to not plop onto floors. How medicine was practiced, and learned, in the 19th century is a central feature of the book. Not a very pretty history the medical learning curve, yet the truth leads ultimately to solving serious health issues that were horrible then but their remedies are today accepted as common practice. Gerritsen deftly leads her reader along, crediting one of her characters with reforms that are undeniably normal procedure in today’s medical setting. I wash my hands after every visit to the restroom, I wash them after every session of digging in the dirt, again after chopping up a chicken; these are accepted standards of cleanliness. Such standards were not always known or accepted, were even scoffed at before common acceptance. This novel dwells on situations of cleanliness in the operating setting, but they are not oppressively drawn out in such a way as to make the reader say “enough, already”.Second for consideration, how do I decide what I want to read? I have changed my standards over the years to accept the influence of the internet. Formerly, when I read a book I liked I would search the author’s other works and read them. This technique worked handily when I had access to the Main Library stacks at the University of Texas at Austin. I plowed through all the works of all the authors, sequentially, because they were all in the library.So it seems I’ve always used a system of finding worthy books to read. Another system I used was recommendations I heard while listening to public radio. Then again when I was heavily into mysteries and discovered that various organizations made annual awards for their best of the year books, their selections became my criteria. With the rise of the internet I learned to sort through lists on Amazon which relied upon readers’ criteria. Lately, as I have been writing my own story I have read writer’s magazines and interviews with authors. Though I still can not locate the interview, that is how I stumbled upon Tess Gerritsen’s works. Third point: how am I going to continue to find new authors of merit? The field is now strewn with so many best sellers whose books I’ve read and felt wasted my time that I’ve discarded the category of ‘best seller’ as a criterion. Interviews of authors on public radio frequently lead me to read works I’d normally miss, or not choose to read. Reviews of books I’ve heard on public radio often lead me to search for those books. Recommendations by friends often lead me to look at authors I’ve not read. Reading magazine articles by certain writers sometimes leads me to their other longer works. A couple of times, an interview of public television has led me to an author of interest. Do I go to the library and browse for a title that looks interesting. Nope. Do I check out the New York best seller list? Yes. Do I follow up by selecting a book on the list? Not unless I recognize the author. Do I follow Oprah’s selections? Not after I read a couple of them and they were not that interesting. I recently began writing myself after joining an organization that enourages women to write their memoirs. The network was founded by an author so I decided to read several of her books. They are what I consider light-weight mysteries, interesting because of their localized setting, and each one has a bit of a deeper message once past the chatty and high volume of characters. If I was into cooking there are many recipes scattered through the various books and that is fun. But am I gripped by the books, not really. So I will now proceed through some of Tess Gerritsen’s writings, keeping an eye out for some of my favorite author’s latest publications. I’ll hope to be surprised by discovering an author of uncompromising worth as I daily pick up something good to read.

  • Seda
    2019-02-28 06:04

    Tess'e ne kadar yıldız verseniz de hakettiğinin yanında az kalır. Bu zamana kadar okuduğum Tess romanlarının hiçbirine benzemiyordu. Bir Tess hikayesinin sonunda ağladım, hala şoktayım. 1830 da geçen hikayeyi nasıl bir beyin tasarlar, kalema alır anlam veremedim. Tüm detaylar çok güzel anlatılmış, hiçbir ayrıntı boş yere verilmemiş. O kadar güzel bir kurgu var ki kitap bitince ağzı açık kalıyor insanın. Nefes almadan okunuyor, katil kim ya da olaylar nereye gidecek diye merak etmeye vaktiniz kalmıyor. Sonunda da 😳😳😳😱😱😱şok şok...Şimdiki zamanda geçen hikayenin bağlandığı yer de tam benim gibi aşk romanlarını seven okurlar için yazılmış. Gözü yaşlı bir şekilde sonunu okurken yüzümde tebessüm oluşturdu en azından. Tarzının nadir örneklerinden biri bence bu kitap. Son sayfalara kadar tam bir gizem içeriyor. Üstüste açıklanan olaylarla, kitabı merak içinde okuyanları tatmin ediyor.

  • Yz the Whyz
    2019-03-03 08:21

    Not an author or a genre I would have picked up on my own, if she was not a Featured Author in the RRRC group.The Bone Garden weaves two stories in two different time - one in the past and the other in the present. In the past, it follows the lives of Rose Connelly, a poor Irish girl trying to protect her newly-orphaned niece and Norris Marshall, a struggling student doctor, and how fate had intertwined their paths, both joyous and poignant. We read about them through letters read by our modern heroine Julia Hamill while going through old papers, related to her house and the bones she found in her garden.The novel was written with sharp precision, keeping me on edge all along. There are times the details are too graphic and gory for my weak stomach, but I have to continue on. By the time, I reached the last disc, I was too involved with Rose and Norris relationships that I was crying at how their story ended.Part of the five stars that I gave to this book is due to the narrator of the audiobook, Susan Denaker (spelling?). Wonderful narrator and really brought the book to life for me.I may not read another book by Tess Gerritsen - too little romance for my romantic heart, too much gore for my weak constitution - but I did not regret listening to this novel.

  • Sara
    2019-03-14 10:14

    Yay new shelf! So this is what I'm gonna call a "kitchen sink" book. Meaning Ms. Tess Gerritsen decided to throw everything and the kitchen sink into this pretty average but well written mystery. We've got;1.)A modern day heroine going through a difficult divorce that is ENTIRELY the fault of her awful husband who's bought a fixer upper that of COURSE has a body in the backyard. Oh no!!!! How did that happen!? There's something weird going on around here!2.)And of course said body is a few hundred years old which propels us right back into a whole lot of 1830's flashbacks where we get to learn all about how horrible practicing medicine was! We learn all sorts of interesting historical tidbits about body snatching and childbed fever and how crazy everyone thought it was to wash their hands! 3.)In the present our heroine meets a lovable curmudgeon who happens to have all of the history about her fixer upper stored in boxes in his house! Even though no one else likes him she gets him! They're friends! They read lots of old letters and he acts like a curmudgeon! Awwww! Ooohhhhh and he has a cute out there heroine!!!!!4.)Back in the past no one likes Irish immigrants! They steal things! Everyone calls them "Bridget!" We meet a "Bridget" with red hair who doesn't cater to the establishment! She's plucky! She has red hair! She won't let these mean doctors tell her what to do!5.)We also meet a farm hand who wants to be a doctor! He's reaaalllyyy handsome and he's smarter then EVERYONE!!! He thinks bleeding people is stupid!!! Watch it there uppity farm hand!!! 6.)Uh oh someone is skulking around in a long black cloak killing women in a vaguely ritualistic manner!!! Uh oh farm hand and Bridget keep arriving on the scene at inconvenient times!!! the "night watch" thinks they did it!!!! Mean "night watch!"7.)Ohhhh the police are so stupid!!! There's one who's so stupid he keeps arresting the wrong people!!! Stupid police!8.) Hey is that Oliver Wendall Holmes? What's he doing here? Who cares! 9.) Back in the present curmudgeon and heroine keep on reading letters and the nephew is a doctor!!! Ohhh snap him up heroine!!!10.)Awwww Bridget and the farm hand are in love! What? They've only had one conversation? Who cares!!!!11.)Hey how about a random subplot about body snatching so we can make a weird joke about Burke and Hare!!!!12.)Does anybody still care about that skeleton in heroine's backyard? Oh you'll conveniently wrap that up on the literal last page of the book!? Okay then!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-15 05:54

    Sometimes you take a chance on a book and it pays off, sometimes you regret it. This was a case of regret. Though the book started with a promising mystery the protagonist in the current-day plot line was a namby-pamby and hard to identify with. The storyline in the past was more interesting but the contrast between the two left the book off-balance. It was OK until nine-tenths of the way through it took a turn toward romantic drivel in the past plot line which soon ended tragically. I don't have a problem with the tragic end but it was tempered by the intimation that the romance continued reincarnated in the modern day plot which was just lame. There was a plot twist that had me moderately interested for a short time but when the evildoer was finally revealed the mystery seemed to lose interest in itself. There was no final answer given as to whether that person committed the Ripper-style murders or was only behind them. Characters actually considered not telling the public which strained credulity. To have limped through the entire book and have this be the payoff felt like a punishment for making a poor choice!

  • Cherie
    2019-03-15 09:58

    Fantastic! I loved every minute of the story of a woman who dug up more then she ever expected in the weed choked garden of her recently purchased old home.The search to see if she could puzzle out the identity of the unknown woman who's bones she had discovered involved a story line spanning back almost two hundred years. The story in the past involved some Boston history, early medical practices in American medicine, poor Irish immigrants, young medical students, and a young woman who would not abandon those she loves. I listened to this book, narrated beautifully by Susan Denaker.

  • Ariana Fae
    2019-03-18 05:55

    I just finished the BONE GARDEN by Tess Gerritsen. Words to describe what’s in this story: suspense, mystery, misogyny, betrayal, racism, gruesome images, family ties, friendship, reincarnation and bitter sweet romance, which had my eyes glued to the pages of this book.One of the things I loved was how Mrs. Gerritsen showed glimpses of 1800’s medical training in the US. It was gruesome, shocking and so realistic. Another was how the Resurrectionist (grave robbers) operated and what they had to go through to obtain cadavers for the medical schools. This story taught you so much about the early 1800’s from the plight of the poor, racism against the Irish and how women were looked at and treated by men of that day.Of course all the above is brilliantly intertwined by Mrs.Gerritsen’s skillful writing, her world building and creating wonderful characters you want to root for or despise. It was a book I truly enjoyed reading and learning from. I would recommend this to any historical reader who loves mystery and suspense tied into a great package.

  • Janice
    2019-02-28 08:05

    This book sat on my bookshelf collecting dust and may have still been there if it hadn't been for the Geocaching challenge. I'm so glad that I didn't leave it to sit any longer.One of Tess Gerritsen's medical mystery collection, the story is split between the present day and 1830. When Julia digs up a skeleton in her newly acquired garden, she unearths a 200 year old mystery. I really enjoyed the story about a young medical student in 1830's Boston. Secondary to the mystery was the medical history - women dying of childbed fever, the competitive business of supplying cadavers to the teaching hospitals, and the attitudes of the medical community.I debated about giving this 5 stars, I was so engaged in the story. I'll certainly be reading more of Tess Gerritsen.

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-03-16 07:01

    I'm just going to C + P my one status update for this book because it sums up my feelings/thoughts:The weakest parts of the book are the modern day portions. The past portions are very well done. This book was a very mixed read for me.

  • Debra
    2019-02-24 04:16

    Loved the historical aspects. Was busy throughout the book looking up stuff on the internet. Great stuff, but not for the weak of stomach. Some very gruesome scenes. The mystery was well done too; kept me turning the pages along with a sincere concern for the main characters.

  • Fred
    2019-02-20 03:12

    Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link When started I found it difficult - 10/2017 - abandonedHad bad logic between past & present to follow

  • Clare K. R.
    2019-03-16 03:23

    Would have given this 3.5 stars if I could. I would definitely have given it at least four stars if the novel had only been the historical parts of the book, without the modern-day parts.The two sections just didn't mesh well. I suspect the author just wanted to include a modern-day section as a hook for readers who are used to her contemporary mysteries. The modern-day section only has two connections to the historical mystery: the main character finds one of the bodies in her garden, and some of the other characters are related to some of the major characters in the historical part. There are hints of a mystery in the modern-day part, but it never goes anywhere. In fact, after the first few chapters the modern-day part mostly consists of the characters going through letters and, apparently, learning exactly what we're reading in the historical chapters.I was, somewhat surprisingly, disappointed by the revelation of the identity of the killer, (view spoiler)[Eliza Lackaway. Normally, I'm really into the kind of motive she had: a desperate woman in a restrictive society, unable to gain her own power or inheritance, does whatever she can to ensure her son gets what she can't. But I just can't see a Victorian woman, no matter how much anger she has in her, committing murders like these. In fact, that's exactly the point. The murders committed in this book are not, for the most part, rage murders. They are cold, calculating, and quite absurdly cruel. I didn't see any of that in Eliza Lackaway, except when she was actually committing murders and hiding the bodies. It wasn't in her motive.Both romances in the book were seriously underdeveloped (Tom/Julia and Rose/Norris). There were obviously significant portions of time that weren't clearly written out, and romantic things must have happened during those portions, but they were barely even hinted at. The only reason I know things must have happened is because the romances are further along. That made it feel like the romances were happening really quickly, and made me lose some respect for the characters.Finally, the whole suggestion of reincarnation in the modern-day portion was just weird. For one thing, it wasn't explicit, so I imagine that people who don't believe in reincarnation and/or aren't fantasy readers wouldn't pick it up. For another, it was... well, irrelevant. I think the idea might have been that the historical portions, at least from Rose's perspective, were actually Julia's dreams? Oh, and Tom looked just like Norris, because he was related to and reincarnated from him. I guess. Irrelevant and bizarre. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kim
    2019-03-21 07:12

    Fabulous whodunnit with an interesting twist - the story is related in the present day via letters found written by people in the 1800's. This can be qualified as all of these - historical fiction/suspense/mystery/romance/horror/biography - all in one book. The related story is tied to a house that is purchased by the main character at the start of the book. I listened to this via audio & I have to say it is one of the best presented audiobooks I've read to date. Extraordinary reader - I can never believe how some readers can pull off being so many different voices & personalities! I'm so impressed each time I come across a reader who does this so well. There is alot of material going on at the same time which is why I've removed one star. For me, it was hard to keep track of so many different characters. It's important to be able to keep track of them all so that when it comes down to the end you'll have a full understanding of what's happened. Otherwise, this was one of the best mysteries I've read at least all year. I loooove mysteries but I've been overlooking them lately as they seemed to have become too monotonous, predictable....etc. However, this is a very well thought mystery. I love all of the constant action, but again - it got too confusing at times. Still, it all comes together very well although the end was slightly disappointing. Brilliant mystery, brilliant writing. I've never read Tess Gerritsen before - this book has certainly caught my attention & I will remember to pick up some more by her in the future!

  • Sandra Bašić
    2019-02-21 06:20

    Priča ovog Tessinog romana započinje kad Julia Hamill u svom vrtu nailazi na ljudski kostur. Uz pomoć antropoloških forenzičara otkriva da se radi o ženskoj osobi koja je u 19. st. umrla nasilnom smrću. Većina radnje bazirana je na Boston 1830.-ih u kojoj su žene masovno umirale od porodiljne groznice, koju su širili liječnici zbog sindroma prljavih ruku.Norris Marshall je student medicine, siromašni farmer, koji postaje pljačkaš grobova kako bi se uzdržavao, opskrbljujući fakultet leševima potrebnim za seciranje. A tada kreću umorstva dvije medicinske sestre i liječnika, ubojice nazvanog Žeteoc s West Enda. Upravo će Norris zajedno s Rose Connolly biti na udaru policije kao osumnjičenik, jer se uvijek pojavljuje na mjestima zločina.Ova Tessina knjiga je puno drugačija od onih iz serijala Rizzoli/Isles i meni je osobno izvrsno opisan taj izlet u prošlost, koji prati razvoj medicine. Jedan od studenata Oliver Wendell Holmes je stvaran lik koji je i otkrio uzrok umiranja žena i uveo jednu, za ono vrijeme, novu metodu – pranje ruku. Danas to može zvučati smiješno ali u ono vrijeme to je bilo veliko otkriće, poput otkrića penicilina.Napetosti svakako ne nedostaje, klupko se polagano odmotava, povezujući prošlost i sadašnjost a ljubiteljima Tessinih romana, svakako velika preporuka.

  • D.C. Menard
    2019-03-20 06:54

    By far the best of Gerritsen's books that I have read.The book takes us back into the 1800's, looking at a life that has long since been forgotten. A young Irish girl, fresh off the boat watches in misery as her dear sister dies of childbirth fever. And when she refuses to hand over the child, a string of events is set into motion. A killer emerges, killing every nurse and doctor who stood watch as the girl shared the last of her secrets before she died. And the blame for these murders is placed on the shoulders of a young doctor, Norris, who has had to make his own way in the world.It is indeed a gripping tale, fueled by brief moments in the present world where Julia has recently bought a house, and uncovered a set of bones where she would plant her garden. Unable to forget the bones, she goes in search of the past. Through letters written by one Oliver Wendall Holmes, she uncovers the truth.This book is unlike anything that Gerritsen has written. More than any of her books I found I could not put it down. I was preoccupied with the characters and the events that were unfolding no matter what else I was working on. This book was utterly fantastic. I don't think I can describe it in any other way. I am certain that I will be reading it again in the future.

  • Marta Tandori
    2019-02-25 05:08

    A Perfect Blend of Past and PresentThis is truly one of my favorite books by Tess Gerritsen - and I've read them all! The book alternates between two story lines; one that's set in the past and the other in the present. As with all of Gerritsen's books, there's an underlying substance to THE BONE GARDEN and as I got to the last page, I had this sense that I'd actually learned something. The historical story line had me hooked from the get-go with its interesting combination of elements - a sweet love story between Rose and her beloved Norrie, the challenges facing both medical students and the patients in maternity wards in 1830 Boston, grave robbers, the Underground Railroad and a compelling whodunit all rolled into one.

  • Ali Murat
    2019-03-10 09:11

    Bir türlü bitmedi bu kitap... İşkence gibiydi walla.

  • Nida Kazi
    2019-02-26 05:15

    I don't think I've wept so badly for any thrillers I have ever read except this one. I was not expecting this book, this beautifully written yet full of deceit book to actually tear me apart. (I cried for a while and then wrote this) The historical truth captures almost 90% of the whole story. A student of commerce(me) was amazed by the medical aspects of the book (I don't know how). The characters, the setting, the era was described truly. This review will be one of those words that nothing will ever come close to justify this book/story. My first medical thriller/Tess Gerritsen book and most definitely not my last

  • Peg (Marianna) DeMott
    2019-03-17 11:05

    Wow, there were just so many " I didn't know that" in this book that I don't know where to start. And that's exactly why I absolutely loved this book. For instance, justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was a junior. His physician father was probably even more famous in his time than the son, and not just for some amazing contributions to medicine, but also as an essayist who counted Poe, Hawthorn, and Emerson as friends.The Bone Garden, an amazingly well written historical fiction/medical thriller written by a retired physician delves deep into Boston history in this novel set in during the 1830's. Learn about resurrectionists, grave snatching and Bostons Irish immigrants. Most of all, it is an I just I can't stop listening example of great story telling! Another author I'll be seeking out!

  • Laurie Carlson
    2019-02-25 07:21

    This book takes place in the present and the past in the early 1830's. It switches back and forth in an easy way. The author will tell you 'present day' or 1830, so you are NOT lost while reading this. She has even brought in the real Oliver Wendell Holmes. The premise of this book is this so far; a woman buys a new house. While she is gardening, she comes across a complete skeleton. A Forensic Anthropologist is called in and she is working to identify the body. The book goes back to the 1830's, and tells a story about medical students, grave robbers, and a grim reaper who seems to be among the people who live in Boston. It works out that the present day owner of the house does find out who the bones do belong to, while bringing the past into the very present. This book keeps you on the edge of your chair! A very worthwhile read. I AM DONE WITH THIS BOOK!!! I cannot go on to review anymore of this book to avoid SPOILERS! I can suggest to read this book VERY carefully because ALL the clues are right in front of you as you are reading! Tess Gerritsen is very sneaky with her writing! I was astonished at the end of this book! The clues were there all along! I would need to go back and read this a second time to be satisfied enough to actually notice the clues! With the clues being in front of your face, you don't notice them like you would otherwise! Oh, the ending IS good! ENJOY this book! It's a good one!

  • David
    2019-03-02 05:53

    Gerritsen continues to turn out solid thrillers with cleverly plotted mysteries. In this novel, Julia discovers skeleton remains while digging in the garden area of her new home. They turn out to be quite old and a relative of the previous owner thinks he may have a clue as to the owner of the remains is in a box of old correspondence and newspaper clippings that were collected by the house's previous owner. The story flashes back to 1830's Boston and the city is in fear of a gruesome killer on a killing spree. Interspersed into this mystery is the story of a number of medical students, including Oliver Wendell Holmes. The author does a great job with the medical stuff (and she ought to since she is a physician) and the social classes prevelant in Boston at the time. What she churns out is a powerful historical novel with many interesting descriptions of the time period and events taking place. She ties them carefully together in a nice bundle. If the author had chosen to end the book a chapter earlier I'd have given the book another star. The mystery is solved, the story revealed, but then she seeks to inject a supernatural/reincarnation idea into the story that made me utter out loud, "Come on!"

  • Therese
    2019-03-10 06:59

    My favorite micro-genre. Not "medical thriller," I didn't even know that was a thing. But now that I know I'll be happy to read them. No, my favorite kind of story is where there are two mysteries, one in the past and one in the present, and they build and expand and eventually meet in an extremely satisfying way. Like ghost stories that aren't supernatural.The Bone Garden did this well. In the present, Julia finds a skull in the back yard of her new house. In 1830, 17 year old Rose watches her sister die in childbirth and is determined to protect the baby from all the evil people that suddenly want it. HOW ARE THEY CONNECTED?? Well that's the fun part. Also, this book teaches you SO MUCH without you realizing it. I'm glad I was reading it on kindle so I could shoot over to Google and satisfy the curiosity this book triggered. Not because Gerritsen doesn't explain everything, she does very well...but she made me want to SEE what gangrene looked like, what exactly was going on in the body during childbed fever, what Oliver Wendell Holmes poems were was great. I was being intellectually stimulated without knowing it! Like fortifying sugar cereal with vitamins!

  • Dilara
    2019-03-06 06:01

    Of all the Tess Gerristen books I've read, this one has the least focus on Dr. Maura Isles and Det. Jane Rizzolo more. They basically made a "cameo" appearance in the book, but I honestly didn't miss them. The book is about a woman who is starting her life over and buys an old, secluded house. As she is digging her garden, she discovers bones and it catapults her into discovering the mystery that occurred in her own back yard decades and decades ago. I love the historical references in this book and I think this is a book that Gerristen penned to pay particular homage to her medical background. The characters were well-defined and I have such vivid mental images from the book I felt like I actually saw a movie instead.If you haven't read any Gerristen books yet, this is a good first read since but there are some medically graphic details that aren't for the faint of heart.