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The Bone Garden ❮Reading❯ ➳ The Bone Garden ➬ Author Tess Gerritsen – Present dayJulia 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 Present dayJulia 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, 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 The Bone eBook à 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.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 502 pages
  • The Bone Garden
  • Tess Gerritsen
  • English
  • 05 March 2019
  • 9780345497611

About the Author: Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her MDWhile on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction In , her first novel was published Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller.

10 thoughts on “The Bone Garden

  1. Paige Bookdragon Paige Bookdragon says:

    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 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 that men may be stronger but it is women who endure Rose Connolly endured and with that she shows her strength bow cue exit

  2. Laurel Laurel says:

    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.

  3. Margitte Margitte says:

    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

  4. Heather Heather says:

    This book offers readers a glimpse into the sacrifice, powerlessness and horror of the gruesome world of women in the 1800 s I was completely fascinated by the informative foray into the study of medicine presented during this time I was previously unaware of the insatiable need for cadavers required with it s expansion, and of the desperate methods employed to meet the demand In addition to the wealth of historical detail, this book was overflowing with vivid imagery and engaging characters I could not get enough of Holmes, Henry and Rose I would just absolutely love to watch the ocean and drink a bottle of wine with Henry Jack was a terrifyingly real character, who increasingly repulsed me the he was portrayed If you enjoy historical fiction mysteries, this one is a stand alone must read

  5. Jonetta Jonetta says:

    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 pleasurable by listening to the audiobook, even with the issues described earlier.

  6. Daniel Balici Daniel Balici says:

    The Bone Garden is yet another example of Tess Gerritsen at her finest It is the second standalone novel written by this author that I picked out after my experience of Playing with Fire from two years ago While I am a big fan of the Rizzoli and Isles series, as I have emphasized in previous reviews as well as through either 4 or 5 star ratings, I am happy to tell you that the standalone books are equally good and acquaint the reader with a fairly different facet of Gerritsen s remarkable story telling skills The Bone Garden is an excellent and gripping read, a well penned mystery taking in the medical aspects that have come to be considered the author s hallmark, given her physician background, as well as in a partial historical look at Boston in 1830s Temporally, the novel shifts back and forth between past and present, with the latter time period being less extensively covered, having the role to direct the focus towards past events The historical component pays homage to Oliver Wendell Holmes, a physician renowned for his straightforward and revolutionary, hygiene related proposition that medical practitioners should wash their hands properly before and after attending patients so that unnecessary disease transmission and subsequent deceases could be avoided Gerritsen crafted a character mirroring Holmes at the start of the medical school and further, she explored certain realities of 1830s, among them the scarcity of corpses for anatomical dissection at the American medical students disposal, the unlawful practices of snatching and selling cadavers for the sake of medicine and the general stigma associated with Irish immigrants All these are conveyed in the fictional context of a series of gruesome murders as well as the menacing, mysterious interest in a newborn, motherless baby girl Tess Gerritsen wrote an eventful and twisted tale, featuring well developed, likeable characters whose experiences throughout the book were riveting She has also linked intelligently the characters to one another, which in turn resulted in a satisfying, well done denouement My only criticism relates to the way the romance aspect from the past was carried out Even though I anticipated the development of a romantic relationship between Norris and Rose at an early stage of the book, I thought the build up of romance culminating in a mutual declaration of love was too sudden and slightly unrealistic, especially as regards Norris For this reason, I will stick to a 4 4.5 rating Finally, I highly recommend you to read The Bone Garden and everything else Gerritsen has written She can do no wrong and has always been a safe bet for me.

  7. Ken Consaul Ken Consaul says:

    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.

  8. Buggy Buggy says:

    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 and time in 1830 until those sections took over completely I actually would have preferred a 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

  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 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

  10. Sibyl Sibyl says:

    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 and 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 step lodged itself in this zigzagging brain, what is my criteria for a reading list How many 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 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.

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