The Bone Garden

  • by Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by Susan Denaker
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

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Back and forth through time

I love novels like this, where a character in the present discovers a previously unknown story about characters from the past. This story starts with the discovery of very old bones in the garden of a home purchased by a woman who was recently divorced. She throws herself into trying to discover whose bones are in her garden and how they happened to get there. The story mostly takes place in the past, as that is where the mystery is, along with a "Ripper" style murderer who is on the loose. There is plenty of action, drama and suspense. This was one of the better downloads I have found on Audible. A good listen.
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Great entertainment, no bones about it...

The Bone Garden is about two mysteries. In the present day, a woman finds a old skeleton of an unidentified woman in her garden. In the 1830's, a serial killer is on the loose in Boston, and this book ties the two stories together. The main characters are medical students and immigrants in early 19th century Boston. The characters are interesting and engaging, the story is exciting, and the historical details are fascinating. The book is well-read, or rather performed. I found myself avoiding the NFL and missing my usual bedtime listening to this book. I enjoyed this book as much as any audio book I have ever purchased. It is well worth the time and money.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio