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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739343258
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selena | 2/18/2014

    " I, too, loved the historical fiction portion of this book. The early days of the science of medicine were quite fascinating. One thing that does annoy me a bit is how tightly Gerritsen tied up her novel & how cliche the modern day love story was. Not my thing. Too "Lifetime" made for TV movie-esque... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alvaro | 2/17/2014

    " Good for the first 3 quarters. Awful 4th quarter. What happened? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Just | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down - or make that I didn't want to put it down but children demand attention and to be fed! However, I was fortunate to have a couple of decent blocks of time to read it and read it very quickly as it was such a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/23/2014

    " I picked up this book in the drugstore while I was waiting for a prescription. Took it home, spend a pleasant afternoon sick on the couch with this book. So good. It's one of those books that I can't read fast enough, yet I don't want it to be over. Perfect for what I needed: a good book to lie down and read, relaxing and resting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 1/22/2014

    " This was a good mystery. A couple of times it was a little hard for my mind to focus between the past and present day. All in all a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Poling | 1/13/2014

    " This is a fictional mystery about murders occuruing in the 1830's. It moves from the present when a body is found buried on a new home-owner's land to the time when the ancestors of the property are living in Boston experiencing medical school, grave robbing, poverty and MURDER! It is a very interesting read. I certainly glad that I live in the day of modern medicine!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/11/2014

    " Great read-good characterization, good sense of time, and exceptional example of switching back and forth between two times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wordsrthoughtsok | 11/25/2013

    " My 1st book I read of hers, absolutely fascinating plotlines within past and present and written so well, impossible to put down. having done an english degree it takes a lot to get me to really love a book - could not put this down-finished it over 2 days!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 11/18/2013

    " title got my interest, was disappointed in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/6/2013

    " I loved the switching back and forth in time and the mystery aspect of the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Schultz | 9/22/2013

    " Interesting story line, but pretty gruesome details of early medicine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecelia | 9/4/2013

    " Every so often, I really enjoy reading something of the crime/thriller genre, and this one was really well done. A definite page turner towards the end, with great characters and a very satisfying plot throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 6/2/2013

    " I really liked the story but you have to have a pretty strong stomach. Teas Gerritsen is a very graphic describer of anatomy and in this case autopsies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 4/13/2013

    " Great book. A little too graffic in explaining human dissection in the 1830's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/14/2012

    " YAY! I'm totally psyched to read more books by this author. This was awesome and kept me guessing right up until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Elfring | 7/6/2012

    " Wonderful! She did a great job of switching between the past and the present, artfully done, I never lost where I was when I returned to the "other" time period. A page turner at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndy | 4/28/2012

    " Alternates between present day and 1830. The analogies between the times still surprised me in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regan | 3/14/2012

    " Not as good as her other books -- it was like there were some things thrown in that were just "just because". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta | 7/10/2011

    " Not my favorite Tess Gerritsen book, but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 5/22/2011

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. Loved the story, fascinating really. Loved the jump from present to past and how seamlessly it moved. I haven't found a Gerritsen book I haven't loved. Highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mystery, historical fiction and great storytelling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " looking forward to it, have read the previous 6 novels this one is a stand on its own novel for anyone new to this series I really injoyed it was a fast page turner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albieglad | 4/5/2011

    " I really liked this one...a lot of history in it and the plot was very well integrated into past and present day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 4/2/2011

    " One of the best books i've read in a long time. Took me 2 days to read, couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend this book to more people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsha | 3/25/2011

    " Why is there not a shelf for "abandoned"? I find it hard to believe that such crap got published in the first place and that there are people who will read this stuff. Purple prose, thin plot, the cartoon school of character development. Yuck.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/17/2011

    " It wasn't a page turner for me. I didn't like the flashbacks/flash forwards. Still, enjoyable and a goodread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/15/2011

    " I would recommend this book to any reader! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/14/2011

    " I like that the book is really a story from the 1830's told from the characters point of view as well as the present day through letters from relatives. Very interesting love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 3/11/2011

    " This is an example of Tess Gerritsen's mastery of fiction. As with all of her books, I liked it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hally | 3/7/2011

    " This book was intriguging from page 1. Not only is it wonderfully written, but the detail and compassion put into the historical accuracy in the parallel story is fantastic! She is definitely a talented writer! "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives.