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Overview

Recent divorcee Julia Hamill has sunk her dwindling life savings into a 200-year-old farmhouse and a twenty-acre plot of woods, fields, and stony soil in rural Massachusetts, where she hopes to recover from her failed marriage. Gardening one afternoon, her spade strikes something hard and unyielding'not a rock, but a human skull. Boston medical examiner Maura Isles quickly determines that this is no recent burial. The skeleton'that of a woman'dates back to the early 1800's, and the forensic evidence indicates foul play. "But too much time has passed," Maura warns Julia. "We'll never know the whole story."

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Boston, 1830: It is an age of disease and pestilence, when doctors with unclean hands unknowingly spread infection as they make their rounds in maternity wards, condemning women to the excruciating death of childbed fever. It is an age when laboring mothers are crammed two to a hospital bed, on dirty sheets still encrusted with the foul effluvia of those who have...

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In an interview, Tess Gerritsen confided why she doesn't outline her novels: "It somehow spoils the surprise for me.... I sit down and let the story take me where it will." She admits that it's not the most efficient writing strategy, "but I enjoy being surprised by how a story evolves, and I think it preserves the surprise for my readers as well." That confident spontaneity resounds in this suspenseful, character-driven story. The Bone Garden is her 12th novel.
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At the start of this disappointing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club), 38-year-old divorcée Julia Hamill discovers a skeleton buried in the garden of the Boston house she's just moved into; the ring found with the remains was in fashion in the 1830s, the fractured bones suggest murder. Flashback to 1830: medical student Norris Marshall, an outcast among his wealthier classmates, meets Rose Connolly in a Boston maternity ward, where Rose's sister recently died of childbirth fever. When several gutted bodies turn up in deserted alleyways, Rose and Norris are the only ones to catch a glimpse of the killer, dubbed the West End Reaper. Norris, Rose and Norris's fellow student, Oliver Wendell Holmes, race to uncover the truth behind the slayings, which will remind many of Jack the Ripper's crimes. In the present, Julia is able to trace their progress with the help of a relative of the house's former owner. Unfortunately, neither the present nor the historical story line maintains the suspense necessary for a whodunit spanning several generations. (Sept.)

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An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.). Julia Hamill, newly divorced and still smarting, purchases an old house outside Boston. Determined to dig a garden, she instead finds the bones of a long-dead woman-the apparent victim of murder-which starts her on a journey to ferret out the story behind her death. Julia connects with Henry, a no-nonsense 89-year-old with boxes of documents that once belonged to the now-deceased previous owner of Julia's home. The two discover a mystery dating back to the 1830s. At the heart of it is a baby named Meggie, born to the beautiful but doomed Irish chambermaid, Aurnia. Married to a man who cares nothing for her, Aurnia lays dying in a maternity ward with her sister, Rose, at her side. Rose, a spirited 17-year-old, takes Meggie to protect her from Aurnia's husband, but soon finds herself the target of a bizarre manhunt. Someone is after the child-and Rose, as well, because she witnessed a horrifying murder. The body count piles up as Rose struggles to remain free of those who would take Meggie from her. Meanwhile, a young medical student becomes the chief suspect of the West End Reaper killings when he stumbles onto another terrible homicide. Although he fights the prospect, eventually he and Rose join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby at the heart of the mysterious deaths. Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen's graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes.
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Praise for The Mephisto Club

“Equally fascinating and horrifying . . . The pages seem to turn themselves.”
–The Boston Globe

“Powerful . . . white-knuckle suspense at its finest.”
–Mississippi Clarion-Ledger

“A potpourri of thrills.”
–Orlando Sentinel

“A tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.”
–Newsday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345497604
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Gerritsen
Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    An Excellent Read

    Haven't done one of these before so bear with me. I happened to pick this book up off the discounted book rack at B&N. What a fortutious selection. I am always looking for new authors and now I have found a great one. This book shifts back and forth between the present and the 1800s. Back when the use of cadavers for medical school disection was not in high favor and legally acquired cadavers were in short supply. The story begins with the discovery of a skull in a present day garden and expands from there. Very suspensful with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I highly recommend this book for fans of mystery novels.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    The Bone Garden

    A lot different from the normal Tess Gerritsen.

    History and mystery what a great combination. Lots of plot twists and interesting insights into the period. Interesting insights into Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr.

    Could not put it down read it straight thru in one sitting.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    A Masterful Tale

    In Tess' recent work, The Bone Garden, the reader is taken back to Boston 1830 where the state of medicine only adds to Tess' ability to chill you straight to the bone. A masterfully weaved tale that will leave you walking away feeling as though you lived at the time and actually knew the characters. Tess seemingly effortlessly and expertly captures all the theatre and feeling of this period that lends so well to a murder mystery. The tale hooks you from the start and delivers you to a mysterious ending full of twists and turns. Grab hold for this ride and keep the lights on! A landmark delivery of suspense, intrigue, and horror as only Tess can deliver it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I don't write reviews but this book demanded it!! This is her BEST writing to date!!!! LOVED IT!!! Can't wait for her next one!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

    An excellent read, well done topical history mystery...

    very well done story relating present to past medical practices in a mystery type setting, with historical names and situational possibilities.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Not the usual

    Loved this book! I did purchase it without really checking the storyline, because I read every Tess Gerritson book. It was so different and so good. Could not put it down!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    A great murder mystery with historical context

    My first TG book and NOT my last! I learned so much about medical practices of the last 19th century from this book. I knew nothing about Oliver Wendell Holmes SR!! Our society has come a long way since then. It was fascinating to read and hard to put down. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Must Read!!!

    I loved this book...it is thrilling on all levels!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    I couldn't put it down!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I had a hard time putting it down and have even read it twice since I bought it. The charcters are complex and I loved how the past tied to the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Splendid!

    Without a doubt, one of the best books I've read in quite a while. Loved everything about it, and hated for it to end. I've since read The Apprentice, which was also good, but I loved this one more. I'm eagerly awaiting her next novel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Enchanting

    I started reading Tess's books a year or so ago. I absolutely LOVE them. This one, I believe, is my favorite. A timeless weaving of past and present, one can get lost in the pages. Beautifully written about love, courage, tragedy and hope. I recommend anyone to read her books, she is truly talented.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Absolutely LOVED it!!!!

    This is my all time favorite book now. I was sad when I finished it because I wanted the story to keep going. I loved the back and forth between present and the past. Highly recommend it for someone not too squeamish as some of the descriptions were very vivid.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    An Exquisite Masterpiece

    A perfect blend of old and new with a complex combination of love, hope, despair and courage. Julia Hamill, recently divorced and angry purchases the former residence of Hilda Chamblett. The old house is in extreme need of repair, similar to Julia¿s own life and she welcomes the house as well as the stories it has to tell. While trying to grow a garden in the rough soil, she comes across the skull of a woman whom was murdered years ago. The bones lead Julia to 89-year-old family Historian Henry Page, uncle to her newly discovered and attractive neighbor Tom Page. As Julia meets with Henry and devours the collection of newspaper articles and letters, she is brought back to Boston in the 1830¿s, and the story of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris Marshall, and Rose Connolly. The tragedy, heartbreak, and mystery surrounding the story of the West End Reaper, flow seemly across the pages in rich and vivid detail making connections to the bones from Julia¿s own backyard. The storyline expertly weaves between the past and the present, filling the pages with such detail the reader becomes emotionally attached to the characters and their lives. The similarities in life that stretch across time are conveyed so well that each person will find appeal within The Bone Garden. Tess Gerritsen uses the power of her words and the story she describes to captivate her readers and give them all their monies worth. A worthy read deserving of the highest praises. Valerie Jones

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    Outstanding walk through time!

    I read this book in less than two days and could hardly stop to put it down. I love how I jumped back in time through the pages and I was so entranced by the gruesome nature of the strangely beautiful story. I've never loved the last sentence of the story so much!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    A very good read!!!

    I really enjoyed this one.. Didn't really want to put it down..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Struggled to the finish

    I found the characters flat and the plot aimless. The subplots were more interesting but left unfinished. This is the 1st Gerritsen book I've read. I'm surprised so many loved this.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    An Unbelievable Tale

    This book is amazing. Yes, it has some element of fright to it, but it also has an incredible love tale to it. After reading it you are left to address what's important in life and how do you show true love to the important people in your life. It also shows you characters rich in integrity, devotion, fearlessness, pride, and intelligence. The characters are 3 dimensional and they compliment a very telling and incredible tale of love gained, lost, and honored. If you enjoy a good scare, it has that element as well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    When I first read the synopses, 'a novel that crosses centuries' with the mundane 'bone garden' as the title, if it had been anyone other than Tess Garritson I wouldn't have picked it up. I am so glad I did! I have yet to read a better inside depiction of the state of the Irish immigrants, and when I think of all of those women suffering from lack of knowledge from male doctors just not washing their hands to check pregnancies. I felt I was there. The back drop felt authentic, the cold, the poverty, the lack of dignity. I am clenching my teeth as I write this. The book was as thrilling as ever, and for this Scots/Irish woman (me) I felt particularly drawn and quartered, yet healed also in some way by knowing a bit more of my sister's lives here. Could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    I could not listen to another book for a week, it was wonderful

    This book was wondeful. When I finished listening to it, I was so caught up in the beautiful story that I could not listen to another story for a week. I had no idea that my favorite mysery writer was also a wonderfully talented writer of another types of fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Great Read

    I love all of her books. This one is no exception. I couldn't put it down. I finished it last night and haven't stopped thinking about it. This book has a great meaning to it. That the past should never be forgotten and how every generation really does effect us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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