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What a Read,, My Favourite Gerritsen yet!!!,
This review is from: The Bone Garden (Paperback)
Not your usual Gerritsen read.. Set way way back in the 1830's this book focus' on the West End Reaper. It is a historical thriller which pulls in the likes of Oliver Wendall-Holmes senior and makes an excellent play on the name Burke.
Set in and around the comings and going of a teaching hospital with high demand for cadavers and an epidemic of child bed fever! The story twists and turns and really is rather exciting! We are taken through the high drama of the gentry, the flirtatious habits of silly teenagers, and the brutality of early surgery (with out anesthesia, might I add.) We experience the different classes with in a small community, and we see, how through love (and murder) the classes become intertwined. After all, under the pomp and circumstance, we are all made up of the same vital organs.
What I will say, is that it is pretty mislabeled by linking it in with the other Isles and Rizzoli novels, and should be a stand alone novel. I think it would be better received if this was the case, and people pick the book up and expect something different, how ever, it is still an amazing read.
More like this please Tess!!
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2012 19:59:59 GMT
Mr. T. SWAIN says:
This is the first time I have ever read Tess Gerritsen and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, recommended by my reading group. I can't believe the people who say they didn't find it as gripping as other TG books.For me, I could barely put it down. For a start, it was extremely well written. The writer succeeds in depicting an historical period with great conviction and is quite superb at developing character. The personality of Rose stands out like a beacon against the putrid darkness of both her contemporary society and the figures lurking in the foggy dark.I actually found it gripping as a plot with plenty of twists and turns but found the most interesting features the ignorance of medical practitioners of the time, the frightening diseases which carried off one in four young mothers after childbirth and the sheer grinding poverty of "ordinary" people at the time.Yes, there is social comment and I enjoyed that immensely. All in all a fabulous book with, in my opinion, so much more depth than, for example, you might find in a Lee Childs or Faye Kellerman "thriller".A tour de force.
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