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The Bone Garden (Random House Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, 18 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (18 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739327135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739327135
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,834,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fascinating... spectacularly gory... fast-paced." (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If it's gripping, it's Gerritsen. The chilling bestseller that goes back in time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book had me hooked after only a few pages and I could put it down till I had finished it. A fantastic insight into 1830s Boston and to Victorian Medicine. Gerritsen has pulled on her own medical knowledge fantastically to tell this tale surrounding a hospital and a group of medical students who face a race to find a serial killer terrorising the streets. This book is not typical "Rizzoli and Isles" but instead is a breath of fresh air. This book transported me back in time and the only down side was that the book had to end. I will be desperately searching for similar books set at the same time. Highly recommend.
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When I first started reading it I was a little irked that Tess 2 had stolen 2 of our greatest historical tales; Jack the Ripper and Burke & Hare. That is until I read more about the Resurrectionists in the US in the late 18th century! As for Jack the Ripper, a coincidence!
The story had me gripped early on and through to the end, with a lovely twist. Well done Tess, another triumph.
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A captivating tale, wrought around a cast of characters including the Boston physician most famous for his crusade to end the horror of Puerpal Fever. It is full of mystery, despair , horror, and the eventual truth. Though Wendell Holmes is a peripheral character it was an interest in him that brought me to read Tess Gerritson's novel. I found it a very satisfying read.
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Great book have been working my way through the series.
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A must read an amazing book, easily on of my fav Tess Gerritsen stand alowns
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Very unputdownable book, one of her best, if you like Tess you will love this, excellent price and a top quality item which was promptly sent.
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Tess Gerritsen gave up a successful medical practice so that she would have more time to bring up her children and concentrate on her writing. She lives in Maine, with her family. I read a couple of the authors books and thought that were really good suspense thrillers. Then I read a couple more that were so different, they did not seem to be by the same author. So I approached this book with a little trepidation, particularly as I am not a fan of books that revert from the present to the past, or vice versa.

This book was a revelation and certainly made me change my mind yet again about the author. This is Tess Gerritsen back to what she does best. Scare the pants off the reader.

In the present: Julia Hamill is the proud owner of a new property in Massachusetts, but while exploring her new purchase she horrified to find a skull buried in the rocky soil. She is even more stunned when the Boston medical examiner confirms that the skull is a human one, from a female and carries the marks of a murder weapon.

The story travels back over a hundred years when it was not unknown for medical students down on their luck to become Resurrectionist, a term conjured for those who are prepared to plunder the graves of the recently deceased. Dead bodies will always fetch good money to help with student fees. Norris Marshall is one such student. However, because of his illicit dealings, he finds himself a prime suspect when the murdered and subsequently mutilated body of a distinguished doctor is found in the university grounds.

Writing suspense novels is what Tess Gerittsen is good at and this novel is certainly back on the right track as far as I am concerned.
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For the first time in several years Tess Gerritsen has written a one-off novel, so there's no sign of Rizzoli and although Dr Maura Isles does get a mention, it's so insignificant as to be an indulgence on the author's part. Another cause for hesitancy before I hit the 'buy now' button was the knowledge that this story mostly takes place in the early 19th century, and not being one to buy any historical-style novels I did consider giving Tess's latest a miss. I'm glad I trusted her though, because I now realise that she did the right thing to take a break from Rizzoli, the timing was right, and there are enough autopsies to keep the fans of Dr Isles happy too - even if the images they portrayed were even more shocking then ever, such was the brutality and plain crudeness of the profession in Boston 180 years ago.

I wouldn't go as far as to call it a thriller however. Suspense levels were low but the overall style and flavour was different to anything from the Rizzoli series, and I found the atmospheric creations compelling, the characters and language authentic and above all I found the description of the early days of anatomical research and surgical techniques very interesting, if rather saddening. It made me realise how lucky we are today to have the luxuriously high standards of medical treatment and hospital safety that we do. This tale always held my attention, then, but mainly for the impression it gave that much of it was based on fact. It was almost like a fictionalised documentary, and I found the facts more compelling than the fiction. You could regard it as a testament not so much to the pioneering doctors and surgeons of that relatively primitive time, but to the countless victims of their research. If you like Tess Gerritsen's story-telling skills, this latest offering will not disappoint.
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