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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It was a very good listen. I think I got the who donnit immediately but even still it was good fun and all tied up very neatly at the end - very satisfactory. I shall certainly be listening to more Tess Gerritsen
I came to The Bone Garden from enjoying Body Double and was keen to try a bit more Tess Gerritsen. Sadly, she doesn't make the transition to historical fiction well.
The constant jumping back and forth between time frames is quite irritating, especially when the link between them is so tenuous. The plot is thin for what is essentially an 1830 whodunnit, and in that context the present day passages seem like unnecessary adornments serving no real purpose.
The main problem with this title, though, is the narration. Many people have praised Lorelei King, but I found her choice of accents painfully off-putting. The male voices all sounded like a comedienne attempting to poke fun at gruff macho men. Worse still the attempts at Irish accents perpetually reminded me of Lea Thompson attempting Maggie McFly's brogue in Back To The Future. Acceptable for a two minute scene, but not an entire book.
Generally rather disappointing.
The time hooping between now and 1830
Rose and Norris. King is great in performing male and female voices and accents!
The end when everything unravelled and to see how Maggie flourished
Great Book! I was looking for a listen that would grab me for a long time, this one finally did it for me!
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