I have enjoyed many Tess Gerritsen books in the past and I looked forward to reading The Bone Garden: A Novelfor my book group. Sadly, this one has been on my shelf now for a couple of years.
The story begins when newly divorced Julia Hamill purchases a 130 year old house just outside of
and discovers a skeleton buried in the garden. Curious to find out more about the newly discovered bones, it seems a relative of the previous owner of the house has knowledge about how the bones got there, and as a result, the story is slowly revealed through a series of old letters. Boston
The real story takes place in
around the 1830s and revolves around the students of Boston and the patients of the affiliated hospital. One student in particular is brilliant but poor and in order to continue his studies at the school, is forced to become a Resurrectionist, (body snatcher) to pay for the cost of his education. Boston Medical College
This historical medical thriller depicts, disgusting unsanitary medical conditions of the 1800’s and a graphic amputation scene, which was a bit too much gore for me personally. The who-dun-it aspect of the book kept me reading, but by the end of the book, I found myself somewhat disappointed in the overall story.
RATING – 3.5/5 - COMPLETED –
WHERE FROM – My Stacks