The Bone Garden - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn McCormick (Narrator) 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. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, ... more »is knowledge lost to another time. . . .
Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists" -- those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.
To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city -- from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power -- on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity.
This is a compelling mystery that jumps back and forth between the present and the past. The murders are violent and gruesome. There's a very realistic depiction of childbirth in the days of childbed fever, descriptions of human dissection by medical students, and a subtle overlay of reincarnation. It's not my personal preference, but if you like realistic descriptions of this sort, it's very good at that.
What an interesting story. Set in present day with flashbacks to a different time. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. The was my first Tess Gerritsen book, after listening to it I went on to read the rest of her novels.