Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

As soon as I started reading this book, I was reminded of why I love this author so much.

Beautiful seemingly effortless prose quickly wraps you up in the story.

I think this is my favorite novel by Gerritsen yet.

I'm a fan of the Jane Rizzoli books and Jane Rizzoli may be one of my favorite fictional characters, but this book, The Bone Garden, a stand-alone, had it all!

The book opens in the present day as a newly divorced and broken women discovers a skeleton in the overgrown garden of her newly purchased fixer-upper. We then go back in time to discover who this might have been. Thanks to Gerritsen's perfect descriptions, it was not too difficult to picture the dark and dreary world of Boston in 1830. Also thanks to her description there were several moments I had to put the book down to let my stomach settle as she described the medical methods used at the time. It was pretty gruesome and made me thankful for all the medical knowledge we have now. Things like, you know, wearing gloves and washing our hands. The heart of the book takes place in the past and features a dark and twisted murderer, an epic love story, and yes, lots of gory details.

On a side note, I found the racism towards immigrants from Ireland to be interesting. Apparently, overloaded borders has always been a problem for this country.

Also, you should check out Tess Gerritsen's blog, she gives a lot of insight into the life of a writer. For example, I had no idea that you have pay to have your book on that table you see when you first enter the bookstore and that 40 percent of the time, the bookstores don't even comply with their contract!


janetfaye said...

Going back in time and love sound interesting.

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