Quick Book Review: The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
February 16, 2012 8 Comments
I’ve read a few books by Gerritsen but this one is quite different from the hospital thrillers I know. There is some medical drama, but it’s in the past, in 1830. The story alternates between the past and the current time.
It all starts in modern times when Julia Hamill moves into a cottage. When she digs up the garden she finds some human bones. A family member of the previous owner has many old papers going back even to 1830 and Julia goes to visit this man, 89-year old Henry, to try and discover who used to live in her house and what their story is.
In 1830, Rose is left with her new-born baby niece when her sister dies while giving birth. It appears there are people that want to get hold of the baby, and she leaves her with a nurse maid. Then several people (who all were present at the birth) die at the hands of a shadowy figure.
When Norris Marshall, a medical student, is accused of the murders, his and Rose’s lives come together. They need to find out who the real killer is before Norris is convicted and hung.
The historical part was good and convincing. I could picture Rose’s poor circumstances very well. I didn’t find Rose very likeable but she was a good person, looking after her niece whatever it took. She was a resourceful person, and it was interesting to see how she solved the problems she came across.
The modern part of the story was a bit disjointed. A lot of what was described in the historical sections was assumed to be known in the current time. Julia and Henry had obviously found out that information while researching the past, but that was not made clear. To me, the fact that I knew what happened to Rose doesn’t mean Julia and Henry would necessarily know.
Overall it was a good read and if you’ve only read Gerritsen’s hospital books, you’re in for a surprise.