Tess Gerritsen's chilling new bestseller uncovers secrets that are as old - and as terrifying - as time itself.
Newly divorced Julia Hamill is digging in her back garden in rural Massachuesetts when she uncovers soemthing soft and unyielding, a human skull belonging to a woman which, according to medical examiner Maura Isles, is over a century old.
Medical examiner Maura Isles quickly determines that the skeleton - that of a woman - dates back to the early 1800's. "But too much time has passed", Maura warns Julia, "We may never know the whole story of how she died".So begins a story that goes back to the 1830s; to a teaching hospital in Boston where doctors with dirty hands spread infection, when labouring mothers are crammed two a hospital bed on sheets still encrusted with the foul discharges of those who have died before them; to a medical student, Norris Marshall, who is forced to perform the most disgusting and secretive job of all.
Norris is a resurrectionist - a body-snatcher - a man who procures cadavers from grave robbers in order to further his study of human anatomy. And he is aided in his pursuit of knowledge by a fellow student, Oliver Wendell Holmes. Together they will hunt down the most notorious killer of their time who preys on the unwary; a shadowy figure whom Norris and Holmes track through graveyards and autopsy suites, through glittering ball rooms and the luxurious drawing rooms of Boston Brahmins. What neither of them realise is that the killer is far closer than they think...
Woven into this historical story is Julia's present-day narrative. With Maura Isles' help, she will work to uncover a secret that, over a century later, proves more shocking than she can imagine. Tess Gerritsen
left a successful practice as a medic to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. HARVEST, LIFE SUPPORT, BLOODSTREAM, GRAVITY, THE SURGEON, THE APPRENTICE and most recently THE SINNER have been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives with her husband and two sons in Maine.
Review: Riveting...the detail and depth is scary.
Random House Australia
Author: Tess Gerritsen
ISBN: 9780593057780 / 0593057783
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