Ripper by Stefan PetruchaRipper by Stefan Petrucha


byStefan Petrucha

Paperback | April 4, 2013

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Panic grips the city!
There is a killer loose in New York City, and Carver Young is the only one who sees the startling connection between the recent string of murders and the most famous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Time is winding down until the killer claims another victim, but Carver soon sees that, to The Ripper, this is all a game that he may be destined to lose.

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up…”—Publisher’s Weekly
“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it-down twists an turns.” —VOYA
“A well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.” —Kirkus Reviews
A lifetime fan of comic books, science fiction, and horror, Stefan Petrucha developed a love for all sorts of literary work in high school and college, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so really, there’s no way out. At times he has been a tech writer, and educational writer, a public rel...
Title:RipperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 1.08 inPublished:April 4, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142424188

ISBN - 13:9780142424186


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Olden Time Mysteries Really Aren't My Thing... I don't know if it's just me, but I didn't seem to find this book enjoyable. I really like mystery stories, but nothing hardcore. I don't like the whole fact of big-shot detectives trying to solve the case, especially in olden times. But, Jack the Ripper really does interest me, and I remember enjoying The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson, which had a similar idea. The plot/concept was okay. The story built up pretty quickly and got straight to the point, but now when I think about it, the olden times setting probably ticked me off. I really prefer futuristic times, but obviously Jack the Ripper was living in the 19th century, so it makes sense. But, it got really boring at points and the middle to the end basically sucked, I'm not going to lie. Nothing was happening!  I really didn't like the characters. Carver was... absurd and peculiar. He wasn't normal, that's for sure but he seemed too interested and obsessed with things. I don't really like characters/protagonists like that, so I better stay away from these types of books.  I hate getting bored in books, like that's my pet peeve. Once I get bored from 70-100 pages, I decide that it's not a good book and I don't recommend it. That's exactly what I'm thinking about this one.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book was AWESOME! Honestly, one of the best mystery novels I've ever read! The plot is so well thought out that it makes me wonder how much work was really put into writing this intricate and interesting story; probably a lot. It is obvious that Petrucha has done his research and he laces his plot with facts from the unsolved case. I suppose that is one thing that makes this so fascinating; Jack the Ripper was never identified and the cases were never solved. There has been much speculation about the identity of the Ripper, but nothing was ever confirmed. I love that this novel plays upon those elements. Petrucha does eventually unmask his Ripper, but I love that the historical record leaves that up to individual's imagination. The characters develop very well throughout the entirety of the story, Carver being the main character who sees to experience the most change and development throughout his time with Mr. Hawking. His world is turned upside down when he discovers that his father is, in fact, Jack the Ripper, the most notorious serial killer in the world at that time. The characters are well rounded, both teen and adult, and this adds a further sense of mystery and fun to the overall plot. Petrucha does an excellent job developing historic New York as a character in the city. The pacing of the novel is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. Overall a very good read! 5 stars! ✮✮✮✮✮
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN ABSOLUTE MUST-READ!! Calling all readers who have a dependant relationship with suspenseful and unpredictable historical fiction mysteries; Ripper by Stefan Petrucha is just what you're looking for! Ripper was, without a doubt, one of the top 2012 young adult mystery titles that I was highly anticipating. I was counting down the days to it's release and when I was fortunate enough to receive a finished copy of the title for review from Penguin, I went ballistic! First and foremost, the designers behind the cover did an amazing job! The cover looks wonderful digitally but in person it's by far the most uniquely designed mystery novel I have sitting on my shelf. The texture, the palette of colors that compliment each other, and that tear of bright red blood that just shines off the face of the novel is beyond eye catching. Fortunately, in the case of Ripper by Stefan Petrucha, this novel is not just another pretty cover. In Ripper by Stefan Petrucha, readers become acquainted with Carver Young, an orphaned boy who dreams of becoming a detective. However, when he's told that because of his age he, and a few other children, are no longer allowed to stay at the orphanage and must find another suitable place for living, Carver begins to lose hope and expects the worst. Out of no where, Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, comes to the orphanage and adopts Carver, making all of Carver's dreams come true. However, Carver quickly begins to suspect that there's something more to this random act of kindness. On the streets of a panic-stricken New York City, Carver learns of a vicious killer who is suspected of being THE Jack the Ripper come to wreak havoc on the innocent. For a historical mystery with an exceptionally young protagonist, Ripper by Stefan Petrucha left me breathless and gasping for more! To be quite honest, I expected great things from Ripper but I was pleasantly surprised by what author Stefan Petrucha presented in his latest novel. One Carver Young, the main character in Ripper, was smart as a whip - I loved it! He was a fiercely observant, defiant, and persistent character that had me cheering for him eagerly from the side lines. Additionally, Stefan Petrucha's use of precise historical setting descriptions and famous people like Teddy Roosevelt himself had me swooning with excitement right from their immediate introduction. It should also be noted that Stefan Petrucha includes substantial notes about his research before writing Ripper at the back of the book, which wonderfully include Teddy Roosevelt's part in the entire story. Ripper, as I mentioned earlier, was an exciting thriller that had me latched to it's pages right from the first page. Despite that, Ripper slightly leaned towards the predictable side, though that isn't to say that it was disappointing on that front. Completely the contrary, in fact. Despite seeing the conclusion of Ripper from halfway through the novel, I still found myself enjoying how Stefan Petrucha pieced together the story of a young orphaned boy suddenly turned detective. Ripper by Stefan Petrucha is an absolute must-read mystery thriller! Young adults and adults alike will find themselves loving the historical setting, the wonderful cast of realistic and fun characters, and the constant downpour of exciting and table turning events.
Date published: 2012-03-19

Editorial Reviews

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up...” — Publishers Weekly

Petrucha "provides both a well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York and an enticing companion for it." — Kirkus Reviews