Ripper by Isabel AllendeRipper by Isabel Allende

Ripper

byIsabel Allende

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda's father, she's reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her-Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco's elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former U.S. Navy SEAL.

While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature, just like her father, the San Francisco Police Department's deputy chief of Homicide. Brilliant and introverted, the MIT-bound high school senior is a natural-born sleuth, addicted to crime novels and Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.

When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother's disappearance be linked to the serial killer? Now, with her mother's life on the line, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she's ever faced before it's too late.

ISABEL ALLENDEis the bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with more than 57 million copies sold. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literatu...
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Title:RipperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443426210

ISBN - 13:9781443426213

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ripper A quite slow pace for a thriller, though I thought the characters were well-developed. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her finest work Let me begin with the ending: yikes. I actually cringed. I so wanted to like this, but the entire time I was reading, I felt that something was off. It's almost like Allende was writing a parody of a genre book? There was a twist that I did not anticipate, but otherwise, I found this novel tedious and overly descriptive. Combine that with generally unlikable and/or stock characters, and you've got a pretty good idea of Ripper.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ripper I quite enjoyed the book, it was not a book I would have bought at full price at the time but found it on sale and people should pay full price for it. Kept me turning the pages.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea This book took me quite some time to read, in part because I couldn't sink into it the way I normally do with mystery novels. The crimes were grisly, as I've come to expect from books like this but I couldn't help but feel that something here was lost in translation. Some scenes just seemed extraneous and like they were there to fill the pages over containing any pertinent information. I found the plot a little bit predictable, although a child as a main character in a novel such as this was an interesting idea and I found myself enjoying Amanda and some of the other characters. I figured out the two possibilities of who the killer could be, and lo and behold they were both one person so I felt a little bit accomplished. I feel like there was no reason to kill Ryan however, and do wonder why the author decided to make that decision. For me the most interesting parts of the novel were the last 100 pages, beyond that it is something I won't pick up again but I just don't think the style and pacing was my cup of tea.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ripper by Iasbel Allende Grips you right from the beginning and doesn't let go .. Fabulous read
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missed the mark for this reader Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea is one of my favourite books. (my review) I think she's brilliant when it comes to writing historical fiction. Her last novel, Maya's Notebook, (my review) was a contemporary piece with a teenage protagonist. Ripper is Allende's latest novel and is again set in present day with a teenage protagonist. Amanda and her five teenage online friends from around the world are part of a role playing game named Ripper. They investigate "fictional nineteenth century crimes in a fog-shrouded London where characters were faced with scoundrels armed with axes and icepicks, archetypal villains intent on disturbing the peace of the city." When a famous astrologer (who just happens to be Amanda's godmother) predicts a "bloodbath" in Amanda's city (San Francisco) the young crime solvers move their focus to real time cases. Okay, so that's the basic premise. It actually took me a bit to get into the novel. There are numerous characters and connections introduced in the first few chapters. I admit to feeling a bit confused as I tried to work out what the focus of the book was. Is it the murders? Or is it the story of Amanda's mother Indiana? Indi is a free spirited new ager who is torn between two lovers. There are many more storylines as the book continues - a few too many in my opinion. I usually enjoy Allende's in-depth study of her characters, but in Ripper I just felt overwhelmed. Some of the relationships seemed odd, stilted and convenient. Amanda's father just happens to be the Deputy Police Chief of Homicide. Much of the Ripper players' knowledge is freely and easily obtained from him. ( I just never really bought the Ripper players - they seemed more of a prop than an effective part of the book.) Many of the (numerous) other characters are clichéd and overdrawn. From the author's acknowledgements: "This book was born on January 8, 2012 when my agent, Carmen Balcells, suggest to my husband, Willie Gordon, and me that we cowrite a crime novel. We tried, but within twenty-four hours it was clear the project would end in divorce. So he stuck to his own work - his sixth detective novel- while I shut myself away to write alone, as always." I appreciate that an author would be interested in exploring something new and applaud Allende's foray into new genres. But, for this reader, Ripper was a bit of strange read. It was just way too busy and tried to do too much. There's the murder mystery, social commentary on war and the legal system, history, a love story, exploration of alternative therapies, new ageism, and more. The identity of the whodunit is well telegraphed despite the twist that Allende employs at the end. And the murderer's motive has been done many times before. (And the publisher's blurb of 'fast-paced mystery' misses the mark completely) I still think Allende is a wonderful writer, but Ripper missed the mark for me.
Date published: 2014-01-28

Editorial Reviews

“[A] rip-roaring, entertaining crime novel. . . . Allende remains a remarkable spinner of stories. Her prose is sparkling and graceful . . . her ability to portray passion and action undimmed. Ripper grabs you, toys with you, amuses you.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)“Thoroughly charming book. . . . A lot of fun to read.” —The New York Times Book Review“It must have been surprising to discover that [Allende’s] particular literary strengths—a talent for dramatization, a delight in world-building and a passion for investigating relationships between family members—lend themselves so well to a genre she’s never bothered with before. I am hoping she’ll continue her killings.” —San Francisco Chronicle