Book rating: 03 Paperback Fourth Estate

By (author) Isabel Allende

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  • Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 37mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 000754894X
  • ISBN 13: 9780007548941
  • Sales rank: 37,066

Product description

A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende. For Amanda Martin and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in the middle of a school gym, the murder presents a mystery that baffles the San Francisco police, not least Amanda's father, Deputy Chief Martin. Amanda goes online, offering 'The Case of the Misplaced Baseball Bat' to her fellow sleuths as a challenge to their real-life wits. And so begins a most dangerous obsession. The murders begin to mount up but the Ripper players, free from any moral and legal restraints, are free to pursue any line of enquiry. As their unique power of intuition lead them ever closer to the truth, the case becomes all too personal when Amanda's mother suddenly vanishes. Could her disappearance be linked to the serial killer? And will Amanda and her online accomplices solve the mystery before it's too late?

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Author information

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eighteen books, including 'Ines of My Soul', 'Daughter of Fortune', and 'Portrait in Sepia'. She has also written a collection of stories, four memoirs, and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

Customer reviews

By alexandra r 05 Mar 2014 3

I adored the stories of Eva Luna and couldn't wait to read Ripper which is hailed as a thriller.
Allende does a great job with her characters but the suspense just wasn't there until the last chapter.
Well written but not "gripping" - pick up and read if you have lots of patience and enjoy a slower pace.

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A literary banquet overflowing with morsels of Nancy Drew, mouthfuls of Agatha Christie, a sprinkle of Barbara Cartland and dashes of James Patterson and Tom Clancy ... [The]combination of detective story and romantic saga is likely to intrigue Allende fans ... What lingers is Allende's generosity with fictional detail, her warmth and humanity' Observer 'Idiosyncratic, unflinching, glaringly contemporary (it is about a bunch of online gamers who end up tracking a serial killer in San Francisco) and obviously much better written than it needs to be. Allende excels at exacting portraiture and barbed asides' Guardian 'As it gathers pace, the tale becomes gripping and delivers a clever final twist' Sunday Times '"Ripper" is full of wry humour. Brimming over with humanity it is very far from being a straightforward thriller ... All Allende's habitual concerns are on display: the interplay of character, the importance of family and the conflicting pulls of religion, spiritualism and alternative remedies ... Allende manages to pull it off as a terrific storyteller. She holds the reader's attention from start to finish and throws in a neat twist at the end' Daily Express, Five Stars 'Thoroughly charming book ... a lot of fun to read. Also, it features a teenage sleuth... who is pretty much irresistible ... Allende blithely dispenses with the more restrictive genre conventions to get to the fun parts ... A canvas so crowded with life that even death seems to melt into the background' New York Times 'Literary icon Isabel Allende mesmerizes with her first crime novel ... this race-against-the-clock thriller is pure magic' People Magazine 'The author handles a complicated plot and complex characters with great skill' Country Life Magazine

Editorial reviews

A crime novel from the bestselling author of "The House Of Spirits, City Of Beasts" and many others. 5 teens and an elderly man meet up regularly via the internet to play a game called Ripper, based on the crimes of the legendary serial killer Jack the Ripper. In 2012, 17-year-old Amanda tells her father, Chief Inspector Bob Martin, that the killer will end her mother's life if they don't stop him in time, as the game becomes reality.