Review: Ripper, Isabel Allende

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Ripper, Isabel Allende
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 Navy SEAL.
While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature, like her father, the SFPD'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 Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. She currently resides in California with her husband. Allende adopted U.S. citizenship in 2003.

I love thrillers. I love situation in which people puzzle along with the crimes committed as that will mean you can puzzle along. And it is Isabel Allende so that mus be interesting.
I liked the developments in the mystery part of the story. The ripper game and how everybody got involved in the puzzling. But something was totally distracting me from the whole mystery part and that were the characters. There are so many people playing a part in this book. In a way it made the puzzle interesting because there are a lot of suspects but there was so much information on all of them. All of the got background stories and basics and had things happening to them. Some details even got mentioned multiple times specially in the Amanda / Indiana / Grandfather combination details about the other characters where mentioned several times. Though I like character development I felt it overruled the whole mystery murder case thing in the book and I got bored a bit. The end is spectacular though so I am glad I finished it.

Ripper
Author: Isabel Allende
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062291408
ISBN-13: 9780062291400
Harper: eBook | Hardcover
Ripper
3 stars

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Melinda
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31 January, 2014 delete

I haven't read a murder mystery/thriller in a while!

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01 February, 2014 delete

I’m reading this right now and I’ve heard mixed reviews. I’m glad that the end justifies it :)

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01 February, 2014 delete

I read Daughter of Fortune about a million years ago, but Allende's style wasn't quite my cup of tea.

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Amy Yingling
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05 February, 2014 delete

This sounds good I will have to check it out, I read her book Maya's Notebook and enjoyed it so I am jotting it down on my list now!

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