Ripper: A Novel

Front Cover
HarperCollins, Jan 28, 2014 - Fiction - 496 pages
36 Reviews

The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Though 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—as is her father, the SF PD's deputy chief of homicide. Brilliant and introverted, the MIT-bound high school senior Amanda is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and to 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, probing hints and deductions that elude the police department. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother's disappearance have something to do with the series of deaths? Now, with her mother's life on the line, Amanda must solve the most complex mystery she's ever faced before it's too late.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

And the ending was fine. - Goodreads
But Allende struggles with pacing and tone. - Kirkus
There is no happy ending here, but a satisfactory one. - Goodreads
The ending is incredible, to say the least. - Goodreads
Okay, so that's the basic premise. - Goodreads

Review: Ripper

User Review  - Helen Bower - Goodreads

I first read Allende my freshman year of college. I was taking a class called International Short Fiction by women and Allende's collection 'The Stories of Eva Luna' gave an interesting insight into ... Read full review

Review: Ripper

User Review  - aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR - Goodreads

There are a number of problems in reading this book. The Number One problem is Upfront Bald-Faced Lying in the marketing of the book. 1. The title has nothing to do with the contents of the book on ... Read full review

All 2 reviews »

About the author (2014)

Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young-adult novels, which have been translated into more than thirty-five languages with sales in excess of fifty-seven million copies. She is the author most recently of the bestsellers Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Bibliographic information