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A fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062325921
Branch Call Number: F ALL NVD
Characteristics: 478 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank
Brock, Oliver (Translator)


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Jul 30, 2016

This was a Staff Pick so I rented it since I've read 3 other books by her that I really enjoyed Ines of My Soul, Maya's Notebook and Island Beneath the Sea.
I got to page 100 of this book and realized I was forcing myself to continue - not the objective of reading. Some people liked it but it's just not "my cup of tea".

Mar 23, 2015

The book plods along. There are too many characters, and some of them use code names in their computer game and are not important to the plot anyway, so their being there was one of the reasons the book feels heavy to read. Way too much detail about things not germane to the plot. Even the main characters seem two dimensional. If there was a theme to the book it was lost on me. I wouldn't recommend the book.

Diell Jan 09, 2015

interesting because it's Allende.
Teenage fiction.

Dec 12, 2014

This book has great characters that you will care about. The problem is the ending of the book. You will never figure out the killer, because it is a complex ending. It could have been written better. Would have loved if it was wriitten as a teen novel and just invovled the daugheter charater.

catden Jul 15, 2014

Excellent book.

May 22, 2014

Allende, not usually a mystery writer, has a real winner with Ripper. Amanda Martin is a highly intelligent high school senior who plays an online game with friends from around the world. They investigate real crimes which are happening in Amanda's home town of San Francisco. It's mostly an intellectual exercise until Amanda's mother disappears. The killer stikes at the full moon. Can the kids find the killer in time? Allende takes the time to give almost all of the characters a back story. This is unusual in murder mysteries and makes this one a cut above the average. Probably in my top five of the year so far.

May 21, 2014

I usually enjoy Allende's books but not this one. The story is far fetched and implausible. I found myself continuously scoffing at the plot and was hard pressed to finish this book. Finish it I did in the hope that it would improve but it didn't. It's a total let down compared with her usual engaging stories.

May 05, 2014

Absolutely terrific. I couldn't stop reading this excellent and literate thrilller.

Apr 23, 2014

Fluffy cliches. Edit it from 478 to 150 pages and it might be worth reading.

Jane60201 Apr 15, 2014

I read this because I've liked Isabel Allende's historical novels about South America in the past. This is nothing like the lyrical quality of those works. It is a mystery thriller set in the U.S. which doesn't stand out as great literature in my book.

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May 05, 2014

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May 05, 2014

A bunch of smart kids are trying to find a serial killer all by themselves. When one of the kids's mother is kidnapped, the search grows even more intense. I won't give away the ending!


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