Isabel Allende—the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world—demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco.

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Editorial reviews (6 reviews)

There are some cracking jokes here, and Allende has made a fair stab at doing something different with the crime genre. But, as Jack the Ripper could tell you, you need to do better than a fair stab to be truly memorable.

Allende does conjure up a genuinely surprising twist at the end, but by then, most smart readers will be trying to cleanse all memory of this tedious romp, perhaps by sinking down, down, down into bathtubs of powdered milk.

Make no mistake, there is a psychopath behind the serial killings, and the novel picks up the pace after the first 300 pages, but for this reader, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

Book Details  

Publisher: Harper (January 28, 2014)

Language: English

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