Review: Ripper


Ripper by Isabel Allende
2014, 496 pages

Mystery is not generally my genre. I occasionally pick them up, but more often stick to fiction…historical fiction. However, my friends are all about Allende, and this one happened to be available at the eBook library. So I figured I would give it a shot.

The story revolves around Amanda and her mother Indiana. They live in San Francisco with a small collection of unique friends. Amanda’s father, a police deputy, is blamed with her fascination with death, murders and other questionable interests for a teenage girl. Goodreads says:

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.

Amanda also plays Ripper online. Ripper is a game which “had revolved around fictional nineteenth-century crimes in a fog-shrouded London where characters were faced with scoundrels armed with axes and icepicks, archetypal villains intent on disturbing the peace of the city. But when the players agreed to Amanda Martin’s suggestion that they investigate murders in present-day San Franciso — a city no less shrouded in fog — the game took on a more realistic dimension.” Amanda determines that she needs to solve the mystery with her faithful Ripper crew, complete with friend code named Sherlock Holmes and her henchman, Kabel (really her grandfather).

And I can’t say any more because I would ruin the mystery! It’s a quick, very engaging read.

Rating: 5 out of 5 bedazzles