Ripper: A Novel (Paperback)

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tAs he story opens, a distraught Amanda is convinced her mother, Indiana, is being held by a deranged serial killer with only hours to live.  Unless a
dramatic rescue succeeds, Indiana will become the killer’s 9th victim. 

The characters in Allende’s novel are very engaging, you will like them and find yourself rapidly turning pages to find out what will happen next.  Indiana is a blowsy, voluptuous blond, full of good intentions and totally disinterested in money.  She makes men a little crazy.  Arrogant, aristocratic Allen, her lover the past four years, is captivated but reluctant to introduce Indiana, with her casual sensuality, to his sophisticated friends.  Ryan, a former Navy Seal, would do anything for
Indiana, the only woman he will ever love. Blake is devoted to his daughter,
Indiana, but totally captivated by his granddaughter; time spent with Amanda is

Amanda is a brilliant teenager, socially awkward and unaware of her beauty, she is the games master, aided by her grandfather, for Ripper, a computer game attempting to solve murders. This time her game playing is going to hit too close to home.  

Amanda’s father, deputy chief of homicide for the San Francisco Police department, respects his daughter’s insights.  As the murders that will threaten his family begin to occur,they seem random and unconnected.  This man, so prone to protecting those he loves and so dedicated to his career, will not realize the killer is far more dangerous than he ever feared until he takes one of his own.

— Deon Stonehouse


“Literary icon Isabel Allende mesmerizes . . . this race-against-the-clock thriller is pure magic.”—People Magazine, Four Stars


New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with this atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who matches wits with a serial killer in San Francisco. 

Though they are as different as night and day, Indiana and Amanda Jackson have always shared a strong, mother-daughter bond. Beautiful and free-spirited, Indiana is a holistic healer. Teenage Amanda is a natural sleuth fascinated by the dark side of human nature like her father, the SFPD’s deputy chief of homicide. She also loves playing Ripper, an online mystery game.

When a serial killer strikes San Francisco, the young amateur detective plunges into her own investigation. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance be linked to the murders? With Indiana’s life on the line, Amanda must solve this perplexing mystery . . . before it’s too late.

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Praise For…

“Allende’s tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked is sharply perceptive, utterly charming, and intensely suspenseful.” — Booklist, starred review

“A rip-roaring, entertaining crime novel. . . .  Allende remains a remarkable spinner of stories. Her prose is sparkling and graceful . . . her ability to portray passion and action undimmed. Ripper grabs you, toys with you, amuses you…” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The novelist’s charming first murder mystery features an irresistible teenage sleuth.” — New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

“Thoroughly charming book. . . . A lot of fun to read.” — New York Times Book Review

“Literary icon Isabel Allende mesmerizes with her first crime novel…this race-against-the-clock thriller is pure magic.” — People Magazine, Four Stars

“Appealing characters, a fast-paced plot, and a successfully imagined killer add up to great entertainment.” — Library Journal

“[Allende’s] facility with plotting and pacing will keep readers turning the pages.” — Publishers Weekly

“It must have been surprising to discover that [Allende’s] particular literary strengths - a talent for dramatization, a delight in world-building and a passion for investigating relationships between family members - lend themselves so well to a genre she’s never bothered with before. I am hoping she’ll continue her killings.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“There are deliciously creepy elements in Ripper, much like those in the dark Scandinavian crime novels one of its characters loves.” — Seattle Times

“Allende doesn’t miss a beat, smoothly exposing the underbelly of the city and the shenanigans of its wealthy elite. You might guess the identity of the killer before the last pages, but you won’t care-the shocks and unexpected twists will keep you riveted until the end.” — More magazine

“Like many of Allende books it’s a joy to read with sentences to savor and read aloud. An excellent novel, RIPPER is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” — I Love a Mystery (Blog)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063021822
ISBN-10: 006302182X
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Pages: 576
Language: English