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Ripper Kindle Edition

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

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

“[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)

“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))


A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende.

For Amanda Martín and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in the middle of a school gym, the murder presents a mystery that baffles the San Francisco police, not least Amanda’s father, Deputy Chief Martín. Amanda goes online, offering ‘The Case of the Misplaced Baseball Bat’ to her fellow sleuths as a challenge to their real-life wits. And so begins a most dangerous obsession.

The murders begin to mount up but the Ripper players, free from any moral and legal restraints, are free to pursue any line of enquiry. As their unique power of intuition lead them ever closer to the truth, the case becomes all too personal when Amanda’s mother suddenly vanishes. Could her disappearance be linked to the serial killer? And will Amanda and her online accomplices solve the mystery before it’s too late?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1491 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 494 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (28. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 000754894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007548941
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen 3 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #130.626 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Von H.G. am 11. September 2014
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Die Autorin gerät in den Alterstil, also nicht erzählen, sondern eher berichten. Arg viele Personen, aber dann gut konturierte Eigenarten. Alle sind romantisch überzeichnet. Zu deutlich. Die Handlung ist in zu viele Episoden zerlegt.
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The novel is a little boring at times. I was expecting more local touch to SF thats why I bought the book in the first place. This was not the case. The story is nice - but not especially demanding.
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ich hatte sehr viel Spaß und Spannung beim Lesen dieses Buches. Ich kann es wirklich weiter empfehlen. Vielen Dank an den Autor.
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HASH(0x9923af90) von 5 Sternen A Little Mystery Inside A Large Character Study 8. Dezember 2013
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Over the past few years, Isabel Allende has been trying to stretch her literary abilities by writing in genres outside of those that made her famous. She's dabbled in fantasy (Zorro), historical fiction (Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath The Sea), children's literature (City of Beasts), and even Young Adult (Maya's Notebook). It's admirable that Allende is tackling these styles at a point in her career when many authors at similar junctures would be coasting on their reputations. But, attempting doesn't guarantee succeeding. As is the case with several of her other forays into new territory, Allende proves with Ripper that the skill set which makes one a good novelist doesn't always work when applied to other genres.

Ripper is theoretically the story of a girl and her cohorts who, in the course of playing the game "Ripper", attempt to solve real murders: murders that eventually impact her immediate family. However, Allende establishes early in the book that she's not overly interested in the mystery (in fact, she has one of her characters disparage mysteries by commenting on how easy it is to write one). Instead, Allende is more interested in subjects that her long time readers will recognize: the power of family, the strength of women, the loutish nature of most men, and the role of the slightly supernatural in our lives. When Allende is playing in her usual sandbox of themes, Ripper holds together very well. She meticulously develops her characters, builds plausible scenes with those characters to highlight the themes, and even provides them with realistic dialogue (long a weakness of Allende's). But, so much energy is poured into the character study that the mystery becomes even more of an afterthought than Allende establishes early in the book. Consequently, the murderer becomes obvious (I almost never figure out who the murderer is in mysteries, but I was able to spot the murderer upon their first appearance in Ripper), the method for solving the crime becomes too coincidental for belief, and the ending is simply outlandish. After seeing the slapdash way the mystery is handled, one realizes that they are reading a book that's a "mystery" in marketing only.

Ripper feels like two stories uncomfortably fit into one. One story is a thoughtful character study where a woman tries to decide between two lovers while still maintaining a relationship with her family and friends. But, it seems Allende couldn't figure out where to take that story. So, she tacked on a second story: a mystery involving the woman's daughter and her daughter's friends who attempt to solve crimes. Unfortunately, the mystery does nothing to enhance the character study; and, in fact, weakens it. Again, Allende deserves some credit for trying a new tact in her writing. But, after seeing the results of that attempt, Allende should find an avenue other than mysteries to further develop her skill.
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HASH(0x99834e70) von 5 Sternen Bitterly disappointed 11. Oktober 2013
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I can not tell you how disappointed I am in this book. Isabel Allende is a great novelist and I was looking forward to her foray into mystery writing. It was so bad that I couldn't believe she has written it. I puzzled whether some non-talented relative wrote this under her name. It is the only scenario that makes sense to me. It has an unbelievable plot full of holes and cardboard characters.

Let's start with the characters. Indiana is Amanda's mother and a holistic healer. She practices Intuitive massage, Reiki, magnet therapy, crystal therapy and aromatherapy. Amazingly, she struggles to make a living. She has an ample diva bosom, a blond mane sinuous curves, long lashes and the "sexiness of a gangsters' moll". Sound a little trite yet? She also dates a man who is a scion of a wealthy San Francisco family who is so embarrassed by the way she dresses that he doesn't take her out in public. Amanda is a typical geeky teen-ager who has a small group of geeky friends that meet on-line and solve crimes. Amanda's father is the SFPD deputy chief of homicide, thankfully,and provides her insider information on cases that her group tries to solve.

It's just as corny as it sounds. It gets more pedestrian. Amanda goes to a party that is raided by the police and she manages to hide out in a carton. Indiana's rich boyfriend suffers from erectile dysfunction. Indiana has the ability to heal by her mere presence. It just goes on and on. Nothing is realistic. Everything makes you roll your eyes. Will it ever get better? No. It just goes from one cliche to another. Stop it.

This book should never have published. It is certainly not up to Allende's standards and I am not sure it would pass a college composition class. It's so very sad. Please don't waste your time with it. You'll be as disappointed as I was.
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HASH(0x9923cdbc) von 5 Sternen nope 14. Oktober 2013
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This is the book. THE BOOK. The one about which I finally stand up and say NO MORE. I have been a fan of Allende's all the way back to the beginning. Eva Luna, House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows; these books all blew me away. Her lyrical prose, the magical realism style with which she exposes the corruption of unnamed South American countries and opened my eyes to a different world. Then, along came Daughter of Fortune, a novel set in the gold-rush era in California. I loathed that book and hoped for every character to die an terrible death just so the book would end already. I knew there was no way I'd pick up her next book, Portrait in Sepia, and make it out alive. I didn't read her work again until Maya's Notebook, though Ines of my Soul is on my bookshelf. Maya's Notebook was a semi-crime novel but it took a long way to get to the point. I only enjoyed it because it took me back to South America, a place where I feel Allende brings her best self.

But Ripper? Oh, no, no, NO! I tried, I really did. I read over 200 pages before I finally screamed and threw the book. It is described as "an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco." Oh, really now? Fast-paced? Like a snail maybe. How about as fast as an old man walking up Everest using only a cane? Yeah, about that fast. And the teenage sleuth Amanda? She and her forays into an online game called Ripper which she uses to try and solve a series of crimes happening in San Fransisco are brief interludes between the long, long descriptions and back story of her mother, Indiana, and her many lovers and friends. Of course one them is the killer. I hope it isn't the really obvious one. But I skipped to the end and it is! Shocker.
The long, boring descriptions ruined a good premise. Had it focused more on Amanda and her investigation and her relationship with her grandfather, it would have been better, tons better.

I am realizing more and more than when authors reach a certain status, anything they write will get published and I'm sure no one deigns to edit her highness. If you are going to title your book "Ripper", there are going to be expectations of a decent crime novel. Which this wasn't. Which Allende can't write. But is anyone who works with her going to tell her so? Probably not. She is a highly respected novelist. People write great reviews on crappy work because it makes them feel more literary. Not me. The Emperor wears no clothes and I'm not afraid to say it. I've read great novels. This was not one of those. Do not waste your time or money! $14 for this? Good-bye Isabel, we will not meet again.
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HASH(0x9923ccd8) von 5 Sternen Oh no! 26. November 2013
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This book is embarassingly bad. S-l-o-w and puerile. It's hard to believe that such an accomplished writer could go so far astray. The lead character Indiana is a Barbie-doll with a Valley-girl manner of speaking. The hero, a Navy SEAL is cartoonishly unbelievable. Indiana's daughter ... No. I'll stop. There's just no point to going on. These are plastic people I couldn't care about in the least. Ripper is a failed effort and not worth the time it takes to slog through the 400+ pages. Give this one a miss. Spare yourself the tedium.
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HASH(0x9923cdc8) von 5 Sternen Review of Ripper 28. Januar 2014
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Let me start this review by saying that when I went to add Ripper to my Goodreads “currently reading” list, I was dismayed to see the plethora of low star ratings. I couldn’t understand it – surely it was a bunch of people who didn’t know what they were talking about. You see, this is not my first Allende book and I was confident that I knew her style, I knew what she was capable of and there was just no way that she could put out anything that would merit less than four stars from me.

Then I started to read Ripper. I cannot tell you of the depths of my disappointment, folks. The only thing that kept me going through this story was sheer stubbornness. I wanted Allende to redeem herself, to step out of this box she created that just screamed inexperienced author and do something brilliant. For a moment, I even entertained the idea that the writing was somehow part of the story, that it would come out that there was a twist and there was a reason she was writing the way she was.

So what was so bad? Allende’s writing in Ripper reminded me of some pretty cheesy urban paranormal novels I’ve read. Constant referring to the Navy SEAL (many times in place of his name), a constant reminder of what the strengths and weaknesses of various characters were. A systematic, and very predictive, plot that left absolutely no surprises. Those are a few of the most glaring things that went wrong here. To be honest, at times I felt like I was reading something that was part-Harlequin romance, part dime-novel thriller.

That’s not to say there wasn’t some good things – although those were too few and far between. I did enjoy the initial character sketch of each major player. Allende relied on her characters to tell the story and she just relied too much on them. Instead of developing the stories after the characters had been fleshed out, she continued to go back and flesh them out more and more until I felt like I was reading the equivalent of a broken record to the ear.

Folks, you don’t even know how hard it is to write this review because I was really, really excited to get my hands on Ripper and I was really excited to read it. I bumped it to the top of my list and dove in, positive that I would love it and that everyone else would be wrong. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Pass this one by and go read something else by Allende instead.
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