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The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda's father, she's reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her - Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco's elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL.
While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature - as is her father, the SFPD's deputy chief of homicide. Brilliant and introverted, the MIT-bound high school senior Amanda is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and to Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.
When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, probing hints and deductions that elude the police department. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother's disappearance have something to do with the series of deaths? Now, with her mother's life on the line, Amanda must solve the most complex mystery she's ever faced before it's too late.
©2014 Isabel Allende (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Critic Reviews

"Edoardo Ballerini gives an impeccable performance of Isabel Allende's excursion into contemporary crime fiction." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By cristina on 02-04-14

Extremely entertaining

Isabel Allende's first mystery novel. Not surprisingly, the mystery itself is secondary to the many magical characters Allende brings to life. And yet, the puzzle the teenage members of the role-playing game (Ripper) are trying to solve grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. Yes, some of the plot is far-fetched…but it wouldn't be Allende if there were no elements that were a tad fantastical. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect reader for this. I have said before that he could read a phone book and I would listen. It was sheer pleasure to have him read Allende's novel. Definitely recommend.

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2 out of 5 stars
By VE on 05-12-16

Dissappointing ending

What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

annoying when he does women's voices

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The mystery was engrossing for a while, and the first few murders seems to follow a plot line. But it seemed that the author didn't know where to go from there, and the story took a bizarre turn that made little sense. I was surprised by the female author's description of the physical traits of some of the female characters and by some degrading and disturbing sexual images.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By SAD on 01-18-16

An absorbing maze of a story

Would you consider the audio edition of Ripper to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is excellent as Mr Ballerini reads with precision and perfect expression.

What did you like best about this story?

The tension that builds up to the final scene

Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The rapport between grandfather and his granddaughter

Any additional comments?

Both for myself and my husband, a most rewarding choice of audio book.

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