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Ripper
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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.The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while 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, like her father, the SFPD s Deputy Chief of Homicide. Brilliant and introverted, the MIT-bound high school senior is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and 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, 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."
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Ericalambbrown
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

I actually really liked this book. (I‘ve read some scathing reviews.) It was hard for me to put down. Sure, it‘s not like anything else I‘ve ever read by Allende but I don‘t expect authors to turn out the same style every book. Some of the characters are terribly flawed - I‘d even describe the lead character as bratty. But that made her more real for me. I thought this was great popcorn murder mystery. First book of the year logged!

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Literaturenut
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Panpan

This was not good. It was so homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic. It reads like it was written 10 years before it was. On top of that it‘s full of plot holes and boring tropes.

#SocialMediaFocus #Booked2019 #29of65 #audiobook

Cinfhen Wow! How disappointing 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job on getting through a book worth panning! 👊🏻♥️📚 7mo
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NatalieR
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

My first Isabel Allende novel and I loved it! A teenage girl in San Francisco runs an online game called Ripper with a small group of friends from across the world and her grandpa. They work to solve real life murders. She never expects her game to impact her life until her mom disappears. I really enjoyed the thorough character development of her writing. 4 1/2 🌟 #MountTBR

SilversReviews Beautiful photo. 8mo
NatalieR @SilversReviews Thanks! 😊 8mo
Hooked_on_books This is the only one of hers I‘ve read as well. I liked it. I‘m told it‘s quite different from her other books, so I have no idea what to expect from those. 8mo
NatalieR @Hooked_on_books Interesting. I put some of her other books on my Overdrive wishlist. Hopefully I‘ll get to them soon. 😬 8mo
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Deborah42
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Mehso-so

Not what I expect from Allende, but it did keep me turning pages.

A group of teenagers belong to an online murder club where they investigate crimes and try to solve them before the police do. A series of disturbing murders hits too close to home and the group scrambles to catch a killer before it‘s too late.

The end is weak, as the killer‘s identity should have been obvious to the super-intuitive healer who spent so much time w/ the killer.

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mrozzz
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

Well, Allende has a great mind, able to build an intricate story using many pieces, and despite lacking a clear focus due to length & a large number of characters, I was entertained.

I was quite invested halfway in, trying to determine the killer‘s identity. The idea of the online Ripper group- of which the daughter (Amanda) of the MC (Indiana) is a part, along with Indiana's father- convening to discuss/solve real murder cases, was VERY cool.

ofclumsywords This sounds like a great book! I just placed a hold for it on Libby! 2y
mrozzz Definitely worth a shot I‘d say 😃 @Ofclumsywords Hope you enjoy it too! 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Panpan

I missed yesterday's #mysterymonday! But I'll do it now anyway bc I wanted to review Ripper which I finished 9/9. I started on my backpacking trip bc I figured it would be gripping enough to keep me hiking. Figured out it would be bad pretty quick, but it was amusing enough for its purpose. Many ppl complain of many back stories and descriptive passages due to their postponing the mystery aspect, but they...(cont. in comments) #awesomeautumnbooks

Natasha.C.Barnes ...were actually my favorite parts bc for the most part Allende was best at fleshing out some of her characters (except the teen, who was poorly written) and not so great at the murder mystery of it all...but then it felt like it all started to slip downhill and some characters changed drastically and started doing out-of-character things, so, I'd have to say proceed at your own risk. Definitely not your typical Allende. 2y
Lcsmcat I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was really disappointed by this one, and I'm an Allede fan. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Lcsmcat Yeah--I actually downloaded it for my mom bc she loves Allende w/o looking at it and then realized that she wouldn't like it (she can't handle even the idea of something scary, lol) and read that it wasn't at all like other Allende...so I tried not to come in with expectations or base my feelings off her earlier work, but it was still bad. 😆 2y
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Bklover
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#jubilantjuly I haven't read this yet, but sounds like #onomatopoeia to me!

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GatheringBooks
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#LyricalApril Day 14: #UnderTheBridge - I love all of Allende's novels but haven't gotten around to reading it yet - and that glowing bridge! perfect for today's meme.

Cinfhen Is that the Golden Gate Bridge??? 3y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen yikes! i have absolutely no clue! hahahaha. 3y
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Ubookquitous
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#signedsunday
One of the reason's I love Allende is her variety of 'genres' she writes. I waited a while to find a signed hardcover of this novel. #womenintranslation #readdiversebooks

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TheKidUpstairs
Ripper | Isabel Allende
Bailedbailed

Bailing on this one, for now at least. I just keep finding excuses to read something else. I put it aside to finish The Girl with All the Gifts for the #buddyread in time and I really don't want to pick it up again. So I'm taking the pressure off myself; reading should be something you WANT to do, right?

Lcsmcat This was my least favorite Allende so far. But enough of her books have been gems to keep me reading her 3y
DGRachel I almost bought this today. Now I'm glad I skipped it. 😳 3y
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TheKidUpstairs
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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"From an early age Amanda had been a passionate reader, with all the dangers such a pastime entails."

Here's to dangerous pastimes!

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GidgetsTreasures75
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

My 9th finished book of 2017.

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MarticaMustRead
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

3.5 ⭐'s #Audiobook ??

Surprising, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Allende is a fav author of mine & I'd read such mostly negative reviews on this that I figured I'd hate it. But there was such wonderful & rich character relationships here, something that Allende is excellent at developing-that of Amanda & her grandfather for instance, that I could look past the fact that it didn't really feel like a so called "thriller."

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MrBook
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#TBRtemptation post! Any Isabel Allende fans here? There's got to be a few, considering she's sold over 50 million copies 😊👍🏻. New library acquisition--though it's been out a couple years, there's a huge up-tick in patron requests for this title. Is there a tv series or film in the works? A San Francisco police family, the mother disappears & the high-school daughter connects it to murders plaguing the city. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

TheBookAddict 🙋🏽...thanks Mr. Book, now I have another book to add to my list.😔😉💕📚💕 3y
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed this book. I haven't read her others and am told by those who have that this one is quite different. 3y
CocoReads I enjoyed Zorro but not House of the Spirits. I have this one on my ereader (I think) and am looking forward to trying it 3y
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BeckyD I've never read her, but this sounds really good 3y
Garabrandtreviews A favorite author of mine! I love Eva Luna, Maya's notebook, and the Japanese Lover. 3y
hyacinth @Garabrandtreviews I have the Japanese Lover and hope to read it soon. I've heard great things about Allende. 3y
ApoptyGina69 I've read nearly all her books. I grew up in San Francisco and her son would be at parties where I was. Ripper is not her very best, but I did enjoy it. As with so many things, it's best to start at the beginning 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I heard she's a great author. I started off with Ripper and I believe the book is a departure from her usual genre. I did not like it and dnf. I think @ApoptyGina69 is right- Ripper is not her best book. 3y
Lidia I've only read Paula, her memoir about her life and her daughter's illness. It was such an emotional story. I would like to read one of her novels. 3y
MrBook @TheBookAddict Glad I could be of service 😎👌🏻😂👏🏻! @Hooked_on_books Who thanks for the insight of passing the insight along 😁👏🏻👏🏻😆👍🏻👍🏻!! @CocoReads Do tell when competed 😊👍🏻! @Bd200889 Doesn't it 😁👏🏻👏🏻? @Garabrandtreviews 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! @hyacinth 😎👌🏻🙌🏻! @ApoptyGina69 😳😱😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Wooow!! @erzascarletbookgasm Even the best can falter 😕☺. @Lidia Oh my, sounds like a great read. Added! 😊👍🏻 3y
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lute
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

Loved it! Filled with a diverse bunch of characters and beautiful descriptions of San Francisco. Improbable situations, and unrealistic scenarios just made it more enjoyable.

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lute
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Over half way through and really enjoying it. I like a large assortment of odd characters. Except I have a cat sitting in the window above me whacking me in the head with her tail. She's a bit passive aggressive when I read.

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lute
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#ReadJanuary
#ThisMonthsTBR

I've already started Ripper. It's only my third Allende novel but I'm amazed at the differences in her books. Take her name from the covers and I would never guess it was her.

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ApoptyGina69
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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I am behind in my posts, so you'll be seeing a lot from me today. 😍#gaminginthelitworld Ripper is the name of the online game Amanda and her pals play unearthing clues and solving murders. One in particular... #octphotochallenge Set in San Francisco's North Beach plus its Allende and, while not her best, I liked it anyway.

Karkar I see minions ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
ApoptyGina69 @Karkar true! They are everywhere around here-in house plants, next to computers, on drinking glasses, on notebooks... crazy little guys!! 3y
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sheilaghcolleen
Ripper | Isabel Allende

"Everything happens simultaneously, she thought to herself; time does not exist, there are no limits in space, we are part of the spiritual whole that embraces all the souls of previous incarnations, the spirits of the past and of the future. We are tiny drops in one great ocean.."

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ApoptyGina69
Ripper | Isabel Allende

Another prolific author of whom I've read tons. This book was only OK. I like the San Francisco north beach setting however.

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Readaholics
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Mehso-so

I love Isabel Allende's magical realism. This is not like that, instead it's a thriller set in San Francisco. A mother daughter duo uncovers a serial killer terrorizing the city. I loved the strong female characters, but the storyline seemed obvious from the start ( hello a BFF is a navy seal?).

KVanRead Yup. Was super disappointed by this one. 4y
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