Isabel Allende (who, by the way, has sold nearly 60 million of her previous books worldwide) creates a new genre with Ripper: part murder mystery, part coming-of-age novel. As a string of psychically predicted murders happen across San Francisco, a teenage loner named Amanda sets off to solve the case. With the help of her few (and bizarre) friends, her grandfather, her spiritualist healer mother, and her actual-detective father, Amanda ends up in the world of crime way over her head, especially when her mother goes missing. It’s almost impossible to put this book down once you’ve dug into it. Allende relies on no archetypes; her characters are fresh and unforgettable. They will stick with you long after the last chapter, or, in some cases, long after they meet their gruesome ends. --Mary Marge
Indiana and Amanda Jackson 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. Teenage Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature--as is her father, the SFPD's deputy chief of homicide. Brilliant and introverted, Amanda is a natural-born sleuth addicted 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, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she's ever faced before it's too late.