Ripper (Large Print / Paperback)
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
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.